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Tournament Trail and Season End for Irish at Olentangy Orange

May 16 ~ Powell – The Irish’s second 2014 tournament game started on Wednesday evening at Olentangy Orange’s field and ended on Friday evening with a season ending 5-2 loss to the Pioneers. The Wednesday game was called due to local tornado warnings in the bottom half of the 5th inning with the Irish behind 3-2. Clint Conner got the start for the Irish and allowed three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. After the tough 1st inning, he settled down and only allowed one more hit and a walk through the bottom of the 5th inning. His Irish teammates countered with a run in the second inning that started with a Bradley Dinan infield single. Ryan Keel singled over the right fielder’s head moving Dinan to second base. John Devantier pinch ran for Dinan and advanced to third on Justin Schafer’s sacrifice bunt. Jacob Schafer followed with a ground out to the Pioneer second baseman allowing Devantier to score.

The Irish scored again in the 5th inning with the inning starting with a Justin Schafer single. His brother Jacob tried to sacrifice him to second but the Pioneer pitcher was able to get the lead runner out instead. Logan McCarthy entered to pinch run for the older Schafer and he advanced to second on a Jake Carpenter base on balls. Josh Vogel entered to pinch run for carpenter. With two outs, Andrew McKinley also drew a walk to load the bases. With a 1-1 count, Matt Messick singled up the middle scoring McCarthy but the Pioneer second baseman was able to backhand and stop the ball in the infield. Vogel attempted to score the tying run but was out at the plate to end the Irish threat.

When the Irish returned to finish the game on Friday, they opened the 6th inning with a Jack Suich base on balls and he was advanced into scoring position on a Dinan sacrifice bunt. Unfortunately Suich was stranded on second. After allowing two unearned runs in the bottom of the 6th and getting behind three runs, only Spencer Talentino was able to reach on a single before the game came to a close. The Irish closed out the 2014 campaign with an 11-15 overall record. Congratulations to all of our players for their efforts throughout the season especially the nine seniors, who played their last game in an Irish uniform. Best wishes for all of you as you graduate and start the next phases of your lives. Your family and friends enjoyed watching you play the game that you love.

McKinley’s 2-Run Single Allows Irish to Advance in Tournament Play

May 12 ~ Dublin – The Dublin Scioto Irish hosted the Groveport Madison Cruisers in the first round of State Tournament action this evening and Andrew McKinley’s two run single allowed them to advance with a 6-5 win. The Irish only had four hits on the evening, but the offense came through when needed by scoring three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to secure the victory.

The first five innings produced lead changes by both teams as the Cruisers scored off Irish starter Max Callender in their top half of the 1st inning. The Irish countered with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning which started with Jack Suich reaching on a Cruiser error followed by both Ryan Keel and Jake Schafer being hit by pitches to load the bases. Suich then scored on a wild pitch followed by a Justin Schafer sacrifice fly ball to right field scoring Keel. The Cruisers countered in their half of the 3rd to tie the score. Suich started the offense again in the 4th inning with an infield single. After a stolen base, he was sacrificed to third base on a Bradley Dinan bunt down the first base line. Keel followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to retake the lead 3-2. The Cruisers tied the game again in the 5th and scored two runs in the top of the 7th to take a 5-3 lead with only three Irish outs remaining. Clint Conner relieved Callender in the 5th and was relieved himself by Max O’Connell in the 7th. O’Connell faced only two batters but stopped the Cruisers with runners in scoring position and grabbed the win for his effort.

The Irish 7th inning started with a Nate Torski base on balls and he advanced to second on a Jake Schafer single to left field. Logan McCarthy, who in previous games has scored pivotal runs, pinch ran for Schafer. After a Jake Carpenter base on balls to load the bases, Spencer Talentino facing a full count was hit by a pitch to score the first of three needed runs. Andrew McKinley, with a 2-2 count laced a line drive single to center field scoring McCarthy for the tying run and Carpenter for the game winner.

