The Division 3 District Baseball Championship goes to the (18-8) Minford Falcons as they rally from a 3-1 deficit to upset SVC Champ (24-4) Zane Trace, 5-3 at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Zane Trace built a 3-1 lead with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Minford had a run in the fourth, two in the sixth, then scored two more in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead.
1st inning: Zane Trace’s Landen Jarrell reached on a single then later advances to third. Runners at the corner and Trey Edler sacrifice fly for 1-0 ZT lead.
3rd inning: Zane Trace loaded the bases with no outs, then Austen Ison’s bloop RBI single to center made it 2-0. Minford pitcher Noah Martin proceeded to get the next three ZT batters to ground into force plays with no more runs scored in the inning.
T4th, Minford got runners to second and third, then Branson Alley’s sacrifice bunt scores runner from third. 2-1.
B4, ZT’s Brooks Hodsen walks and later in the inning scores on a wild pitch for a 3-1 ZT lead.
T5, Minford threatened, with runners and the corners, but an Edler pickoff of runner at third ended the threat.
T6: Mason Book leads off with a triple, followed by Noah Martin’s RBI double. 3-2. Martin moved to third on a FC, then scored on a wild pitch. 3-3.
T7: Aedan Queen’s sacrifice fly to right allowed Minford runners to advance to second and third with two outs. ZT throwing error from shortstop to first, which would have ended the inning, allowed Minford to score the go-ahead run. 4-3 Falcons. That was followed by a balk, allowing another run to score. 5-3 Minford.
The Pioneers threatened in the bottom of the 7th, starting the inning with back-to-back walks. But, Adam Crank came on in relief to get one out throwing out the lead ZT runner at third on a bunt attempt, then retired the next two batters on a FC force at second and a game-ending ground out to second.
Minford finished with 5 runs/9 hits/2 errors, while Zane Trace had 3 runs/3 hits/ 2 errors.
Minford will play Fairland at noon June 2nd for the D-3 Regional Semis at VA Memorial Stadium.
Waverly’s Boys Tennis state tournament trio bowed-out of action Friday at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
Penn Morrison, playing in his third state tournament, won his opening singles match 6-1/6-0 against Gabe Guiler of Pepper Pike Orange. Morrison fell in the second round 7-5/6-3 to Tucker Culpepper of Xenia Legacy Christian.
The Waverly doubles team of Wayne Lamerson/Caden Nibert lost to Ace Bloom/Krish Mehra of Pepper Pike Orange in first round play, 6-0/6-0.
(Circleville) – The Pickaway County Library has nominated Moriah Ewen and Lily Snyder for the Read On! Ohio Award for Children & Teens. The award recognizes K-12 students who are enthusiastic readers and who enjoy being in the library and using its many services.
Moriah Ewen is the 15-year-old daughter of Jon & Rachel Ewen of Kingston. Moriah has six younger siblings and many foster siblings with whom she enjoys reading and helping learn to read. Her family enjoys weekly trips to the library to select materials.
While selecting books for her homeschool assignments, Moriah also reads about cooking, current events, world geography, horticulture, faith, and religion. For pleasure, she reads juvenile and teen fiction. In her spare time, she loves to write fantasy short stories with science fiction themes including futuristic inventions that change the world. This fall Moriah will be a junior and will be starting some college classes.
Lily Snyder is the 6-year-old daughter of Jon & Raelynn Snyder of Circleville. She is a kindergartener at Circleville Elementary. A love for literature has been ingrained in Lily since her birth, and she loves reading to her 4-year-old sister, Lottie.
Reading books that help her learn about everyday things, such as nature, crafting, or baking is Lily’s passion. When she finds a book she really enjoys, she shows it to everyone with hopes that they will enjoy it, too. She can often be found on her bed captivated by the book she is reading. Books are always kept in the vehicle so when it is travel time, Lily has something to read.
“I have really enjoyed watching these girls grow and mature as readers,” says Sharon Edgington, youth services manager for the Pickaway County Library. “Both girls’ families have instilled in them a love of reading which has expanded their imaginations.”
Edgington also said that both girls enjoy participating in the library’s summer reading program where they always surpass the reading goal. Both families visit the library on a regular basis.
The Ohio Educational Library Media Association is an organization dedicated to professional development, student literacy and achievement, and technological excellence. The Read On! Ohio award is judged on the nominees’ enthusiasm for reading and sharing books with others, reading books for a variety of purposes on a voluntary basis and frequent use of the school and/or public library. This is the first year public library workers have been eligible to nominate individuals.