Irish JV Split DH at Hamilton Township
April 12 ~ Hamilton Township - Hamilton Township captured the first game of the double header 2-1 in classic pitcher's duel. Oscar Leyva (0-1) threw 6 innings scattering 5 hits and struck our three Rangers in Game 1. The Irish opend the scoring in the 1st inning as leadoff hitter John Devantier was hit by a pitch and promptly stole second base. With two outs, Owen Kubalak laced a single to center field to give Scioto a 1-0 lead that they held until the 3rd inning. In the home half of 3rd, the Rangers scored two unearned runs while collecting only one hit during the inning and led 2-1 after three innings. The Irish threatened in the next inning when with one out, Andrew Magno walked and Nick Srsic singled. They both advanced to second and third base on a wild pitch. However, JR Marshall then hit a ground ball to the Ranger shortstop, who tagged Srsic moving to third base and threw out Marshall ending the Irish threat. The Irish bats went silent the rest of the way, which gave the Rangers a hard fought 2-1 victory.
In the nightcap, the Irish bats were able to come alive as they won game 2 by pounding out 17 hits defeating the Rangers by a 13-4 score. Josh Vogel led the team offensively by going 4-5 and scoring three runs for the game. Junior Nate Torski collected three hits (2 doubles) and also had 6 RBIs in the contest. Kubalak also added three hits to the hitting spree and had three RBIs. Junior Nick Hilmoe (1-0) starting his first game on the mound pitched 5.33 innings giving up only five hits, 3 K's and did not walk a batter. The victory evened the JV record at 3-3 for the season as they return to OCC league play next Monday at Westerville North.
Jake Schafer Pitches Complete Game Victory over Warriors
April 11 ~ Westerville - After another bus breakdown, the Irish finally arrived at Westerville North to face the Warriors in an OCC showdown. Senior Jake Schafer got the start on the mound and pitched a complete game allowing only one earned run and striking out five batters. To top off his pitching performance, Schafer also singled in two of the team's three runs in the 4th inning to take the lead for good over the host team. The win moved the varsity record to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC.
The Irish had five hits on the evening, who were led by Senior Matthew Messick's two singles. Four of the five hits were collected with two outs in the 4th inning. The two out rally started with a Messick single to right field followed by Clint Conner's single and Ryan Keel's base on balls toad the bases. Schafer knocked in two runs with his single. After Jake Carpenter walked to reload the bases, Andrew McKinley's bat stayed hot as he singled in what turned out to be the winning run. Messick singled again in the 5th and moved around the bases scoring on a balk to close out the scoring at 4-2.
Irish JVs Return to Winning Ways by Defeating Westerville North 10-4
April 11 ~ Dublin - The Scioto JV Irish defeated Westerville North today in an OCC game 10-4 evening their season record at 2-2. Andrew Magno (1-0) making his debut on the mound pitched five innings allowing only one run while scattering four hits and striking out five Warrior batters. Freshman JR Marshall pitched the final two innings securing the game for the Irish. Marshall also fanned two in his two inning stint.
Scioto collected 13 hits for the game and was led by Carter Brown, who had three hits and three RBIs which included a two run double. The double expanded the Irish lead to 10-1. John Devantier, Nate Torski, Owen Kubalak and Magno each collected two hits apiece for the contest. The JV squad travels to Hamilton Township tomorrow for a double header starting at noon before returning to league play next Monday at Westerville North.
Host Warhawks Spoil Varsity Irish Visit
April 10 ~ Westerville - The Westerville Central pitching staff continued their trend on Thursday just like they left off Wednesday by not allowing the Dublin Scioto Irish cross the plate. The Warhawks defeated the Irish by a 12-0 score where the Irish were only able to collect two hits on the evening. Andrew McKinley singled in his first at bat to right field to improve his batting average and Bradley Dinan had a line drive single down the left field line in the third to continue his five game hitting streak.
Clint Conner (0-1) got the start and after a rocky start, he settled down to control the Warhawk offense. He was relieved in the 4th inning by Max O'Connell, who was relieved by Trevor Jones in the 5th inning. The Irish travel to Westerville North on Friday to battle wiith the Warriers with hopes of turning around the slow OCC start. The Irish are 1-4 overall with an 0-2 OCC record.
