WARREN - Warren G. Harding left it till late to beat Lorain 3-2 in the Raiders' season opener.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Dylan Pflager stepped up to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. He delivered for Harding (1-0, 1-0 Lake Erie League) with a two-run, walk-off single.
Ryan Matthews recorded the win for the Raiders, pitching the final two innings. Alex Fitzgerald started the game on the mound and went four innings, striking out four and walking three. He allowed Lorain's (3-1, 2-1) two unearned runs.
NILES 4, OHIO COUNTY (KY.) 1: MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Niles' Brennan Baker allowed one run in a complete-game victory over Ohio County (Ky.) as the Red Dragons stayed unbeaten on their road trip in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Baker gave up seven hits, struck out one and didn't yield a walk for Niles (2-0). The Red Dragons scored all the runs they needed in the first inning as James Tate and Justin Lopes each provided RBIs. Lopes had two hits and drove in a team-best two runs for the game. Ian Hileman and Tate also struck for two hits apiece.
Jacob Foster added an RBI triple in the sixth inning.
On Monday, Niles beat Midview High School, a Division I Ohio school, 4-3, in eight innings. Jake Foster pitched seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. He allowed three runs - two earned. Cody Bobbie earned the win by pitching a scoreless final inning.
Ryan Ifft walked to start the eighth, Hileman singled, and both runners moved up on a balk. Lopes followed with a game-winning RBI single.
JACKSON-MILTON 2, MINERAL RIDGE 1: NORTH JACKSON - Jackson-Milton's Nick Woloshack tossed a no-hitter against Mineral Ridge, but it took until the bottom of the seventh inning for the Blue Jays to earn the Inter Tri-County League, Upper Tier win.
Mineral Ridge (0-2, 0-1) scored a run in the fifth, and starting pitcher Greg Strohmeyer held the lead until the seventh. The Blue Jays' leadoff hitter reached on an error, and Adam Jeffries laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Jeremy Fitzpatrick then doubled to tie the game at 1. Woloshack, who doubled earlier in the game and finished with three hits, was intentionally walked, and Brandon Mitchell singled to left field with one out to score Fitzpatrick for the winning run.
Woloshack struck out five and walked two for Jackson-Milton (1-1, 1-0). It was his first career no-hitter.
Mineral Ridge scored its run when Nick Ferguson walked and advanced to second on a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, and a ground out scored Ferguson.
BADGER 5, NEWBURY 4: KINSMAN - Mike Chachko recorded 11 strikeouts and one walk as the Braves got past the Black Knights.
Chachko didn't give up any earned runs for Badger (1-0).
Joe Mott added two RBIs for the Braves.
Dassatti took the loss for Newbury.
SALEM 2, GIRARD 1: GIRARD - Zach Economous singled in a run from second for the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning for the Quakers.
Salem (2-1) added the other run on an outfield error.
Ryan Leasure pitched five scoreless innings and had six strikeouts and no walks, but got a no decision for Girard (1-1).
Jim Standohar drove in Tyler Alejars, who took the loss for the Indians, in the bottom of the first inning.
WESTERN RESERVE 8, McDONALD 4: BERLIN CENTER - Ahead by one run going into the bottom of the sixth, Western Reserve scored four runs to seal a win over Inter Tri-County League, Lower Tier opponent McDonald.
Nick Allison recorded the win for Western Reserve (1-0, 1-0 ITCL, Lower Tier). He went five innings, allowing three unearned runs while striking out 10 batters.
Mike Raschilla led McDonald (2-1, 0-1) with two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI.
CARDINAL 9, GARFIELD 3: GARRETTSVILLE - The Huskies scored seven straight runs before the G-Men could answer to pick up their first win of the season.
Clark Thurling hit a home run for Cardinal (1-2), while Jake Bozak, K.C. Cress and James Byler batted in two runs for the Huskies.
Chase Chapman had two RBIs for Garfield (0-3), while Tim Schwan went 3-for-4 from the plate.
URSULINE 10, EAST PALESTINE 0, six innings: YOUNGSTOWN - The Fighting Irish pitchers combined to post a shutout over the Bulldogs in both teams' season opener.
Starting pitcher Sam Donko led the way for Ursuline (1-0). He went five innings and struck out 12 Bulldogs (0-1). He received help on offense from Harrison Finelli, who recorded three hits and three RBIs.
Losing pitcher Justin Fristik was a one-man show for East Palestine, as he recorded the team's only two hits.
SPRINGFIELD 7, UNITED 1: NEW MIDDLETOWN - The Tigers started their season off on the right foot with a win over the Golden Eagles.
Springfield's trio of pitchers, led by starter Dalton Donachie, combined to strike out 11 United (0-3, 0-1 Inter Tri-County League, Upper Tier) batters and allow one run and one hit.
Garret Beech went 3 2/3 innings in the losing effort for United.
WARREN G. HARDING 13, LORAIN 0: LORAIN - After a slow start, the Raiders poured 13 runs in the final four innings to win their season-opener against the Titans.
Alyssa Donald led the offensive power surge for Harding (1-0, 1-0 Lake Erie League). She recorded three hits, including a two-run home run, and compiled five RBIs. Ra'Ale Chatom added three hits and three RBIs.
The Raiders also had a stellar pitching performance from Alexis Stanno, who threw a complete-game shutout and struck out 15 batters.
WESTERN RESERVE 19, McDONALD 1, five innings: BERLIN CENTER - Western Reserve dropped 10 runs in the third inning in a rout of McDonald in its season opener.
Western Reserve had three players record two or more hits, led by April Lude. Lude hit a double and a home run, while driving in four runners.
Golden was a bright spot for McDonald, going 2-for-3 and scoring McDonald's only run.
GRAND VALLEY 8, LORDSTOWN 4: LORDSTOWN - Char Miller had four RBIs and Katie Paskey added three as the Mustangs rolled past the Red Devils.
Paskey earned the win for Grand Valley (1-0, 1-0 NAC), while Hailey Toporcer took the loss for Lordstown (0-1, 0-1).
Abby Paskey, Miller, Chris Futty and Katie Paskey each had three RBIs for GV.