BELLVILLE — On Wednesday, the Clear Fork Colts shutdown and shutout a usually high octane Galion Tigers offense to the tune of 10-0 in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference action.
The Colts’ pitchers — Gavin Bailey and Gage Belcher — held the Tigers to just two hits for the game, both singles. Galion stranded all five runners that reached base for the game. With the victory, Clear Fork moved to 6-3 overall and one game back of the Ontario Warriors in the MOAC at 4-1. For Galion, the loss drops them to 7-2 on the season and are now 2-1 within the conference.
Bailey earned the win for the Colts, throwing five innings of two-hit baseball while walking two and fanning five. Belcher pitched the final inning for Clear Fork, with his only hiccup being a hit batter.
Offensively, the Colts plated their 10 runs on 13 hits and left five on base.
Clear Fork got on the board early, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the first and second innings before hanging up a three-spot in the home half of the third. Innings four and five were relatively quiet for the home team, but with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Colts plated their third run in the frame to wrap the game via the 10-run rule.
Dylan Jewell, Jared Lind, Hunter Auck and Bailey all had multi-hit games for the Colts.
Jewell led the way with three hits on the day, all singles, while also driving in a run, scoring a run and stealing one of the eight total bases his team stole for the game. Lind finished with a single, a double, two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI. Auck would rip a pair of singles off of the Galion pitching staff while also scoring twice, swiping two bases and driving in a run. Bailey helped his cause at the dish against the Tigers, notching a double and a home run en route to two runs scored and two runs driven in.
Other offensive statistics for the hometown Colts were: Team- 13/27 at the plate, 10-1B, 2-2B, HR, 8 SB, 5 LOB; Thomas Staub- 1B, R; AJ Blubaugh- 1B, 2R, 2RBI, SB; Ethan Sparks- SB; Brad Johnson- RBI; Belcher- 1B and Caden Flynn- 1B, RBI, SB.
Clay Karnes and Carter Keinath recorded the aforementioned singles for the visiting Tigers and Mitch Dyer managed a stolen base for Galion’s only offensive output. As a team, Galion was just 2/19 with two walks and two batters hit by Clear Fork’s pitchers.
Markis Lawson took the loss on the mound for Galion, throwing three innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs (six earned) while striking out four and allowing a home run to Bailey. Karnes got an inning of work in on Wednesday and allowed just one hit and struck out one. Ethan Pigg tossed the final 1⅔ innings, giving up four hits and three runs (one earned) while also walking two batters.
Defensively for the contest, the Tigers committed two errors and the Colts were spotless in the field of play.
Clear Fork 8, Galion 0
GALION —After shutting out the Tigers on Wednesday, the Colts were on the road at Galion on Thursday, April 19 for the final game of their regular season series.
The result was similar in game two as Clear Fork once again shutdown the Tigers offense, winning by a final score of 8-0. With that victory, the Colts moved to 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the MOAC. Galion dropped to 7-3 for the season and 2-2 within the conference.
A weekend trip to Norwalk yielded two more victories for the Colts to put them at 9-3 overall in 2018.
The day started with a 6-2 win over the hosting Truckers, followed by a 5-4 victory over the Madison Rams.
Against the Tigers on Thursday, Staub and Jewell racked up three hits apiece. Staub notched two singles, a double, two runs scored, a run batted in and two stolen bases for a well rounded stat line. Jewell finished with three singles, two runs driven in and a run scored.
Jewell also picked up the victory on the mound for the visiting Colts, going five innings, allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out five. Jacob Lester worked the remaining two innings, surrendering one hit and fanning two. All four of Galion’s hits were singles and the Tigers left four runners on the base path for the day.
Auck and Belcher would also turn in multi-hit games for Clear Fork. Auck and Belcher both recorded a pair of singles while Auck drove in a run and Belcher scored a run.
Other offense for the Colts on Thursday: Team- 12/30 at the plate, 11-1B, 2B, 4 SB and 6 LOB; Lind- 1B, R, RBI, SB; Blubaugh- R; Bailey- R; Mason Cox- 1B, 2RBI, SB and Flynn- R.
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