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Buckeye offense shines with 15 singles in win over Brookside

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YORK TWP. — The Buckeye baseball team scored more times than it stranded runners, and — here’s a fun fact — the Bucks left the bases loaded in four consecutive innings.

Buckeye exploded out of seemingly nowhere for a season high in runs Monday en route to crushing Brookside 16-0 in a five-inning Cuyahoga Community College West Division II Sectional semifinal.

The eighth-seeded Bucks (11-13) advanced to play top-seeded Keystone (21-1) at Penfield Community Park today. Ironically, they haven’t lost since being swept by the Wildcats in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division play two weeks ago.

“We came out and knew we had to stay focused,” first baseman Tyler Faught said. “We knew it was going to be a good opponent because they put up a good game last time (in a 4-2 Buckeye win April 18).

“We had a nice, solid BP (batting practice) and just relaxed. We got our bats going and played good ‘D.’”

Entering the party cloudy, 50-degree day averaging 4.3 runs, Buckeye had 15 hits, seven walks and three hit batters against four pitchers. Coach Steve Wright’s squad held inning leads of 4-0, 8-0 and 14-0.

There wasn’t a singular hero, as Jonathon Neel, Faught, Jake Case, D.J. Matson, Ben Grega and Matt Shook scored at least two runs; Neel, Faught, Matson and Jack Bradnan had at least two hits and Adam Matras, Matson, Bradnan and Shook drove in at least two runs.

All 15 hits were singles, including four that didn’t leave the infield. Buckeye also took advantage of poor fielding, as ninth-seeded Brookside (5-14) had three errors and multiple lost outs on bad outfield angles.

“We were just putting the ball in play and making things happen,” Wright said. “It was exciting to see because we haven’t scored that many runs all year.”

Left-hander Pat Caniglia didn’t have his best stuff but posted a second straight shutout. The junior spun a four-hitter — two infield singles — on 110 pitches with four walks and eight strikeouts, highlighted by getting out of a two-on, no-out situation to begin the game.

Buckeye pitching has thrown 20⅔ consecutive scoreless innings. Case started with 1⅔ of relief against Brooklyn on April 27, followed by complete games by Caniglia (vs. Black River, Brookside) and Josh Meyer (Fairview).

“Great pitching by Pat,” Faught said. “He pitched a great game. You can’t ask for much better.”

The Bucks appear to be finding their stride at the perfect time.

“We realized that we’re better than we’d been playing,” Faught said. “We had a couple kids step up, and it just took a couple games to get everything in gear.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

Buckeye 16, Brookside 0 (5 inn.)

Cuyahoga Community College Division II Sectional Semifinal

Brookside (5-14) Buckeye (11-13)

AB R H BI AB R H BI

Rozanc 2b 2 0 0 0 Matras lf 3 1 1 3

Williams cf 3 0 2 0 Neel 2b 3 2 2 0

Houdeshell c 2 0 0 0 Faught 1b 3 3 2 0

Ackerman 3b 3 0 1 0 Case ss 3 2 3 1

Fortney 1b 3 0 0 0 Matson rf 4 2 2 2

Thompson lf 2 0 0 0 Bradnan 3b 4 1 2 3

Liggit rf 2 0 0 0 Grega dh 2 2 1 0

Fields ss 1 0 0 0 Shook cf 1 2 1 2

Ragoni dh 1 0 1 0 Jeffery c 2 1 0 0

Vroman p 0 0 0 0 Wright ss 1 0 1 1

Wilson 3b 1 0 0 0

Meyer 1b 1 0 0 0

Totals 19 0 4 0 Totals 28 16 15 12

BROOKSIDE 000 00 — 0 4 3

BUCKEYE 446 2x — 16 15 0

LOB — Brookside 8, Buckeye 12. E — Fortney, Fields, Vroman. 2B — Williams. SF — Matras. SB — Ragoni.

IP H R ER BB SO

Brookside

Vroman (L, 2-4) 1+ 6 6 6 2 2

Thompson 1⅓ 7 6 6 1 2

Fields ⅓ 0 2 0 3 0

Rozanc 1⅓ 2 2 2 1 3

Buckeye

Caniglia (3-3) 5 4 0 0 4 8

WP — Fields 2. HBP — byVroman (Faught), by Fields (Neel), by Rozanc (Grega).

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