Visiting Bellaire pounded out a season-high 15 hits off a pair of Barnesville pitchers and took advantage of seven Shamrock errors to post a convincing 11-5 triumph in the OVAC Class 3-A baseball semi-finals at Barnesville Memorial Park on Monday.
A disappointed Barnesville coach D. J. Butler could only point to the obvious following his teams loss. We played hard, he began. Our effort was solid, but we made way too many mistakes early and gave them extra outs.
When we play good defense, were a pretty good team and we usually win. We just didnt do that tonight and ran into a couple of pretty decent Bellaire pitchers. We also couldnt get enough key hits with runners in scoring position.
The contest began well enough for the Rocks with some stellar defense in the first to keep Bellaire off the board. Barnesville (10-7) tallied once in the bottom of the first on the strength of back-to-back singles from Auston Hannahs and Nate Wehr followed by an RBI double from Preston Dornon.
The Bellaire second was a harbinger of things to come as they capitalized on four Shamrock infield errors to push across a tying score.
That scenario played out again in the Bellaire third when they took advantage of another Barnesville error to score a go-ahead run.
The duo of Wehr and Dornon knotted the contest in the bottom of the second with a double and RBI single.
Disaster struck for the Shamrocks in the Bellaire fourth when the guests utilized six singles and another Barnesville error to plate five runs, sending 10 hitters plateward in the process.
Providing RBI hits for the winners in the uprising were Hunter Westlake, Nick McMahon and Nick Patrone.
Staked to a 7-2 lead, Bellaires Patrone appeared to be headed for the mound win, but the Shamrocks had other ideas as they took advantage of three walks and RBIs from David Brown and Hannahs to plate a pair of answering runs in the fourth and drive Patrone from the hill.
McMahon came on in relief and stifled the Barnesville bats over the final four-plus innings, earning the mound win by holding the Rocks hitless, striking out seven and walking five.
Bellaire (12-8) scored three insurance runs in their fifth when leadoff hitter Westlake drilled a three run homer and a final tally in their seventh when Braxton Sexton scored the final of his three runs in the game on a wild pitch.
The Shamrocks did manage an unearned run in their fifth when Dornon scored on a Bellaire throwing error.
Barnesvilles pitching duo of Zach Dornon and Ian Wells combined for four strikeouts and a walk with Dornon being tagged with the loss.
Our goal now is to get ready for the Sectionals, coach Butler added. If we catch and throw the ball like were capable of, we can be competitive in a very demanding D-IV field which includes the likes of Toronto and Steubenville Catholic.
With the semi-final win, Bellaire advances to Saturdays Class 3-A OVAC final when they will face the winner of todays other semi, which pits Shenandoah against Buckeye Trail. That contest is set for 11 a.m. at Vaccaro Field in Steubenville.
BELLAIRE 11, BARNESVILLE 6
Bellaire011530 1 11 15 1
Barnesville101210 0 5 6 7
Nick Patrone (4 Ks, 4 BB), Nick McMahon (4th, WP 1-2, 7 Ks, 5 BB) and Wyatt Back. Zack Dornon (LP 3-2, 2 Ks, 0 BB), Ian Wells (5th, 2 Ks, 1 BB) and Preston Dornon. RECORDSBellaire 12-8; Barnesville 10-7.
STAT LEADERSFor Bellaire, Hunter Westlake, single, double, homerun, 2 runs, 5 RBI; Spence Badin, 2 singles, RBI; McMahon, single, run, RBI; Dalton Conroy, 2 singles, run; Patrone, single, RBI; Tyler West, 2 singles, run; Brady Hall, single, run; Braxton Snell, single, double, 3 runs; Manny Ray, single, 2 runs. For Barnesville, Auston Hannahs, single, run, RBI; Nate Wehr, single, double, run; P. Dornon, single, double, run, 2 RBI; Mason Plumly, run; Colton Pritchard, run; David Brown, single, RBI.