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Minerva splits with Alliance

By TODD REED treed@the-review.com Published: May 4, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Lions were hitting on all cylinders during a 16-5 baseball win over the Aviators.

Connor Wright went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Jake Stewart tripled and drove in four runs; Dominic Slentz had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored; Shane Walters singled twice and drove in a run; and Dakota Romano had two RBIs and three runs scored.

Wright went the distance to pick up the win. The junior allowed five earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work, striking out three.

Alliance - 3

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Minerva - 1

Two days later, the bats went silent as the Lions suffered their second league loss of the season.

Minerva avoided the shutout with a run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice by Walters, plating Wright who had reached base with a single.

Romano pitched the first four innings, giving up three earned runs on two hits and four walks, striking out two.

Slentz did not allow a run over the final three innings as he scattered four hits.

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Tusky Valley - 5

Minerva - 2

Jake Stewart singled twice; Wright went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored; and Dan Common singled and drove in a run.

Evan Hertel was saddled with the loss as he allowed three earned runs on four hits in three innings of work, striking out three.

Jack Hanley went the final four innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, striking out four.

Minerva (14-5, 8-2) will travel to Marlington today (May 4) and to Louisville on Tuesday, May 9.

Division II East District Tournament

Minerva received the second seed and will host either #11 River View or #18 Carrollton on Tuesday, May 9, 5 p.m.

The winner will play in a district semifinal against either #5 Indian Valley or #12 St. Clairsville on Monday, May 15, 5 p.m. at a site to be determined.


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