EATON — Eaton’s baseball team continued its successful season with three wins last week including claiming a second straight sectional championship.
With the win, the top-seeded Eagles (18-5) advanced to the district semifinal where they were scheduled to meet No. 4 seed Greenville on Tuesday, May 24 at Dayton Christian High School.
The winner advances to the district final on Thursday, May 26 to play either Batavia or Cincinnati Indian Hill at Princeton High School. The game will begin at 4 p.m.
The Eagles took down league rival Valley View for a third time this season with a 7-1 win in a Dayton 1, Division II sectional final on Thursday, May 19 at Eaton.
Eaton defeated Valley View 5-4 and 4-2 back on April 20 and April 22.
The Eagles scored four runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie against the Spartans. JT Gels put Eaton up 3-1 with an RBI single to score two runs. One out later, Gavin Winings doubled to drive in another run.
Eaton added another run in the fifth on Winings sacrifice fly to make it a 6-1 game and Brady Rice capped off the scoring with a home run in the sixth.
Rice picked up the win tossing a complete game allowing just three hits while striking out 10.
Brock Ebright was 3-for-4. Rice and Reid Tinstman each had two hits as the Eagles collected 11 for the game.
Eaton began the week with a 7-2 win over Kenton Ridge in a regular season game.
Tinstman led the way going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and driving in four runs. Christian Reyna was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Ebright went 2-for- 4 with two runs scored.
The Eagles finished off the week with a 16-2 win at St. Henry on Saturday, May 21.
Jakob Keller had big offensive game with a pair of three run homers and driving in six runs. Rice added a three-run homer. Ebright and Gels each had two hits.
North, Trail, South fall in sectional finals
PREBLE COUNTY — Tri-County North and Twin Valley South couldn’t hold leads after rain forced postponements of their game to the next day.
North held a 5-4 lead over Springfield Catholic Central after 4 ½ innings on Wednesday, May 18, but a steady rain forced the game to be postponed until the next day.
From there, North, the No. 4 seed, battled with the Irish but came up short, falling 12-8 in 8-innings.
When play resumed North went out in order in the bottom of the fifth. CC then scored three times in the top of the sixth for a 7-5 lead.
North got back within 7-6 in the sixth. Catholic Central, the No. 5 seed, made it an 8-6 game in the seventh before North scored twice in the bottom of the inning to force extra-innings.
In the eighth, the Irish scored four times to get the win.
No. 7 seed Twin Valley South held a 3-0 lead at No. 2 seed Troy Christian after three innings, but TC outscored the Panthers 11-1 over the final four innings the next day to get the win.
No. 10 seed National Trail traveled to No. 5 Mechanicsburg and suffered a 12-2 loss in a Division III sectional final.
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