Teays Valley secured a share of second in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with Amanda-Clearcreek on Friday by pounding host Hamilton Township 15-1.
The Vikings quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the fist. Peyton Weiler and Noah Morbitzer both sandwiched singles around Tommy Williams reaching on an error. A.J. Moniaci then unclogged the bags with a line drive double to center that scored all three runners.
After Landon Guisinger reached on the second bunt single of the inning, a ground out to short by Will Murphy allowed Moniaci to score. Guisinger came around for the final run of the visiting first on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Landen McFarland.
The Rangers scored once in the bottom of the first, but the Vikings scored four more runs in the second to take a 9-1 lead.
Landon Brent, Weiler, Morbitzer, Moniaci and Murphy had two hits apiece for the Vikings. Moniaci drove in four runs on the day, while Weiler, Williams and Morbitzer each scored twice.
Adam Trisler tossed a complete game and scattered seven hits, an earned run, walked none and struck out seven. Trisler needed 92 pitches to complete his outing, 68 of which were for strikes. He threw a first-pitch strike to 22 of the 29 batters he faced.
The Vikings (15-7, 10-4) travel to Canal Winchester on Monday for a non-league game.
Circleville belted out 18 hits and scored in every at-bat except for one on Friday on its way to a 9-4 non-league win over host Westfall.
Nolan West doubled to left to lead off the game and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Angelo Travis to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Westfall responded in its half of the first and briefly took a 2-1 lead. Trent Walters doubled to left and scored one out later on a single to left off the bat of Peyton Weiss. Bryant Coker followed with a double to right that chased home Weiss.
The Tigers seized the lead for good with a two-run second.
Drew Thornsley tripled to right with one out and scored on a squeeze bunt that Matt Bradley reached on. Bradley stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a single to left off the bat of West that gave the Tigers a 3-2 advantage.
Circleville tacked on two more runs in the third to make it a 5-2 game.
Nick Burns doubled to center to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a ground out by Austin Gray for the second out and scored on a single to left courtesy of Logan Smith. Thornsley then followed with a double to center that plated Smith.
Wyatt Thatcher was 4-for-5 with a run scored, West went 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored, and Thornsley went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to pace the Tigers. Smith and Burns added two hits apiece, with Smith driving in two and scoring twice.
Smith tossed four innings of relief and allowed four hits, two earned runs and struck out six to claim the win.
Weiss led the Mustangs by going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored and Walters was 2-for-4 and scored twice.
The Mustangs (7-14) host Briggs and Madison-Plains on Saturday to continue non-conference play before opening tournament play on Monday at Belpre. The Tigers (13-11) also open tournament play on Monday when they host Waverly.
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Trent Hedges worked six strong innings and struck out 10 batters on Friday to help Amanda-Clearcreek to a 9-2 non-league win over visiting Berne Union.
Hedges checked the Rockets to three hits, a pair of runs (one earned) and issued three walks.
Berne Union actually took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Aces answered in their half of the inning to tie the game.
Hedges was hit by a pitch with one out and Cade Young later worked a two-out walk. After a balk advanced the runners, Kansas Rhymer smacked a 3-2 offering to right that drove in both runners.
Grant Guiler, Hunter Matheny and Ryan Chambers all worked with one out to load the bases. Hedges then grounded into a fielder’s choice that allowed Guiler to score the go-ahead run.
Amanda-Clearcreek extended its lead to 5-2 in the third on a single to center by Landon Mills that scored both Young and Rhymer.
Peyton Cassley doubled and scored, Hedges singled, drove in two runs and scored, Rhymer singled, drove in two and scored twice and Mills singled, scored and drove in two runs for the Aces (15-5), who host Fisher Catholic on Saturday for a non-league game.
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Circleville (15-6, 8-6) and Logan Elm (12-11, 8-6) finish the regular-season sharing third in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division following a 5-1 road win for the Tigers.
Chandler Hayes earned the win for the Tigers, who are slated to travel to Ohio University on Monday to face Sheridan in a district semifinal.