By John Lachmann
Senior right-hander Jeremy Downs pitched out of a tight jam to earn his first varsity save as Ryle held off St. Henry, 9-8 on Wednesday.
Downs went to the mound with his team leading by one and runners at first and second with no outs. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, and Downs generated a ground out and struck out the last two hitters to seal the win.
The Raiders trailed, 5-3 before putting up a five spot in the top of the fourth. Downs doubled in two and senior left fielder Mason Forbes tripled in a run to key that rally.
RYLE 102-500-1—9 10 1
at SH 221-200-1—8 9 2
WP: Allen (1-0). LP: Lacorte. SV: Downs (1). HITTING LEADERS: R—Downs 2-5, 2 RBI; Forbes 2-5, 3B; Craven 2-3; Lonnemann 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Cordrey 2 RBI. SH—Grave 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Rogers 2-2, 2B; Smaracko 2-4, 2 RBI. RECORDS: Ryle 2-1, St. Henry 0-2.
DIXIE HEIGHTS 8, NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2 – Four Colonels pitchers combined for a no-hitter.
Senior right-hander Nick King started the game for Dixie Heights and went three innings, striking out six.
Colonels senior center fielder Evan Hicks keyed a three-run fifth inning with a two-RBI single.
NEWCATH 000-002-0—2 0 3
at D.HEIGHTS 030-032-X—8 7 1
WP: King (1-0, 6 K’s). LP: Donnelly (0-2). HITTING LEADER: DH—Hicks 2 RBI. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 1-0, NewCath 1-4.
CONNER 6, HIGHLANDS 0 – Senior right-hander Cameron Ross allowed just one hit and fanned nine in five innings for the Cougars.
Conner junior first baseman Ryan Ward jacked a three-run homer in his first varsity at-bat in the bottom of the first.
Cougars senior shortstop Jared Williams added a pair of RBI, doubling home one in the first and lifting a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.
HIGHLANDS 000-000-0—0 3 1
at CONNER 401-010-X—6 6 0
WP: Ross (1-0, 9 K’s). LP: Cochran. HITTING LEADERS: C—Ross 2-4; Williams 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Ward HR, 3 RBI. H—Vermeil 2B. RECORDS: Conner 1-0, Highlands 2-1.
BEECHWOOD 14, LUDLOW 0 – Sophomore center fielder Ethan Stringer doubled twice and knocked in three runs to pace the Tigers.
LUDLOW 000-00—0 4 3
at BEECH. 400-(10)X—14 11 0
WP: Fieger (1-0, 6 K’s). LP: Lyons. HITTING LEADERS: B—Stringer 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Suchanek 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Combs 2-3, 2 RBI; Slusher 2 RBI. L—Thornsburg 2B; Lyons 2-2. RECORDS: Beechwood 1-0, Ludlow 0-1.