Warhawks Sweep JV Series defeating Scioto 12-2
April 10 ~ Dublin - Westerville Central defeated Dublin Scioto Irish JVs today with a 12-2 victory sweeping the season series. The Irish and warhawks were in a tightly contested game 2-2 entering the 5th inning, but Central scored 10 runs that inning against a much depleted Irish pitching staff. Trailiung 2-0 enetering the 4th inning, Scioto scored thier first run as Oscar Leyva doubled with one out and advanced to third on JR Marshall's infield single before being driven home off of Carter Brown's fielder's choice. The Irish tied the game one inning later after Nick Srsic singled with one out and advanced to third on a wild pitch and passsed ball. He was driven in by Josh Vogel' who laced a single to center field knotting the game 2-2. Brown started the 5th inning and was relieved by Vogel and then by Nate Torski after he surrendered consecutive singles. Brown (1-1) was very effective pitching into the 5th inning as he gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out two Warhawks. This was his first loss on the year. Torski led the Irish offensively with two hits on the day. The JVs host Westerville North tomorrow at the varsity field.
Varsity Irish Drop OCC Opener
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Dublin - The Irish opened their OCC league season tonight by hosting Westerville Central and the Warhawks left town with a 7-0 victory. The Warhawks pitcher, Austin Sherry pitched a complete game and scattered six Irish hits. The Irish actually had more hits than their opponent but some ill timed fielding miscues made for a difficult evening. Senior Matthew Messick got the start on the mound and only allowed one earned run through four innings. However, by the time he was relieved by Jake Carpenter, the Warhawks had four runs on the scoreboard. Carpenter also only allowed one earned run through two innings, but the scoreboard showed 7 runs on five hits. Max Callender pitched the 7th inning and only faced the minimum three batters. He had two putouts of his own by fielding his position.
The Irish had their chances and the hitting was led by Jack Suich, who collected two singles. Bradley Dinan, Ryan Keel, Clint Conner and Andrew McKinley also singled, but were ultimately stranded on the base path. The Irish travel to Westerville Central on Thursday for a 5:00 start to close out the OCC series between the two teams.
Warhawks defeat Irish in JV OCC Opener 7-4
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Dublin - Westerville Central defeated the Scioto Irish diamond men 7-4 as OCC play opened for both teams. Freshman Jake Schmidt took the diamond for the Irish and went 4.33 innings giving up only two runs and five hits while striking out five Warhawks. Trailing 1-0 entering the the home half of the 2nd inning, Owen Kubalak singled and scored on Nate Torski's RBI triple to deep right field that tied the score. John Devantier then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give the Irish a 2-1 lead through two innings. Scioto added an insurance run in the 3rd inning as Logan McCarthy singled and then scored on Kubalak's two out single. The score remained 3-1 until the top of the 5th as Westerville Central got runners to second and third base with only one out. Josh Vogel relieved Schmidt and the Warhawks successfully applied a suicide squeeze and attempted to advance the base runner from second base. However, Torski after taking the Vogel's throw to get the bunter out at first, threw home to Kubalak, who tagged out the base runner thwarting the double suicide squeeze attempt. The Irish maintained the a 3-2 lead into the 7th inning as the Warhawks opened with two consecutive singles. Anticipating the bunt, the Irish executed a perfect pick-off/rundown situation, but unfortunately the throw hit the baserunner and left the field of play allowing the runner to score to tie the score. With bases loaded, Vogel was able to get the next two batters to pop out. Unfortunately, a hard smash to third base was misplayed giving the Warhawks a 4-3 lead. A bases loaded double then plated three more runs giving the Warhawks a 7-3 lead going into the home half of the 7th inning. Vogel opened the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on Torski's single. Catcher Kubalak led the Irish charge going 3-3 with an RBI. Vogel (0-1) took the loss on the mound with five unearned runs in the th inning. The loss evened the Irish record at 1-1 the they will face the Warhawks again tonight on the Scioto varsity diamond.
Varsity Irish Split Twin Bill with the Olentangy Orange Pioneers
Saturday, April 5 ~ Orange Township - The Irish scored four runs in the top of the 7th inning to take a 5-4 lead and held on for their first win of the 2014 season. Jake Carpenter and Andrew McKinley each singled to start the top of the 7th inning. Spencer Talentino followed with a double to left to score Joshua Vogel, who pinch ran for Carpenter and start the scoring attack. After a base on balls to Bradley Dinan to load the bases, a dropped third strike confused the defense when the Irish started to run. This allowed McKinley to score from third base and close the gap to one run. Jack Suich followed with a single scoring Talentino to tie the score. Clint Conner then singled in Nate Torski, who pinch ran for Dinan for what turned out to be the winning run. The Pioneers threatened in the bottom of the 7th when their leadoff batter was hit by a pitch. At that point, Coach Carpenter called on senior Max O'Connell to relieve Trevor Jones on the mound. O'Connell struck out the next Pioneer, but allowed the leadoff batter to reach third after a balk and a passed ball. The ninth batter in the Pioneer order hit a ball to the left side, which was stopped by Dinan at third base. The runner broke from third, but was gunned down by Dinan's throw home to catcher Ryan Keel. With the scoring threat stopped, the next Pioneer batter grounded out to Matthew Messick at shortstop to close the game. Conner started his first varsity game on the bump and was relieved by Jones in the 6th inning. Jones only pitched one inning, but collected the win with O'Connell earning the season's first save.
Dinan had a double, two singles and scored both team runs, but the effort wasn't enough to help his Irish teammates win the second half of their doubleheader. The Irish dropped the second game 6-2, which moved their record to 1-2 so far this season. Jake Schafer started the game on the mound and pitched four scoreless innings. In the 5th inning, the Pioneer leadoff batter reached base on the Irish's lone miscue on the day followed by Schafer getting the next two batters out. After the Pioneers got another single, which tied the score, Freshman Jake Schmidt came in relief to try to stop the attack. When the top of the 5th inning closed, the Pioneers had scored five unearned runs and put the game out of reach.
The Irish will host Westerville Central on Monday in their first OCC league game of the season. The game is scheduled for a 5:00 start.
Gale Force Winds Spoil 2014 Irish Opening Day
Tuesday, April 1 ~ London - The Dublin Scioto Irish squad traveled to London to open their 2014 campaign against the 1-0 Red Raiders and unfortunately left town with a 24-20 loss and a broken bus. Strong winds throughout the evening made pitching and fielding very difficult, which benefited both team's offenses. The Irish collected 18 hits on the evening and took an early 15-2 lead. The Red Raiders punched back with 12 runs in their bottom of the 3rd inning to close the gap to 15-14. The Irish were able to maintain their lead until the bottom of the 5th inning when the home team scored 7 more runs to take a 24-19 lead.
Every starting hitter for the Irish collected at least one hit and four players collected three hits. Bradley Dinan had a triple and two singles; Andrew McKinley and Jack Suich each doubled along with two hits; and Ryan Keel added three singles. Spencer Talentino also doubled and singled to help the effort. Matthew Messick started the campaign on the hill and was relieved by Dinan in the 3rd inning. Jake Carpenter entered the game in the 5th and was later relieved by Nate Ross, who finished the game. Carpenter took the loss in game one.
The varsity travel to Worthington Kilbourne for the annual battle for Hard Road on Wednesday and then host Olentangy Orange on Saturday.
Irish JV Squad Opens 2014 Campaign with a Win over the Red Raiders
Tuesday, April 1 ~ Dublin - The Scioto Irish JV squad opened their season hosting London HS and defeated the Red Raiders 20-3. Carter Brown (1-0) started on the mound for the Irish and scattered four hits and striking out six over five innings of work. Joshua Vogel finished the pitching line with a scoreless 6th inning. The Irish offense pounded out 16 hits with John Devantier leading the team collecting three hits and three RBIs on the day. Nick Srsic, Owen Kubalak, Nate Torski, Oscar Leyva and Logan McCarthy all collected two hits apiece for the game. Outfielder Saurov Kadatane also added to the hitting spree by knocking in three (RBI) Irish teammates. The Irish are back at home tomorrow with a game against our Hard Road rivals Worthington Kilbourne at 5:00.