The Irish travel to Olentangy Orange for a second round game and hopes to advance to next week. The Irish split games with the Pioneers early in the season. The tournament win improves their record to 11-14. Photos will be posted Tuesday evening for your viewing pleasure. Come out and support the Irish.

Irish Drop Final 2014 OCC League Game 8-0 at Canal Winchester

May 9 ~ Canal Winchester – The Dublin Scioto Irish varsity squad traveled to Canal Winchester tonight to play in their last regular season game for 2014 and left town with an 8-0 loss. The loss moves their overall record to 10-14 with a 6-8 OCC Cardinal Division record. The Irish offense never really got on track by collecting only three hits over seven innings and making Jake Schafer’s start on the hill a difficult one.

Matthew Messick hit a line drive to left center in the 1st inning and was stranded on first base. Bradley Dinan ripped a line drive single into left field in the 5th and was forced out at second base. Jack Suich singled in the 7th inning before being forced out at second base. The varsity will host Groveport Madison on Monday at 5:00 in the first round of tournament action. Please try to come out and support the team as they try to advance in tournament action.

JV Irish Late Rally Defeat Indians 6-4

May 9 ~ Dublin - The Dublin Scioto JV baseball squad was able to beat the visiting Canal Winchester Indians 6-4 avenging a league loss this past Wednesday which ended the Irish nine game winning streak. Canal started the game by plating two runs in the first inning off of starter Jake Schmidt who pitched the first three innings. Junior Nick Hilmoe relieved Schmidt in the 4th inning and held the Indians in tack through the sixth inning. The Irish offense was held scoreless through the first four innings and threatened in every inning and they left the bases loaded in two consecutive innings in the 3rd and 4th. However, in the 5th, Scioto finally broke through as they tied the score at 2-2 when Owen Kubalak walked and was forced out by Carter Brown who then scored on Andrew Magno’s booming triple to the left center field fence to cut the Indian lead in half. Magno then scored when the catcher’s throw back to the pitcher went over his head and the alert Magno sprinted home to knot the game. With the game tied going into the home half of the Scioto 6th, the Irish loaded the bases again with no outs. Canal pulled their infield in and Josh Vogel hit a smash to the shortstop who threw the ball home attempting to get the force but his throw was in the dirt and caromed to the backstop which allowed both Logan McCarthy and John Devantier to score. Owen Kubalak and Carter Brown then drove in Nate Torski and Josh Vogel respectively with groundouts giving the Irish a 6-2 lead entering the 7th inning.

Winning pitcher Nick Hilmoe (3-1) had his patented “Cuban Palm Ball” dancing in his 3.33 innings pitched and was relieved by Andrew Magno with one out in the 7th exiting with the bases loaded and the Irish lead cut to 6-3. Magno hit the next batter to make it 6-4 as the bases remained loaded. Magno then struck out the next batter with a hard breaking curve ball freezing the Indian hitter. Magno then coaxed the next hitter to bounce out weakly to second baseman Oscar Leyva who stepped on second base for the force out thus giving Scioto the victory in their last OCC league game of the season.

The victory today gives the Irish an overall record of 17-5; 11-3 in the OCC Cardinal division. The Irish will play home and home games next week with Coffman away on Tuesday before returning home on Thursday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm.

Senior Night Festivities Dampened by 7-3 Loss

May 7 ~ Dublin – Senior Night festivities opened with each of the 9 seniors being recognized for their accomplishments throughout their playing careers to date. The new scoreboard was also unveiled tonight. Unfortunately for the home team, the game outcome wasn’t part of the plan. The visiting Canal Winchester Indians left town with a 7-3 victory in OCC division play.

Senior knuckleballer Nate Ross got the start and was relieved by Nick Conner in the 3rd inning. Through three innings, the Irish held a 3-2 lead after scoring in the bottom of the third. Senior Jacob Schafer doubled to the left field wall to start the attack and was knocked in by Max O’Connell’s line drive single to left field. After a Matthew Messick walk and a single off Andrew McKinley’s bat, the bases were loaded. Spencer Talentino hit a hard ground ball down the third base line scoring O’Connell and Messick. Those four hits accounted for 80% of the Irish hits on the evening. Junior Justin Schafer added a single in the 4th but got stranded at third base.

