Liberty, Hayes nab weekend wins

Last updated: May 04. 2014 6:25PM - 501 Views
By - bstroup@civitasmedia.com

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Olentangy stayed hot over the weekend, sweeping away visiting Westerville North during a doubleheader Saturday in Lewis Center.

The Braves had to hang on to win the opener 11-9. Offense was the story as Olentangy scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings — four in the first, three in the second and two each in the third and fourth.

North kept things close with a six-run third while adding two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.

The Braves’ Jordan Ustaszewski, Kevin Musgrave, Drew Batt, Nate Monastra and Collin Hoffman led the charge at the plate. Ustaszewski finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two knocked in, Musgrave finished 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Batt finished with a team-best three RBIs, Monastra was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI and Hoffman finished 2 for 3 with a pair knocked in.

Ustaszewski picked up the win on the mound despite allowing eight runs, four earned, on seven hits in his 3.2 innings of work.

The Braves (12-7-1) won the second game a little more comfortably, using a five-run fourth to punctuate a 15-7 win.

Joe McGuinness sparked the offense with a perfect 4-for-4 effort at the plate. He hit a solo homer in the fourth, his fourth of the season, while scoring three runs and driving in another. Tim Feasel was also solid, finishing 2 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Other standouts included Deeb Haber, who finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored; Grant Helber, who was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs; Austin Moore, who was 2 for 4 with two RBIs; and Thomas Beckman, who closed 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Monasta, who came on in relief of starter Andrew Philpott in the fourth, picked up the win on the mound.

•Liberty picked up a solid non-league win Saturday afternoon, blanking host Bellefontaine 13-0 in five innings.

The Patriots (16-5) took care of business early, scoring 11 first-inning runs to set the tone. They added another in the third and one more in the fourth to smooth out their scoring summary.

Jacob Niggemeyer led Liberty with three of his team’s 16 hits to go with three knocked in. AJ Kullman and Chase Gresock were also solid, each finishing with two hits and two RBIs. Kullman, meanwhile, picked up the win on the mound.

•Hayes withstood a six-run inning Saturday afternoon in Mount Vernon, negating the big frame with a relentless offensive attack to drop the Yellow Jackets 10-7 in OCC-Capital Division action.

The Pacers (11-6), who were down 1-0 heading into the third inning, scored three runs in the top of the third, added two more in the fourth and fifth innings — the two in the fifth tying things at 7-all — and plated another three in the sixth to seal the deal.

Mount Vernon’s (12-6) six spot came in the fourth, temporarily giving the hosts a 7-5 lead.

Noble Moore went the distance for Hayes to earn the win on the mound.

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