Liberty-Benton jumped on top early and held off visiting Arlington for a 4-2 Blanchard Valley Conference baseball win on Wednesday.
The victory moved the Eagles closer to a share of the BVC title as they improved to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in conference play. L-B has a key makeup game with Van Buren (3-1 BVC) scheduled for tonight.
Jared Neiling put together another strong outing on the mound for the Eagles allowing just two runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Nick Affholder allowed four runs on four hits with seven walks and three strikeouts in taking the loss for Arlington (11-4, 4-2).
Caleb Russell smacked a double and drove in a pair of runs. Alex Harter also drove in a run as the Eagles made the most of their five hits.
Tyler Richard had a double and two RBIs and Affholder and Zachary Durliat both added a pair of singles for the Red Devils.
Arlington 000 002 0 — 2 6 0
Liberty-Benton 220 000 x — 4 5 2
WP — Neiling (4-1). LP — Affholder. top hitters: (L-B) Russell 2B, 2 RBI; Webb 1B; Neiling 1B; Ostrander 1B; Young 1B. (Arl) Durliat 2-1B; Affholder 2-1B; Richard 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 14-1 overall, 6-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arlington 11-4, 4-2.
McCOMB — Mitch Schroeder doubled and singled driving in a run as the Panthers stopped Pandora-Gilboa 5-3 in a Blanchard Valley Conference game.
Clay Dysert had a pair of singles with an RBI and Clay Grubb went the distance on the mound allowing just three runs to get the victory for McComb (12-3 overall, 5-1 BVC).
Alex Osborn doubled and singled and Dustin Rieman, Jacob Basinger and Brian Schneck each added two singles for Pandora-Gilboa (7-7, 3-3).
Pandora-Gilboa 200 001 0 — 3 8 1
McComb 200 120 x — 5 9 0
WP — Grubb (4-1). LP — Schmenk. top hitters: (McC) Schroeder 2B, 1B, RBI; Dysert 2-1B, RBI; Skilliter 1B, RBI. (P-G) Osborn 2B, 1B; Schneck 2-1B; Basinger 2-1B; Rieman 2-1B.
records: McComb 12-3 overall, 5-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 7-7, 3-3.
VANLUE — Despite committing eight errors, Cory-Rawson rode a dominating pitching performance from Matt Alspach and took care of Vanlue 6-3 in a Blanchard Valley Conference baseball game.
Alspach (1-0) pitched a complete game, allowing an earned run on three hits while striking out four. Lance Butler led Cory-Rawson (2-10, 2-3 BVC) at the plate, ripping two doubles and driving in a run. Logan Cawley also had a single and two RBIs.
Nick Hagerty suffered the loss for Vanlue (2-9, 1-5 BVC) as Troy Ritter singled.
Cory-Rawson 200 121 0 — 6 7 8
Vanlue 020 000 1 — 3 3 3
WP — Alspach (1-0). LP — Hagerty. top hitters: (C-R) Butler 2-2B, RBI; Cawley 1B, 2 RBI. (Van) Ritter 1B.
records: Cory-Rawson 2-10 overall, 2-3. Vanlue 2-9, 1-5.
VAN BUREN 21
HARDIN NORTHERN 1
DOLA — Van Buren’s Isaac Sexton shut down Hardin Northern on three hits as the Black Knights whipped the Polar Bears 21 in a Blanchard Valley Conference baseball game.
Sexton allowed just one run with eight strikeouts in five innings to get the win.
Drew Conner swung a big bat for the Black Knights as he homered with a pair of singles. Sexton had a pair of doubles and Schuyler Turner added three singles for the Black Knights (10-4 overall, 4-1 BVC).
Jacob Gossard, Rylie Drumm and Kyle Lamb singled for Hardin Northern (0-11, 0-5).
Van Buren 02(10) 90 — 21 19 0
Hardin Northern 001 00 — 1 3 9
WP — Sexton. LP — Gossard. top hitters: (VB) Conner 2-1B, HR; Turner 3-1B; Sexton 2-2B; Whitticar 2-1B; Sonnenberg 2-1B. (HN)_ Gossard 1B; R. Drumm 1B; Lamb 1B.
records: Van Buren 10-4 overall, 4-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Hardin Northern 0-11, 0-5.
LEIPSIC — Leipsic’s Dylan Schey allowed one run on one hit while striking out four batters in five innings and Pierce Henry ripped an RBI-triple in the fifth inning to lead the Vikings past Arcadia 3-1 in a Blanchard Valley Conference game.
Schey improved his record on the mound to 3-2, and the Vikings improved to 5-11 overall and 2-2 in the BVC.
Hayden Ramsey’s single was the lone hit for Arcadia (2-11, 1-6).
Arcadia 100 000 0 — 1 1 1
Leipsic 200 010 x — 3 6 0
WP — Schey (3-2). LP — Conine. top hitters: (Arc) Ramsey 1B. (Leip) Henry 3B, RBI.
records: Arcadia 2-11 overall, 1-6 Blanchard Valley Conference. Leipsic 5-11, 2-2.