The baseball version of the “Battle for Hard Road” will take place on Saturday with a planned 10:00 AM start at Dublin Scioto High School against the Worthington Kilbourne Wolves. The Irish hope to improve on the current 10-13 overall record (6-7 OCC) with a Saturday victory before hosting Groveport Madison High School on Monday in the first round of tournament play.

Irish JV's Fall at Canal Winchester 7-6 in Extra Innings

May 7 ~ Canal Winchester - The Irish JV’s lost to Canal Winchester 7-6 as the Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. Scioto had leads of 2-0, 5-2, 5-4 and 6-5 during various stages of the game, but was unable to hold on for the victory. Winchester picked up two runs in their home half of the 6th inning to cut the Irish deficit to 5-4 and took that lead in the bottom of the 7th as pitcher Carter Brown entered to try to close out the game. Canal was able to tie the game with a single run to force extra innings. The Irish jumped back on top in the 9th as Josh Vogel doubled and scored on an Andrew Magno single. However, the Indians tallied two runs in the 9th on a sacrifice fly and won the game when their runner on third base scored on a fielder’s choice as pitcher Carter Brown’s throw to home plate was mishandled by catcher Owen Kubalak giving Canal Winchester a 7-6 win.

Freshman Ryan Crow (1-0) was outstanding on the mound throwing the first 4 innings for the Irish surrendering only 2 runs and striking out one Indian hitter. Carter Brown (2-2) absorbed the loss on the hill for the Irish. SS Josh Vogel led the offensive attack for the Irish by collecting 3 hits (2 doubles) and Andrew Magno plated two teammates (2 RBI’s) but unfortunately it was not enough as the Irish nine game winning streak ended today.

The Irish host the Indians on Friday for their final OCC Cardinal game of the season and will enter the contest with an overall record of 16-5; 10-3 in OCC league play.

Conner and the "McAX" Attack Carry Irish to 2-1 Win over Hilliard Darby

May 6 ~ Hilliard – The “McAX” attack is a group of four players that were key to tonight’s 2-1 victory over host Hilliard Darby in a Cardinal Division OCC game. Max Callender was the winning pitcher; Max O’Connell picked up the save; Andrew McKinley and Logan McCarthy scored the runs. Clint Conner was the offensive hero of the night when he ripped a line drive double over the Panther’s right fielder in the sixth inning to plate both Irish runs. The win evened the season series with Darby; partially avenged the home loss; and knocked Darby out of a chance to win the Cardinal Division. With the Irish win, Westerville Central clinched the division.

Senior Callender got the start on the hill and pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Callender pitched a steady game with one strike out, one base on balls and his field mates helped him work out of a few tense moments. The bottom of the 4th ended with third baseman Bradley Dinan catching an infield fly ball on the first base side of the field and then running over to first base to double-up the Panther that stole on the pitch. Junior Justin Schafer made two incredible over the head catches on Panther line drives to left field to end the 5th inning. With one out in the 6th inning, Callender allowed a single and Coach Carpenter decided to make a change to the left handed Max. O’Connell finished the 6th and pitched the 7th for a save.

Seniors Jake Schafer and Matthew Messick collected singles in the 3rd inning but were stranded in place. The Irish (10-12 overall and 6-6 OCC) host Canal Winchester on Wednesday for Senior Night when nine seniors will be honored for their hard work prior to the game. The senior moms have ordered pizzas and a cake for the post game celebration. Come out and support the varsity team and congratulate the seniors.

