PLEASANT HILL — Top-seed Tri-County North team breezed past No. 2 seed Southeastern to win the Dayton 2 Division IV sectional baseball championship on Wednesday, May 18, at Newton High School.
The Panthers never trailed in the game, winning the contest in six innings.
After holding Southeastern to a scoreless opening inning, the Panthers scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
Leadoff hitter Garrett Woodyard was walked to start off the offensive surge, followed by Zach Edgin who tripled deep into center field brining in Woodyard for the first run of the game. Logan Elmore, who grounded out hard to third base, scored Edgin. After a pop fly to right field, Tanner Booth singled, Jordan Overcash doubled to left field to put Booth at third, then Bo Hendrickson doubled deep into center field, scoring Overcash. Booth later scored on a wild pitch.
Trailing 4-0 into the fourth inning, Southeastern scored twice on two errors by the North defense.
But North answered back, scoring the next seven unanswered runs to put the game out of reach, scoring three in the fifth inning and four in the sixth.
North had three triples from Edgin, Elmore and Garrett Woodyard. Jordan Overcash was the big hitter on the evening, with three of his four at-bats resulting in doubles.
Booth went 2-for-3 as did Woodyard. Booth pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowed only five hits, all singles.
With the victory, Tri-County North was scheduled to play Miami Valley Christian Academy for the district championship at Lebanon, on Friday, May 20. The game was postponed after three innings with North ahead 9-2. The game was scheduled to resume on Monday, May 23.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH