Edison boys fall to St. C
RICHMOND — St. Clairsville captured its third consecutive Buckeye 8 championship Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Edison at the Jefferson State Lake Park diamond.
Dustin Carrothers battled his way through seven innings to earn the win for the Red Devils, who now stand at 12-6 on the season. The crafty junior southpaw scattered five hits, fanned six and got plenty of help from his defense.
Meanwhile, Peyton Drake and Jayden Starks delivered a couple of run-scoring hits for Tom Sliva’s club.
“Edison’s always a quality team, and we know that,” Sliva said. “You don’t get many wins when you come here. They are tough to beat here, but we put the ball in play and that’s the biggest key in high school baseball.
“I’m proud of our guys. Winning the Buckeye 8 championship is one of our goals for the year, and it’s nice to see them achieve a goal.”
St. Clairsville took the lead for good in the top of the first. Shortstop Matthew Busby delivered a one-out infield single and advanced when Kyle Storer reached thanks to a Wildcat fielding miscue. After a walk to Kaden Blomquist loaded the sacks, Drake came through with his two-run base hit.
The score moved to 4-0 in the top of the fourth. Tyler Tonkovich walked, Starks was hit by a pitch and Busby earned a free pass. Two wild pitches allowed Tonkovich and Starks to both race home.
Edison, now 13-6, scored single runs in the fourth and fifth. George Ash singled home Alec McBane in the fourth. Then, McBane came through with a run-scoring hit, plating Dalton Cresap in the fifth.
“We made too many mistakes in the first couple of innings between errors and walks, and you can’t do that against a good team like St. Clairsville,” Edison’s Mike Collopy said. “We gave them a couple of runs early.
“To their credit, they put the ball in play and we didn’t make the plays. It just wasn’t our day. We’ll focus now on getting ready for tomorrow (the Wildcats host Wheeling Central today).”
Edison had a couple of chances to score but each time Carrothers and his teammates found a way to slam the door. In the Wildcat third, Riley Watson singled with one out then moved up on a passed ball. Cresap walked then swiped second. Carrothers retired the next Edison on strikes.
Connor Hyndman then hit a sharp grounder in the hole between second and third. Busby made an outstanding stop and fired a strike to first to retire the side.
“That was a huge play,” Sliva said. “They could have scored a run or maybe two Edison was right on the verge and we fortunate enough to make a play.
“There’s no doubt that one of the best plays he’s made all year and one of the biggest plays of the game.”
Cresap also drew a walk to start the Edison seventh, but he was erased on a nice 6-4-3 double play.
“Carrothers did a really good job of gutting it out,” Sliva said. “He battled the whole time, stayed on course and made the pitches. They had a lot of chances where they could have gained the momentum with one big hit but we were fortunate enough to get a pop up, a ground out and that double play in the seventh.
“They were on the verge of getting that dugout fired up a couple of times but we were fortunate enough to keep them at bay and hang on. That insurance run we got in the seventh helped a lot also.”
The insurance ran came thanks to Stark’s sharp single to right, which scored Drake.
Drake paced St. Clairsville at the plate with two singles and two RBI. McBane finished two base hits to pace Edison.
Andrew Kinney started on the hill for the Wildcats and was tagged with the loss. Ash, Zach Easter and Tristan Haught also saw time on the mound.
“Andrew battled and he gave us what he had,” Collopy said. “Easter came in and did a really good job for us. Offensively, we earned everything we got. Their pitcher did a good job. To this credit, he threw a heck of a game.”
After hosting Wheeling Central today, Edison will entertain Big Red Friday before beginning Division III sectional play Saturday at home against Union Local.
The Red Devils are scheduled to host Indian Creek Friday, weather permitting. St. Clairsville enters D-II tournament action Tuesday, hosting River View.
St. Clairsville 5, Edison 2
St. Clairsville 2-0-0 2-0-0 1 — 5 6 0
Edison 0-0-0 1-1-0 0 — 2 5 2
ST. CLAIRSVILLE (12-6): Carrothers (WP, 7IP, 2R, 5H, 6K, 5BB) and Jarvis.
EDISON (13-6): Kinney (LP, 32/3IP, 4R, 4H, 3K, 4BB, 1HBP) Ash (11/3IP, 0R, 1H, 3BB) Easter (2/3IP, 1R, 0H, 2BB) Haught (2/3IP, 1H, 1K) and Cresap.
TWO OR MORE HITS: St. Clairsville (Drake 2S); Edison (McBane 2S); RBI’s: St. Clairsville (Drake 2, Starks); Edison (McBane, Ash).