Late Rally by Host Irish JV defeats Panthers 5-3

May 6 ~ Dublin - The Irish JV squad was trailing 2-1 entering the 5th inning and scored 3 runs to take a 4-2 lead and held on to defeat Darby 5-3 in an OCC Cardinal game. After one out in the 5th, the Irish got things going as Nate Torski reached on an error and went to third on a single by SS Josh Vogel who then stole second base. Catcher Owen Kubalak was intentionally walked to load the bases. Carter Brown then hit a chopper to the shortstop who threw wildly to first base which scored Torski and Vogel giving the Irish a 3-2 lead. Andrew Magno then singled home Kubalak to give Scioto a 4-2 lead through 5 innings. Andrew Magno (5-0) started the game and threw the first four innings surrendering only one hit but walked 6 Panther hitters and left the mound with Darby on top 2-1. Jake Schmidt (3-0) relieved Magno in the 5th inning and picked up the win scattering three hits, walking two and striking out three Panther hitters for his three inning stint.

With the Irish leading 4-2 in the top of the 6th inning, Darby had runners on first and second base with two outs and the Darby lead-off hitter laced a shot down the third base line that a diving Carter Brown backhanded and he scrambled to his feet and dove onto third base for the force out to end the inning. “It was the play of the game” commented Coach Tabler of Brown’s defensive gem.

The Irish added a single run in their half of the 6th as Nate Torski was hit by a pitch, then he stole second base and scored on a Josh Vogel double to push the lead to 5-2 entering the 7th inning.

Jake Schmidt gave up a single unearned run in the 7th and Schmidt closed down the game which gave the Irish a 5-3 win and their 9th consecutive victory. The JV squad’s overall record is now 16-4; and 10-2 in OCC Cardinal League play. The Irish travel to Canal Winchester tomorrow for another league game beginning at 5:00 pm.

Irish Bats Quiet in 2-1 Home Loss to Hilliard Bradley

May 5 ~ Dublin – Sophomore Carter Brown was called up this evening for his first varsity start and pitched well through 5 1/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits. Unfortunately, the Irish bats were quiet for the second straight home game earning only two singles and scoring only one run in a 2-1 loss against the Hilliard Bradley Jaguars. Brown was tagged with the loss bringing the Irish record to 9-12 overall and 5-6 in the OCC Cardinal Division.

The Jaguars carved out the first run in the 4th inning and scored an insurance run in the 6th inning. In the first five innings, the Irish earned only one hit off the bat of Andrew McKinley but stranded six base runners with 4 of the 6 in scoring position. The Irish lone run came in the 6th and started with Bradley Dinan’s third base on balls of the evening. Coach Carpenter called on Justin Schafer to pinch run and he was able to reach second on a Jack Suich grounder to second base. Ryan Keel’s line drive single into left field scored Schafer. What looked like a promising inning ended abruptly with a Clint Conner line out to the shortstop. Jack Suich and Jake Schafer both pitched in relief. Each of them were able to get the Jaguars to hit into double plays ending the 6th and 7th innings.

Irish JV Edge Bradley 4-1 to Sweep OCC Series

May 5 ~ Hilliard - The Scioto JV baseball team defeated host Bradley today 4-1 as the Irish collected their 8th consecutive win. Runs were few and far between as the game was scoreless through five innings. Freshman JR Marshall (0-0) started on the hill and pitched 3 scoreless innings striking out 5 Jaguar hitters, no walks and surrendered only one hit. Nick Hilmoe pitched a scoreless 4th inning and Josh Vogel (1-0) relieved Hilmoe in the 5th inning and added another Bradley scoreless inning. However, in the 6th inning, Nick Srsic led off by reaching base on an error and promptly stole second base. Josh Vogel sacrificed him to third base and Owen Kubalak’s bullet single to left field scored Srsic with the Irish first run. Andrew Magno forced Kubalak out at second base and moved up two bases on wild pitches. Ian Crouse and Logan McCarthy both walked loading the bases. Ryan Crow was hit by a pitch driving in another run and another Jaguar wild pitch plated Crouse to give Scioto a 3-0 lead. Scioto scored another run in the 7th as pinch hitter Ryan Bush struck out but the Jaguar catcher allowed the pitch to get to the backstop allowing Bush to journey all the way to second base. Jay Patel singled him to third and Matt Patel’s infield single scored Bush to put the Irish ahead 4-0 as Bradley batted in their home half of the 7th inning.

