Monarchs edge Grove City; advance to district title game


The Marysville Monarchs lashed eight hits on Wednesday as they turned back Grove City, 1-0, in the Division I district baseball semifinals.
The game was played at Lancaster’s Beaver Stadium.
The Monarchs (17-9) loaded the bases in the top of the first inning, but could not bring in a run.
They scored the only run they would need in the second.
Kaleb Schultz singled and went to second on a bunt single by Tyler Drope.
Blake Storr, who had led off the game with a first-pitch base hit, then singled to plate Schultz.
“Blake got a hit to begin the game and that just seemed to electrify us,” said MHS assistant coach Todd Wilcox.
Storr finished the game with three hits in four trips to the plate.
Gavin Sharp tallied a pair of hits.
Monarch pitchers Jack Christian and Tate Virts limited the third-seeded Greyhounds to just four hits.
Christian pitched the first 5 1/3 innings before becoming ill.
Virts finished the game for the save.
Christian yielded two hits, fanned five and issued three walks.
Virts struck out two and surrendered a pair of hits.
Marysville will play for the district championship today at 5 p.m.
The Monarchs, who are seeded No. 16, will face top-seeded Olentangy Liberty at Dublin Coffman High School.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Wilcox. “This is the farthest we’ve gone in the tournament since 2013 (when MHS won the district title).”
Virts, who threw only 28 pitches on Wednesday, was set to start on the bump this afternoon.
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Pioneers eliminated
Jonathan Alder’s baseball team was eliminated from the Division II tournament on Wednesday.
The Pioneers, who were limited to three hits, fell to Columbus Bishop Hartley, 4-0, during the district semifinals.
Logan Smith took the loss for JA, which finished the season with a record of 16-6.

Cardinals fall
Triad’s baseball team lost to Fort Loramie, 6-1, in Division IV tournament action.
No details about the game were available.

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