East Mills scored four runs in the first inning and it stood up in a 4-1 win over Essex/South Page Thursday, June 27, at Tabor in the first round of the Corner Conference Tournament.
Michael Schafer singled to start the first inning for the Wolverines, but three Trojan errors and a walk allowed East Mills to put its four runs on the board.
Daniel Ohnmacht settled down nicely from there, slowing down the Wolverine bats. His final line saw him pitch 5.2 innings, giving up four hits, two walks and four unearned runs while striking out six.
The Trojans scored one run and had only two hits against Wolverine starting pitcher Trevor Glockel. Ohnmacht walked to start the run-scoring fourth inning. He stole second and then scored on Quentin Thornburg’s RBI single.
Eli Drennen had the only other Essex/South Page hit of the game.
The Trojans fell to 0-10 on the season.
The Wolverines advanced to a conference tournament semifinal later that evening, which they would lose to Fremont-Mills. The Knights went on to win the tournament championship.
Every Sidney Cowboy starter had a hit and all but one scored in a 16-9 home win over Essex/South Page, Monday, June 24.
Brett Gruber led the Cowboy bats with three hits while Jackson Gorham drove in four. Will Oswald hit his second home run in as many games, a two-run shot that put Sidney on the board in the home first.
Colton Thornburg doubled and scored on an error to open the scoring for the Trojans against Sidney pitcher Jaden Sears, but the Cowboys answered with five in the home first against Ohnmacht.
Oswald’s home run scored Garett Phillips, who opened the inning with a double. Gruber singled and scored on a Justis Hayes double later in the first. Cole Stenzel walked and then Jackson Gorham doubled in a pair of runs for a 5-1 Sidney lead.
Essex/South Page took the lead with a five-run third inning. Philip Franks singled, and then with two outs Ohnmacht singled. Quentin Thornburg reached on an error and then Drennen singled. Luke Dalley was hit by a pitch and then Jake Gray and Tucker Hadden singled to give the Trojans a 6-5 edge.
Sidney tied the game in the home third on an RBI single by Gorham.
The Cowboys took the lead and broke the game wide open with a seven-run fourth. Oswald was hit by a pitch with one out, and then Gruber, Zayne Osborn and Hayes followed with hits. Cale Phillips singled in a run in the inning, just after Gorham drove in his fourth run of the game on a groundout. The Cowboys led 13-6 after four innings.
Essex/South Page scored a single run in the fifth and two in the sixth, but Sidney answered with the exact total in the home half both times.
Colton Thornburg and Gray led the Trojans with two hits each. Gray also walked twice, reaching base on all four of his plate appearances.
Sidney improved to 5-9 overall and 5-4 in the Corner Conference with the win.
Essex/South Page lost its eighth straight game to start the season, sixth in conference play.
The Essex/South Page Trojans scored the game’s first two runs, but couldn’t score after that in a 12-2 loss at AHSTW, Tuesday, June 25.
The game was called after five innings due to the run-rule.
Colton Thornburg opened the game with a single. He then stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on Quentin Thornburg’s single. A balk moved Quentin to second, and he came around to score on a Drennen single for a 2-0 lead.
The Trojans had additional chances offensively, but couldn’t add any runs to their total. Ohnmacht and Drennen singled in the third, but Ohnmacht ended the inning on third base. Dalley was thrown out on the bases and Hadden was stranded on third in the fourth inning. Ohnmacht doubled with one out in the fifth, but went no farther.
AHSTW scored two runs with two outs in the first inning, and then took the lead and control of the game in the third. The first five Vikings reached, including a triple by Sam Porter and a double by Joey Cunningham. It ended as a six-run inning for AHSTW.
The Vikings added two more runs in the fourth and then two more in the fifth to complete the game early.
Porter tripled again in the fourth as part of a three-hit game for the Vikings, who improved to 8-11 with the win.
Ohnmacht and Drennen had two hits each to lead the Trojans, who fell to 0-9 on the season.