FROM STAFF REPORTS
NORTH ROBINSON — Oak Harbor had its chances but was ultimately unable to capitalize and lost, 4-1, to Colonel Crawford in a Division III sectional final.
Two aces battled and the duel saw the Eagles eke out the victory.
Eagle starter Drayton Burkhart pitched a complete game, allowing one unearned run while striking out six batters and walking four. He hit three batters.
Rocket ace Ashton Schroeder, who has committed to continuing his baseball career at the University of Findlay, allowed four runs, three of which were earned, struck out nine and walked one.
The lone Oak Harbor (12-16) run was scored on a passed ball in the first inning.
Colonel Crawford, the top seed in the Shelby District, took the lead for good in the fourth inning when it scored two runs. Micah Thomas hit a single to lead off the inning and moved to second base on a bunt by Nolan McKibben. Cade Hamilton hit a single to drive in a run and an error and passed ball put him on third base. He scored on a single by Burkhart.
The Eagles (24-2) added two insurance runs in the fifth inning.
The Rockets stranded eight runners, including two apiece in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings, respectively.
Port Clinton loses lead late, falls to Sandusky, 7-6
SANDUSKY — With a one-run lead and Sandusky down to its final strike, it looked like Port Clinton was going to escape its Division II sectional semifinal with a victory.
But Shawn Delk hit a base hit on a 1-2 count to score Daquaris Brown and Cam Hoods for the 7-6 walk-off win.
The back-and-forth affair saw the Redskins take a 5-4 lead in the sixth when they scored two runs, the first with Anthony Aukerman scoring on a wild pitch, and the second with Grant Miller hitting a single to drive in Braeden George.
The Blue Streaks tied the score at 5-5 when Anthony D’Amico walked and scored after two straight errors.
Port Clinton (10-17) scored to take a 6-5 lead when Kenny Kirk, who was on second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored when the throw got past the third baseman.