Hawks’ bats spring to life, but Garaway gloves falter

Hawks’ bats spring to life, but Garaway gloves falter
Dave Mast

West Holmes shortstop Hunter Aurand, left, and second baseman Gino Dinardi meet in the middle on an infield pop-up. Dinardi came away with the catch, but the Knights fell to Mt. Vernon 10-3.



Hiland 10,
Newcomerstown 0

Hiland 11, Sandy Valley 1

Brady Yoder twirled a complete-game five-inning one-hitter for the Hawks in Hiland’s 10-0 pasting of Newcomerstown on April 15. Yoder struck out six and didn’t walk a batter, allowing a lone single in the first inning.

Offensively, the Hawks posted single tallies in each of the first four innings before salting the game away with a six-run fifth inning. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead on Nolan Yoder’s double in the first. Grant Miller singled home a run in the second, and Kobe Lapp singled home a run in the third. A fielder’s choice in the fourth made it 4-0.

Then came the big rush in the fifth. Isaak Yoder singled home a run, Grant Miller’s sacrifice fly scored the second run, a Tony Yoder single and an error made it 8-0, and Jeff Todaro’s two-run single capped off the big inning.

Grant Miller was the lone Hawk to record a pair of hits while Will Schlabach and Isaak Yoder each scored a pair of runs in the win.

One night earlier the Hawks pounded Sandy Valley 11-1. Nolan Yoder tossed a complete-game five-hitter, striking out five to gain the win on the mound for the Hawks.

Offensively, Hiland held a 1-0 lead heading into the third inning, then erupted for four runs in the third and three more in the fourth to take command.

“We finally got the bats going,” Hiland head coach Chris Dages said.

Todaro ignited the four-run third by mashing a two-run home run to dead-center, that big knock following Nolan Yoder’s two-run double. Several Sandy Valley errors opened the way for Hiland to end the game in five innings.

Alec Weaver, Nolan Yoder and Todaro all mashed a pair of hits for the Hawks, who cranked out four extra base hits on the evening. The two wins improved Hiland to 6-2 on the year.

Tuscarawas Valley 14, Garaway 9

Indian Valley 14, Garaway 6

The Pirates dropped a pair of games April 14-15, falling to Tuscarawas Valley and Indian Valley in games where their pitching and defense let them down.

In the 14-6 loss to Indian Valley, the Pirates found themselves trailing 6-0 and never recovered. Garaway did creep back to within three runs at 6-3 in the bottom of the third when Jamin Beachy singled home a pair followed by Alex Roden’s run-scoring single. However, Indian Valley answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth to maintain the six-run edge.

Gavin Henry had a huge game for the Braves, going 3-of-5 and swatting a home run while driving in three. Beachy went a perfect 3-of-3 on the day, driving home a pair, while Doran Mast added two hits for the Pirates. The Pirates committed an ugly five errors on the night, leading to six unearned runs.

In the loss to the Trojans, Garaway seemed to be in control in a game that was called due to weather and rescheduled for two days later. Trailing 7-4, the Trojans posted five-spots in both the fifth and sixth innings to take command. Preston Miller recorded three hits for Garaway, driving home a pair, while Mast added two hits. He and Brady Roden each scored twice. Errors again played a key role in the loss, with the Pirates committing three more that led to six unearned runs against starter and eventual loser Brady Roden. The losses dropped the Pirates to 4-2 on the year.

WHHS 7, Triway 3

The Knights scored five runs in the fourth inning, which propelled West Holmes to a 7-3 win over Triway on Saturday, April 16 in a tri-header at The College of Wooster.

The winning pitcher for the Knights was Noah Clark, who threw a complete game, dominating from the opening inning. Clark allowed just four hits and one earned run, walking one and striking out seven.

The Knights’ bats also came back to life, with West Holmes banging out 13 hits. Collecting two hits apiece were Brady Smith, Gino DiNardi, Hunter Aurand, Micah Martin and Rudy Hershberger, with Dylan Robinson, Carson Tanner and Brody Allen each adding one hit apiece.

WHHS 12, Loudonville 3

The Knights finished off the tri-header by collecting a 12-3 victory over Loudonville. Picking up the win for the Knights was Matthew Weaver, who threw four strong innings, striking out eight while allowing three runs and walking one. Blake McCombs tossed two shutout innings in relief, striking out three, while Hunter Ryan finished up the win.

Leading the Knights’ hit parade was Rudy Hershberger, who was a perfect 4-of-4 at the dish with four singles. Aurand and Martin both added a pair of hits. The Knights’ record improved to 8-4.

Mt. Vernon 10, WHHS 3

West Holmes left a boatload of runners on base in their April 19 contest with Mt. Vernon, and it cost the Knights in the 10-3 loss.

Starter and losing pitcher Nick Ginsburg deserved a better fate. He tossed six innings, allowing just three earned runs while striking out nine Yellow Jackets. Micah Martin and Hunter Aurand each produced a pair of hits in the loss, which dropped West Holmes to 8-5 on the campaign.

JV baseball

Good pitching and great outfield play helped the West Holmes Knights beat the Ashland Arrows 6-3 in OCC play. Brayden Miller picked up the win on the mound, throwing 5 1/3 innings, with Mason Shankel throwing 1 2/3 innings for the save.


West Holmes’ tennis team kept its perfect season afloat by hammering Claymont 5-0. Hunter Ellis posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory at first singles over Koi Preston. Trevor Miller defeated Maddux Maple 6-2, 6-1, and James Barr and Brody Schaad defeated Owen Cox and Kaden Salyers 6-0, 6-0 in a shortened agenda for the night.


The Lady Knights were never in their game versus a talented Mt. Vernon squad, which posted crooked numbers in every inning in the five-inning tilt.

West Holmes wouldn’t find the score board until the final inning when Keegan Uhl ripped an RBI single, and Peyton Carathers drove in the second run with a hit. Ally Ogi and Felicity Cline added a double apiece, and Kenzie Woods recorded a pair of hits for the Lady Knights.

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