SHELBY — Having to sit and watch an extra-inning game between Galion and Margaretta on Thursday didn’t appear to bother the Clear Fork Colts, who advanced to Saturday’s Division III championship game with an easy 10-1 victory over Edison in Thurday’s second game.
Sophomore ace Mitch Dulin picked up the victory for Clear Fork, throwing a complete game, five-hitter while allowing just one run. He had two strikeouts, walking a batter and hitting two batters. Dulin had a shutout until the top of the sixth inning. At the plate, Dulin went 1/4 with a single and a run scored to help his cause.
Clear Fork wasted no time getting on the scoreboard Thursday, putting a two-spot up after a Gavin Bailey 2-RBI single to score Thomas Staab and Hunter Boyer.
After the first-inning surge, the offense stalled for a little while. The Colts would get runners on base but failed to score in innings two through four, stranding five runners.
That changed in the fifth inning for Clear Fork as they would string together four hits to plate five runs and take a commanding 7-0 lead. Boyer and AJ Blubaugh started the inning by reaching on errors. Theyscored on a two-run single by first baseman Paul Fransisco. Hunter Auck and Staab would put up back-to-back singles to load the bases. Jared Lind would then walk, which scored Fransisco. Luke Clark plate Auck and Staub with a double. Boyer, who started the inning, would final end the inning with a flyout to center field.
In the sixth, Edison got on the board after a lead-off double, an error, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. Dulin would then settle down and get out of the inning after a flyout and a groundout.
The Colts’ offense started the bottom of the sixth with two quick outs before Fransisco walked after a full count. Dulin would single and Auck would drive in Fransisco with a double. Dulin and Auck would then score after a two run single by lead-off hitter Staab. Staab would be the final official batter of the game as he was thrown out trying to steal second base. Clear Fork took that 10-1 lead into the seventh where they would shut down Edison with a groundout and two-flyouts.
Edison managed their one run on five hits and committed four errors while leaving seven runners on base. Clear Fork lit up the Chargers for 10 runs on 11 hits, committed one error and stranded nine runners.
Margaretta and Clear Fork will clash for the district championship on Saturday May 20 at 1 p.m. at Shelby High School.
Statistics- Staab: 3-1B, 2R, 2 RBI; Lind: RBI; Clark: 2B, 2 RBI; Boyer: R; Blubaugh: R; Bailey: 1B, 2 RBI; Fransisco: 2-1B, 2R, 2 RBI; Dulin: 1B, R; Auck: 2-1B, 2B, 2R, RBI.