Vogel picked up his first pitching victory of the season but did allow a single run in the 7th inning but he was able to work out of a two on two out jam ending the game by striking out the Jaguar left fielder thus giving the Irish a hard fought 4-1 victory.

The Irish go back into OCC league play tomorrow hosting Hilliard Darby with the first pitch scheduled for 5:00 pm. The victory today gives the Irish an overall record of 15-4; and 9-2 in league play.

Talentino’s Offensive Output Carries Irish to 8-5 Victory over Hilliard Bradley

May 2 ~ Hilliard – Senior Spencer Talentino provided most of the offense as his Irish diamond mates defeated the Hilliard Bradley Jaguars 8-5. Talentino opened the game with a bunt single; finished with a double and two singles; scored three runs; and knocked in two runs with the last being the game winner.

The Irish scored in three of the first four innings. The 1st inning opened with Talentino’s bunt single and then he stole second base. Andrew McKinley sacrifice bunted him to third base and he then scored on a wild pitch. Ryan Keel and Bradley Dinan reached to open the 2nd inning and advanced on two wild pitches. Keel scored on the second WP and Dinan advanced to third. Starting pitcher, Jacon Schafer grounded out to the shortstop scoring Dinan for the second run and a 3-0 lead. Jake Carpenter opened the 4th inning with a base on balls and scored on Talentino’s double to the left-center alley. McKinley line drive single to left field scored Talentino for a 5-0 lead.

It took the next two innings, but the Jaguars plated five runs to tie the game and knock Schafer off the mound. Senior Max Callender came in relief and shut down the home team for his first varsity win. Callender got offensive help as Dinan reached in the 6th inning with a walk. Callender’s ground ball moved Dinan into scoring position. After a Carpenter walk, Talentino’s line drive single to left field scored Dinan for what turned out to be the winning run. McKinley followed with a single to load the bases for Matthew Messick. Messick hit a hard ground ball to the Jaguar first basemen that he couldn’t handle which allowed Carpenter and Talentino to score for the final 8-5 margin. The Irish host the Jaguars on Monday and try to improve their 9-11 overall record and 5-5 in the OCC Cardinal Division.

JV Irish Diamond Men Thump Bradley 12-2

May 2 ~ Dublin - The Scioto Irish JV baseball team collected 12 hits over five innings and drilled visiting Hilliard Bradley today 12-2 in an OCC encounter. The Jaguars scored first in the opening inning off of starting pitcher Jake Schmidt (2-0) to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Irish countered with 5 runs in their half of the 1st inning as Owen Kubalak and Andrew Magno had key RBI hits. The Irish added 3 more runs in the 2nd inning as Jake Schmidt drove in two teammates with a 2 out 2 run RBI single pushing the Irish lead to 8-1. The offense kept rolling in the 3rd inning as Scioto added a pair of runs on Carter Brown’s 2 run RBI single to score Nate Torski and Josh Vogel which gave the Irish a commanding lead of 10-1.

Winning pitcher Jake Schmidt threw four innings of no hit baseball surrendering only one unearned run while striking out 3 and walking 3 Jaguar hitters. Scioto rounded out their scoring in the 4th inning as Lucas Nau delivered a 2 run scoring single pushing the Irish lead to 12-1 through 4 innings. Carter Brown relieved Schmidt in the 5th and gave up one run on two hits and had one strikeout which ended the game by a final score of 12-2 giving the Irish their 7th consecutive victory. The win moved the JV’s record to 14-4 overall and 8-2 in OCC play.

Scioto returns to league play with a return visit to Hilliard Bradley next Monday beginning at 5:00 pm. hoping to sweep their season series with the Jaguars.

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