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Clutch hitting with runners on base proved to be the difference as Minerva downed visiting Canton South 9-5.
Shane Walters had a two-run single in the first inning, plating Jack Hanley and Brock Croston.
Minerva added three more runs in the second inning on a Hanley RBI single and a two-run double from Dan Common.
The Wildcats scored three in the third and two more in the fifth, cutting the lead to 6-5.
The Lions responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, with the big hit come from Dominic Slentz as he stroked a two-run double.
Hanley finished with two hits and four runs scored. Common had three RBIs.
Slentz went the first five innings to earn the win. He allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits and four walks, striking out five.
Romano came on in the sixth and pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
Minerva - 5
Salem - 3
Minerva scored four runs in the top of the first inning and Evan Hertel made them stand up as the Lions downed Salem 5-3.
Slentz connected for a 3-run homer in the opening inning, and finished with two hits.
Croston singled twice and scored two runs, Common doubled and drove in a run; and Hanley went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Hertel gave up just one earned run, scattering six hits in seven innings of work. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Minerva - 4
Canton South - 0
Connor Wright threw a 3-hit shutout in leading the Lions to the league win.
Wright gave up just three hits as he went the distance. He struck out nine and walked five. He helped his cause at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
Croston had two hits and a run scored in four plate appearances, and Hertel and Jake Stewart each went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Minerva - 11
Lisbon - 8
The Lions exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning as it beat visiting Lisbon in the first of two games this past Saturday.
Wright had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored; Hanley singled, doubled and drove in two; Common collected two hits, including a double, and drove in a run; and Shane Walters singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in two.
Romano pitched the first four innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks.
Slentz earned the win in relief, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings of work.
Minerva - 6
Lisbon - 4
Hanley went the distance to earn the win on the mound. He allowed three earned runs on six hits, stricken gout six.
Croston singled, doubled and drove in two; and Hanley and Walters each had an RBI.
Minerva (10-2) was to host West Branch today (April 20) and South Range on Saturday, April 22; before traveling to Alliance on Tuesday, April 25.