SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The St. Marys baseball team cruised through four and a half innings with a 1-0 lead before Shawnee abruptly changed everything with a six-run fifth inning.
Cory Wilder hit a backbreaking three-run home run in the fifth and three Shawnee pitchers held St. Marys to one run in Shawnee’s 6-1 win over the Roughriders on Monday.
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St. Marys wrapped up its season at 7-16 and 2-7 in the Western Buckeye League.
Shawnee is still alive in the postseason and will play Lexington on Thursday in a Division II district semifinal at Bluffton University at 5 p.m.
St. Marys starting pitcher Codie Deaton worked four shutout innings before a pair of infield singles led to a big bottom of the sixth inning.
Zach Peak grounded a ball into the hole between shortstop and third for a lead-off infield single. Casey Mulcahy followed with a slow chopper to shortstop for another infield hit. Andrew Bryan bunted the runners into scoring position and ninth-place hitter Jake Sevitz belted a ball into the left field gap for a two-run double.
Tyler Anderson then reached on an error and picked up an RBI as the Indians went up 3-1. After Cody Fullenkamp was hit by a pitch, Shawnee’s Cory Wilder socked a three-run home run to put the Indians up 6-1.
Wilder was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and a run scored for Shawnee. Sevitz went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Mulcahy was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Deaton exited for the Riders, working five innings and giving up six runs — five of them earned — on six hits. He struck out two. Austin James pitched a scorless sixth inning for St. Marys, striking out one.
St. Marys struck first in the top of the third inning. ninth-place hitter Dirk Fenwick singled with one out and moved to third on Nathan Vogel’s single to left center field. Fenwick came home for the game’s first run on Austin James’ RBI groundout to shortstop.
St. Marys couldn’t add on to that lead, leaving a runner at third base to end an inning three more times in the game.
Mason Gross doubled for the Roughriders. Vogel, James, Tristan Becker and Fenwick all singled for the Riders.
Shawnee used three pitchers. Starter Tyler Anderson, Zach Bailey and Mulcahy combined to give up one run on five hits.