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Rain keeps disrupting flow for Stow baseball

By MICHAEL LEONARD Sports Editor Published: April 9, 2017 12:00 AM
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STOW -- Stow-Munroe Falls coach Aaron DeBord knows weather disruptions are simply part of the game when it comes to high school baseball in Northeast Ohio.

"I think the kids have done a great job adapting to the weather," DeBord said. "They're putting forth the effort we need."

That may be, but both Stow and Wadsworth looked like they could have used more time outdoors when the two teams met April 3 at Stow.

Stow pitching gave up eight walks and four hit batsmen, while the Bulldogs committed four errors, leading to an 11-6 win for the Grizzlies.

Following another delay, Stow played host to Nordonia April 5 and lost 9-4 to the Knights.

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Stow's record stood at 1-3, 1-2 in the Suburban League National Conference as of press time.

Against Wadsworth, DeBord noted the number of walks and errors killed his team.

"We just gave them too many bags," DeBord said. "We just had a few miscues and they capitalized on them. We've got to be able to take advantage when we get opportunities."

Things started well for Stow.

The bottom of the first inning saw Stow third baseman Thomas McLaughlin and pitcher Jordan Jolly lead off with back-to-back singles, followed by a fielder's choice by Eric Schilling to put men on the corners.

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McLaughlin would score on an error and Schilling scored on a fielder's choice by Max Stillisano to make it 2-0.

However, Wadsworth took the lead in the second without getting a hit.

Jolly issued two walks and a hit batsman before Wadsworth right fielder Alex Scarrow drew a bases-loaded walk. Another run scored on a throwing error and two more scored on a two-base error off the bat of second baseman Austen Manix to make it 4-2.

Wadsworth made it 5-2 in the top of the third inning with an RBI single from center fielder A.J. Robinson, but Stow would try to get back in it.

In the bottom of the third, Schilling drew a lead-off walk and right fielder Matt Conger singled. Stillisano then cleared the bases with a triple to right-center, making it 5-4 after three.

However, Wadsworth came right back in the top of the fourth, as a walk, a single, a stolen base and a wild pitch allowed Grizzlies' designated hitter Nick Landolph to score.

Jolly (0-1) was relieved after he allowed his fifth walk in 3.33 innings of work. Scarrow would later score on a ground out to make it 7-4.

Stow tried to rally again in the bottom of the fifth. Schilling reached on an error and Brett Rhodes walked.

With two outs, pinch hitter Grffin Mohney came through with a two-run single to cut it to 7-6. However, Stow catcher Drew Bradley struck out with the tying run on second base.

Stow roughed up Wadsworth starter Austin Webb for six runs (two earned) in five innings of of work, but the Bulldogs would get no closer after the fifth inning.

Wadsworth would get two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to pad the lead. Stow reliever Stephen Falbo gave up two earned runs in 2.67 innings of relief, while Nate Hallam gave up two runs in a third of and inning. Declan Ange got the final two outs for Stow.

Meanwhile, Grizzly freshman Trey Shaffer pitched two perfect innings to pick up the save for Wadsworth.

"The whole league is tough," DeBord said. "We've got to be ready to play every single day."

The statement was proven when the Bulldogs hosted Nordonia April 5. After Stow took a 3-0 lead after three innings, Nordonia erupted for six runs in the top of the fourth.

"We just couldn't get out of a couple of jams in the fourth inning," DeBord said. "We had to use three pitchers to get out of the fourth inning and we never recovered. They played well and capitalized on our mistakes."

Starting pitcher Evan Bainbridge (1-1) lasted only 3.33 innings for Stow, giving up five earned runs off two hits, with three walks.

Stow got a sacrifice fly from Schilling in the first inning, an RBI single from catcher Drew Bradley in the second and an RBI double from McLaughlin in the third to take the lead. McLaughlin also drove in Stow's fourth run with an RBI double in the fifth.

"We had a couple injuries today that didn't help us either," DeBord said. "We lost our No. 1 [Stillisano] and No. 4 [Conger] hitters before the first inning was over."

Stow was set to play its second game with Nordonia April 6 in Macedonia and before traveling to Green April 7, but results weren't available at press time.

The Bulldogs will have a busy week of National Conference games. Stow will play at Twinsburg April 10, host Twinsburg April 11 and then travel to Hudson April 13. First pitch for all three games is set 4:30 p.m.

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