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Soggy Tigers win first three games

By MICHAEL LEONARD Sports Editor Published: April 5, 2017 12:00 AM
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Like everyone in Northeast Ohio, Twinsburg baseball was hit by the non-stop-rain blues for much of the last week.

However, the Tigers were able to get three games in between the raindrops in week one of the season -- and results were posittive for Twinsburg.

Opening its season March 25 at Dodge Field, Twinsburg was able to pull a sweep over University School, taking game one 8-1 and game two 6-3.

Twinsburg then opened Suburban League National Conference play March 29 at Dodge against North Royalton. Facing Bears' ace David Steward, Twinsburg was able to score a 3-0 win.

The Tigers record stood at 3-0, 1-0 in the National Conference as of press time.

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"On both Saturday and Tuesday, we played very fundamental and we had great approaches as the plate," said Twinsburg coach Don Jones. "It was a really nice to finally get outside and allow the young men to play baseball."

Jones said University School "had some really skilled young men," but the Tigers played well in all aspects of the game.

Game one saw senior Ryan Christy get the win on the mound, as the Ohio University recruit pitched five scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out eight Preppers. Junior Jason Stahlman pitched two innings of relief, allowing two hits and one earned run.

At the plan, Christy led the Tigers with two singles and three RBis, while senior outfielder Tyler Gairing had a double and an RBI. First baseman Jake Carini added a sacrifice fly, while shortstop Cristian Tejada had a triple and an RBI, despite battling a cold.

In game two of the doubleheader, senior starter Carson Leo gave up two earned runs in two innings of work, as he was on a strict pitch count. Carinci (1-0) picked up the win, allowing one earned run in three innings of relief.

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Junior Sean Williams picked up the save for the Tigers, pitching 1.33 scoreless innings and striking out the side in the top of the seventh.

Carinci led the Tigers at the plate with a single and two RBIs, while Christy ran wild, going 2-of-4 with two singles and three stolen bases. Senior Terrence Chambers added a double and an RBI, while Stahman had an RBI and a stolen base.

Facing North Royalton, Jones said Steward proved to be as good as advertised.

"He is an excellent pitcher," Jones said. "He changed speeds on us and kept us off-balance most of the game. They're a quality team. Their second baseman and center fielder were excellent. We were very thankful to be able to come away with a win."

One reason why Twinsburg won: As good as Steward was, Christy was better.

Christy (2-0) pitched a complete-game shutout, allowed four hits and no walks, while striking out five Bears.

Two of North Royalton's hits came in the top of the seventh, but a double play helped diffuse the threat.

Twinsburg opened the scoring in the second inning when Carinci walked and catcher Dylan Jackson was hit by a pitch. After Carinci moved to third, a sacrifice fly by Williams made it 1-0.

The Tigers got two more runs in the third from the top of the order. Stahlman hit a single and Tejada smacked a double to right-center field. Garing then came through with a two-run single to make it 3-0.

"I expect our guys to play as hard as they can daily," Jones said. "We'll let the baseball gods decide the rest."

The baseball gods decided to rain of Twinsburg the rest of the week, as the Tigers' second game with North Royalton and a doubleheader with Woodridge April 1 were postponed due to rain.

Twinsburg was set to try again at North Royalton April 3, but results were not available at press time. Jones said he would love to have Woodridge back on the schedule, but no make-up date has yet been set.

Twinsburg was set to return to action at Brecksville-Broadview Heights April 4 (results were not available at press time), before hosting the Bees April 5 at 4:30 p.m. at Dodge.

The Tigers will travel to Baldwin Wallace University April 7 at 5 p.m. to take on St. Ignatius.

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