Big Walnut outlasts Liberty in extras


By Michael Rich - For the Gazette



Senior JJ McLean had two hits, drove in two runs and walked three times to lead the Big Walnut baseball team to a 9-6 victory over Olentangy Liberty in nine innings in the second game of a non-league doubleheader Saturday afternoon (April 14) in Powell.

He complemented his offensive effort with two shutout innings in relief on the mound to pick up the win.

“I had that first hit and drove in a couple of runs and just rolled from there,” McLean said. “I can’t recall the last time I’ve pitched on this team … maybe freshman year. I just came out looking to have fun and it all went well.”

The Golden Eagles scored three times in the ninth to take the lead for good after Liberty had come back from down six runs to tie it in the seventh and send it to extras.

“We seem to have one or two big innings and then we hold on tight,” BW coach Jack Schone said. “Our pitching has been pretty good all year … it’s just a matter of getting key swings when we need them. This is a good win.”

Carson Becker’s RBI double in the ninth gave the Eagles (6-6) the lead.

“We had three big hits and a nice squeeze – it’s nice to see,” Schone said. “JJ had a real big game today. He really hasn’t pitched all year and he came in and did a nice number. He’s a hustler … he’s all baseball. It’s nice to see those kinds of kids have success.”

Jackson Seiple had two hits and scored twice and Colton Lee drove in two with a double to cap a four-run second that gave BW the lead.

Michael Osmond had two hits and a walk and drove in a pair of runs, Brennan Rowe and Mitch Milheim had a pair of hits and a run each and Mitchell Okuley had a hit, four walks and a RBI to lead the Patriots (11-2).

“In reality – we’re a little disappointed that we didn’t win it in regulation,” Liberty coach Ty Brenning said. “We had our opportunities. In our two losses this year – we’ve out hit our opponents in both of them.”

Meanwhile, Liberty struggled to find pitching early, burning through a few arms in the first inning-plus before turning to Beau Foster, who struck out seven batters over the next four scoreless innings without allowing a hit.

“When you walk guys – it really multiplies any hit that they get in terms of significance,” Brenning said. “We just have to clean it up.”

Foster had already pitched 1.1 innings earlier against Mount Vernon.

“He was a dynamite guy for us,” Brenning said. “He came in and logged some innings that we needed in Game 2 and Game 1. He’s been real reliable all year.”

Milhelm held the Eagles hitless over the next two innings, walking three and striking out two as the Patriots made their comeback.

Brandon Brown pitched the ninth and took the loss for the Patriots (11-2) and Milhelm and Brennan Rowe each had a pair of hits to tie Osmond for the team lead.

Watkins Memorial 9, Big Walnut 2

Gabe Shroyer had two hits, a walk and drove in three runs to lead Watkins to a win in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Olentangy Liberty to even the Schone Series at 1-1 after the Eagles took last year’s meeting.

Carson Becker had two hits and a RBI to lead the Eagles.

But, they couldn’t solve starter Thomas Gallant, who pitched five scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk with seven strikeouts for Watkins (10-2).

“We didn’t hit and their pitcher did a nice job,” Schone said. “I tell the kids all the time that it’s three simple things: you’ve gotta be able to catch, hit and throw better than the other team. One of those lacked and we’re gonna struggle.”

Noah Sprowls allowed four runs over four innings to take the loss for BW.

Big Walnut High School Varsity Baseball beat Newark Senior High School 4-3

Friday, April 13, 2018 5 PM

Austin Krinn started the game for Big Walnut Eagles Varsity. He allowed six hits and three runs over four innings, striking out six and walking one. Wes Coey pitched Big Walnut Eagles Varsity to victory. He allowed one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out two and walking zero. Colton Lee, Coey, Jake Foster, Carson Becker, Noah Sprowls, and Jackson Seiple each managed one hit to lead Big Walnut Eagles Varsity.

Big Walnut High School Varsity Baseball beat Newark Senior High School 7-1

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 5 PM

Big Walnut Eagles Varsity scored four runs in the seventh on its way to a 7-1 victory over Newark on Wednesday. Coey and Ferriman Evan all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Austin Becker pitched Big Walnut Eagles Varsity to victory. He lasted five innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out seven. Nathan Lawyer threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Lawyer recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Big Walnut Eagles Varsity

Evan Ferriman, Cale Sherbourne, Colton Lee, Coey, Carson Becker, Lawyer, Noah Sprowls, and Seiple each managed one hit to lead Big Walnut Eagles Varsity.

Big Walnut 6, New Albany 4

The Golden Eagles scored five first-inning runs on the way to an OCC win Tuesday (April 10) in New Albany.

Noah Sprowls, Nathan Lawyer and Connor Gerren led BW (3-5) at the plate, finishing with two hits apiece.

Colton Lee, meanwhile, picked up the win on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two in four innings of action. Jackson Seiple tossed three scoreless innings in relief to notch the save.

Big Walnut High School Varsity Baseball falls to New Albany High School 6-3

Friday, April 6, 2018 5 PM

Noah Sprowls started the game for Big Walnut Eagles Varsity. He allowed five hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out five and walking zero. Cale Sherbourne, Colton Lee, Nathan Lawyer, and Jackson Seiple each collected one hit to lead

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By Michael Rich

For the Gazette

Jack Schone contributed to this story.

Jack Schone contributed to this story.