Bauer dom­i­nates in Tribe vic­tory

Evan Shawver fans 12 as bats come alive in third in­ning

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Marissa McNees

Amherst ad­vanced to its fifth-straight dis­trict fi­nal ap­pear­ance with a 4-1 win over South­west­ern Con­fer­ence foe Olm­sted Falls on May 16.

The top-seeded Comets ad­vance to the dis­trict fi­nal May 17 at the Pipe Yard in Lo­rain and will face the win­ner of No. 3 Elyria-No. 2 St. Ed­ward.

The Comets were once again led by start­ing pitcher Evan Shawver (8-0) who struck out 12 bat­ters over six in­nings in what has be­come the norm for the hard-throw­ing lefty.

Shawver en­tered the game with a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach than usual and came out throw­ing his pun­ish­ing curve ball hop­ing to rat­tle Olm­sted Falls early. He used 13 pitches to strike out the side in the first in­ning and the Bull­dogs couldn’t set­tle in the rest of the game.

“A lot of teams, af­ter they see my high (num­ber of) strike­outs, they try to get ahead on my first-pitch fast­ball so they don’t get down in the count for my off-speed, but to­day I kind of mixed it up, started off with my off-speed first to try to get (Olm­sted Falls) mixed up on my pitches,” Shawver said.

Amherst (23-4) started a bit slow at the plate, but with Shawver deal­ing, no game is out of reach.

With one out in the bot­tom of the third, Jake Hart reached base on an er­ror and the next five Comets recorded hits to take a 4-0 lead.

Shawver has yet to give up an earned run this sea­son and en­tered the game with a 39-in­ning score­less streak, so with a four-run lead he and his team­mates were con­fi­dent they could ride that the rest of the way de­spite Olm­sted Falls be­ing one of the bet­ter hit­ting teams in the area.

“Af­ter we get up I let (the op­po­nent) put the ball in play but I still try to throw strikes be­cause that’s most im­por­tant,” Shawver said. “But I trust my back up ev­ery­where, my whole team.”

“That was a great in­ning for us,” Amherst coach Matt Rosi­tano added. “We ex­e­cuted ... and when you give Evan a four-run lead you feel pretty good as a coach.”

Olm­sted Falls (16-7) man­aged three hits all game, in­clud­ing two dou­bles, and did all it could in prac­tice to pre­pare for Shawver af­ter he set the Amherst sin­gle-game strike­out record (19) against the Bull­dogs early in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“I’m the only lefty coach so the other day I put the Lscreen about 10 feet away and I threw as hard as I can,” head coach Todd Ur­ban said. “I can barely pick my arm up to­day. I was throw­ing them curve balls, off speed, as fast as I could throw. That’s the only thing that can kind of sim­u­late when a kid’s throw­ing in the 90s and has a pretty nasty curve ball.

“He’s tough. We’ve faced him since he was a fresh­man and he’s one of the best in the state.”

Nate Causey took the loss for Olm­sted Falls, al­low­ing four runs (two earned) off seven hits with six strike­outs and a walk, while Brett Asado­rian, Teddy Grendzyn­ski and Sully Kil­bane each had a hit for the Bull­dogs.

Shawver’s score­less streak ended at 44 in­nings when Grendzyn­ski hit a ground ball to score Kyle Hu­menik who reached on an er­ror with one out in the top of the sixth.

“The thing I like most about (Shawver’s) per­for­mance to­day was only one walk in the seventh in­ning,” Rosi­tano said. “He didn’t give Olm­sted Falls free bases, he made them earn it.”

Pi­o­neers fall in semis

In its first sea­son back in the Lo­rain Dis­trict af­ter play­ing in Strongsville the past two sea­sons, St. Ed­ward is play­ing for a dis­trict ti­tle, beat­ing Elyria, 7-5, in a semi­fi­nal May 16 at the Pipe Yard.

The Ea­gles broke a 5-5 tie in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning when an er­ror scored the go-ahead run with two outs. Joe Horoszko hit an RBI sin­gle the next at-bat to add some in­sur­ance for sec­ond-seeded St. Ed­ward (226) and the Pi­o­neers were un­able to an­swer in their last chance at the plate.

No. 3 Elyria (16-13) was in the best po­si­tion it could hope for to score some runs and get back in the game with 2-3-4 up to bat in the seventh. The Pi­o­neers had got­ten their lead-off man on base in five of six in­nings to that point but failed to rally against re­liever Spencer Marinac.

The Pi­o­neers came back to tie the score twice over the course of the game.

St. Ed­ward used four hits and a pair of walks to jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the first in­ning be­fore Elyria chipped away and even­tu­ally made it 3-3 head­ing into the third.

The Ea­gles re­gained the lead with a two-run fourth in­ning, but Elyria did not go away qui­etly.

Tris­tan Arno and Noah France hit RBI dou­bles in the fifth and sixth in­nings, re­spec­tively, to once again tie the game and give the Pi­o­neers a chance be­fore dis­as­ter struck in the home half of the sixth.

Arno led Elyria at the plate, go­ing a per­fect 3-for-3 with two dou­bles, two RBI and a walk while Hunter Os­borne and Max Pey­ton had multi-hit games as well.

Chris Willis took the loss in re­lief for the Pi­o­neers, throw­ing two in­nings of one-hit base­ball, giv­ing up two runs, none of which were earned, and strik­ing out two.

St. Ed­ward ad­vances to face top-seeded Amherst (234) in the dis­trict fi­nal May 17 at the Pipe Yard.

JEN FOR­BUS — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Amherst ad­vances to face St. Ed­ward for the Lo­rain Dis­trict ti­tle on May 17. Amherst pitcher Evan Shawver throws against Olm­sted Falls on May 16.

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