White-hot Wagner, Lady P’s on a roll to highlight area sports

White-hot Wagner, Lady P’s on a roll to highlight area sports
Dave Mast

West Holmes first-singles player Curtis Wagner kept rolling, earning the Knights lone victory in a 4-1 loss to Wooster.


West Holmes head tennis coach Jason Otto said Ohio Cardinal Conference foe Wooster was an absolute handful this year, ranking them second behind state power Lexington. On Tuesday, April 27, the Generals made good on that belief, handing. The Knights just their third loss of the season, a 4-1 defeat.

West Holmes’ lone win came at first singles, where number one singles man Curtis Wagner continued his torrid pace by handing Mark Wood in an epic 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 comeback win. Wooster dominated all four of the other matches.


Trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, the West Holmes Knights plated three runs and dealt Mt. Vernon a 4-2 defeat on the diamond Tuesday, April 27. WHHS scored a run to start the game but exploded for three runs in the fourth inning. It would be all starter and winner Noah Clark would need to finish off the win.

Clark would fire five innings, allowing five hits while striking out five. At the dish, Micah Martin hammered out the key bases-loaded double that cleared the bases and gave the Knights the lead they would not relinquish. Peyton Eads would clean up the final two innings to earn the save.

The Hiland Hawks racked up crooked numbers in every single inning of a five-inning 16-1 pasting of Claymont Tuesday, April 27. Reece Schlabach pounded out three hits, smoking a home run, triple and double, while driving in five and scoring. Three times. Cassey Lowe stroked two hits, scored three times and drove in four, while Jared Hostetler collected two hits and scored four runs. Derrick Troyer picked up the win by twirling three innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball, while Schlabach finished, allowing one run over two innings.

Garaway lost a pair of close games, falling to Ridgewood 9-7 and getting knocked off by Harrison Central 7-6.

In the loss to the Generals, Garaway took an early lead with a three-spot in the first inning, but Ridgewood answered with a huge six-run fifth inning. Alexander Roden had two hits, scoring twice with two RBI, while Wynston Troyer also had two knocks, scoring twice. Mast drove home three runs.

In the loss to Harrison Central, the Pirates led 6-3 going into the sixth inning, when the Huskies plated the game-winning runs. Doran Mast and Brock Keim each produced a pair of hits in the loss.


The Garaway Lady Pirates jumped all over Ridgewood with a six-spot in the first inning, watched as the Generals rallied for five in the second and took a 9-8 lead, then rallied late, putting a 14-9 win in the bag by producing a six-run final inning.

Isabelle Tetreault got the call in the circle and went to distance for the win. Tetreault had 12 hits against her, allowing nine runs, five of which were earned, and walked one while recording seven strikeouts.
Top Hitters were Jordyn Keim with two hits including a double, three RBI and a pair of runs, Grace Yoder: had three hits, scoring twice while driving in three, Jenna Shoup cracked a pair of singles and scored twice, while Tetreault and Shelby Gerber each produced a pair of hits.

The victory was the Lady Pirates’ third in a row, and Garaway now stands at 5-12 on the campaign and 4-3 in the IVC South.

Earlier Garaway destroyed Malvern 23-6. Keim had a healthy evening, hitting for a cycle, including an in-the-park home run, with those hits leading to seven RBI and three scores. Shoup singled and doubled and scored three times, Faith Windle had three hits and drove in four, Gerber singled and doubled and scored three runs, Janel Mast doubled and homered, Meghan Petitte doubled and tripled and Hannah Steiner added two hits in a 24-hit attack.

West Holmes led Carrollton 7-4 heading into the final inning, but Carrollton rallied for a five-run seventh inning to hand the Lady Knights a 9-7 defeat. For the Lady Knights, Avery Yoder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, Kenzie Woods had two hits including a double while driving in a pair and Keegan Uhl smacked two singles and two doubles with an RBI. Addison Yoder took the loss on the mound.

The Lady Knights did pick up a win over Orrville, grinding out an 8-7 victory after the Red Riders came at them hard with a five-run first. West Holmes kept pecking away and took the lead for good in the fifth-inning.

Yoder remained hot, collecting two hits while scoring twice, Kali Woods had a pair of hits and Kenzi Woods scored twice, allowing Felicity Cline to pick up the win on the mound.

Junior Varsity

The West Holmes JV baseball team back from 2-0 deficit to beat the Mt. Vernon Yellow Jackets 6-2. The Knights would take the lead in the third when Blake McCombs smoked a double scoring Sam Sprang from second and Beau Norman from first base. With two outs and two strikes on Brayden Miller, the Knights got their third run when they executed a bock-steal-big-lead play to go up 3-2 when McCombs scored from third base. Hunter Ryan gave the Knights some breathing room in the fifth inning when he hit a two-run home run over the left-center fence. The Knights final run came in the sixth when Gus Warner scored on a wild pitch. Reed Fenderick had two hits while Kendall Miller (double), Sprang and Norman all had singles. Fenderick went the distance on the mound allowing no earned runs, on five hits while striking out three. The Knights are now 12-5.

West Holmes’ softball team scored early and often in an 18-9 win over Carrollton. A five-spot in the top of the first inning spelled good things to come for West Homes. Dakotah Ringwalt went the distance on the mound striking out six and allowing three earned runs. She added a double, triple and two EBI. Elyssa Sutton cranked out three hits, while Ally Ogi, Bree Parks, Jocelyn Lucas, Hallie North and Meghan Casey all added a pair of hits.

Middle School track

On Monday, April 26, the West Holmes Middle School girls’ track and field team hosted Mount Vernon. The Lady Knights put together a great team performance, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 93-30.
Scoring firsts for the Lady Knights were: Brianna Poventud in the 100-meter hurdles and the 100-meters, the 4x100-meter relay team of Kandel, Bruce, Bertra, and Weber, Lexy Starner in the 400-meters, Noelle Smith in the 800-meters the long jump, Casey Ogi in the 200-meters and pole vault, Keely Mellott in the shot and discus, Lilli Al-Sulten Brown in the high jump, Zora Starner in the 1600-meters, the 4x400 relay team of Giauque, Wagers, Starner and Starner and the 4x200 relay team of Kandel, Bertram, Drzazga, and Weber.
Second-place finishes went to: Jozlynn Giauque in the 100-meter hurdles, Ogi in the 100-meters, Jozlynn Giauque in the 200-meters, Haley Gallion in the shot and discus and Poventud in the pole vault.

The boys also scored a 67-56 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Scoring for the Knights in first place were: Logan Zollars in the 100-meters and 200-meters, Reid Chaney in the long jump, Carsen Doty in the 200-meter hurdles, Mac Miller in the pole vault, the 4x200 relay team of Logan Zollars, Nathan Young, Zach Shepler, and Reid Chaney and the 4x400 relay team of Macin Miller, Cole Porter, Chaney, and Mac Miller.
Scoring runner-up points for the Knights were: Louden Dixon in the 110-meter hurdles and 200-meter hurdles,
Doty in the long jump, Parker Garver in the 400-meters, Macin Miller in the pole vault and high jump, Hunter Uptain in the 1600-meters and 800-meters and the 4x100-meter relay team of Dixon, Porter, Garret McCluggage, and Zach Shepler.

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