AKRON — Brittany Nero pulled an inside 1-0 pitch down the left field line and pinch runner Morgan Orlowski scampered across home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Cuyahoga Heights a 2-1 walk-off win and its first-ever state title to end the Minster Wildcats’ dream of a Division IV state championship on Saturday.
“It was a great game, the way a state championship should be,” Cuyahoga Heights head coach Christy Zawadzki said.
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys boys 4-by-200 meter relay team went into last Saturday’s Division II regional track meet at Welcome Stadium with one goal in mind: break the school record time.
A trip to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week was simply a byproduct. A rather rewarding byproduct.
The Rider quartet of senior Will Walter, junior Cam Swanson, sophomore Austin Tester and freshman Eric Spicer will run in the preliminaries on Friday at 2:40 p.m. The top eight teams will advance to Saturday’s final at 1:25 p.m.
DAYTON — They represent all four classes and they’ll represent the Roughriders at state track and field championships this weekend.
The St. Marys boys 4-by-200 meter relay team of freshman Eric Spicer, senior Will Walter, sophomore Austin Tester and junior Cam Swanson advanced to the Division II state track and field championships with a fourth-place finish in the event final at the University of Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Saturday.
The Rider quartet turned in a 1:31.02 time for the final state spot.
WAPAKONETA — The Minster softball team never said die.
The Wildcats scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep their tournament alive and then clinched the Division IV district title in bizarre fashion in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory over the Crestview Knights at Wapakoneta on Friday.
While trying to intentionally walk Michaela Goettemoeller in the ninth, Crestview was called for an illegal pitch, which allowed the winning run to score. The issue involved the catcher’s positioning on the intentional walk.
ST. MARYS — The St. Marys baseball team hosted its first tournament home game and delivered its first sectional title in a decade on Thursday night at K.C. Geiger Park.
St. Marys’ offense once again overpowered a Western Buckeye League opponent and starting pitcher Nathan Wilker shook off a first inning blip to post six zeroes to end the game as a hearty crowd braved plummeting temperatures to watch St. Marys capture its first sectional baseball title since 2004 with a 9-1 win over the Elida Bulldogs on Thursday.
Many of Wednesday’s area sporting events were moved to Thursday because of rain, including the first day of the Western Buckeye League track and field championships and tournament softball and baseball games.
The first day of the Division II sectional tennis tournament at UNOH scheduled for Thursday night was moved to Friday.
MINSTER — The Minster Wildcats baseball team had to battle from behind Wednesday afternoon to emerge from the Division IV sectional tournament. The Wildcats scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the Spencerville Bearcats 7-4 in a sectional title game held at Hanover Street Park.
Minster once again is headed back to the district tournament, but not before getting a scare from a young, talented Bearcat team.