COLUMBIA STATION — Midview North Cavanaugh Electric battery mates Dustin Crum and Alec Forrer carried their team to an 11-0 mercy-rule win the Sheffield Lake Steelers Sunday to claim the third and final Class G (age 12) district championship.
Crum tossed a one-hitter, striking out nine, and helped his cause with a double and a triple, while Forrer smacked a home run and a triple in addition to thwarting two steal attempts by the Steelers in the top of the fifth inning to help preserve the shutout.
“Our boys were very relaxed today,” said Cavanaugh manager Ted Liserio. “We lost the county championship game the other day. It was nice for a good team like us to bounce back from that loss with a solid win as we had today.”
Dylan Brister’s opposite field (right field) triple with two out in the bottom of the first inning got the champions rolling before Forrer smacked a two-run homer to deep left field. Daniel Haight followed with a single and went to second on an error before a fielder’s choice put a halt to the rally.
“I took a swing at the pitch because it was one that I wanted to hit,” said Forrer. “I knew what I had to do to get us going.”
Mickey O’Neil led off the third with Sheffield Lake’s lone hit, an opposite field single to left. From there, Crum surrendered two of his three walks to load the bases. But, all went for naught as Crum fanned the next three hitters, including the last two on called strikes.
Cavanaugh tacked on four runs in the bottom of the third. Brister, Forrer and Crum had doubles during the uprising, which was aided by an error, a balk and three stolen bases.
Crum finished his four innings of work by setting the Steelers down in order in the top of the fourth, including called strikeouts for the second and third outs.
“I kept my fastball low and hit my spots today,” said Crum, who finished with nine strikeouts, six of the called variety. “Our defense also kept us in this game.”
The champions put the game in the win column with five funs with two out in the bottom of the fourth. A three-base error brought in the first two runs before the other three scored on a single, a double and a triple.
Brister came in to pitch in the top of the fifth and walked Sheffield Lake’s leadoff batter, who was caught stealing. After a strikeout, Brister issued a second walk before Forrer gunned him down to put Cavanaugh Electric into a regional semifinal against the Canton Bulldogs on Saturday at 3 p.m.
“Overall, this was a very solid win for us,” said Liserio. “Dustin’s pitching and Alec’s framing those pitches definitely were key to the final outcome. Our hitting and base running also were excellent as was our defense.”
Sheffield Lake manager Bill Dobbins said his team ran into a team that was ready to play.
“They (Cavanaugh Electric) came ready to hit,” said Dobbins. “They hit our best pitcher and are a good group of players.”
Comm Stars wins with small ball
Grafton Comm Star had nine hits, all singles, in its 12-6 win over the Lorain Yankees in a second round regional game for Class GG (age 11).
“We want to put the ball in play and make our opponents make the mistakes,” said Comm Star manager Ken Vance. “Pitching and solid defense are our strengths.”
A sacrifice fly and an error gave Comm Star a 2-0 lead after one and a half innings. The Yankees cut the lead in half with two out in the bottom of the second inning.
Not to be denied, the winners scored five runs in the top of the third. They needed just three hits as a walk, two errors, a passed ball, and four stolen bases helped fuel the rally for a 7-2 lead.
The Yankees scored single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings before Comm Star upped its lead to 10-4 with three runs in the top of the sixth.
After the Yankees scored of the sixth, the winners put their final two runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh to advance to a regional semifinal against the Columbia Raiders/Modern Mold on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
“It was nice to see us battle back after they (the Yankees) took away some of our momentum,” said Vance. “They’ve probably been our toughest opponent this season as we won both of our regular-season games against them with close wins.”
Yankees manager Ralph Berrios said his boys lost to a very nice team.
“We lost to a good, well-coached team,” said Berrios. “This was a game between the two top teams in the league and was unfortunate that one has to exit the tournament this early.”
Class G (age 12)
- Midview North Cavanaugh Electric 11, Sheffield Lake Steelers 0
Regional second-round games
Class HH (age 9)
- Grafton Midview Mayhem 12, Wellington Screaming Eagles 1
- Olmsted Falls Bulldogs 15, Buckeye GPM 8
- North Ridgeville Gladiators 20, Midview North Specialscapes Inc. 7
- Medina Swarm 16, Buckeye Tonio’s Pizza 5
Class GG (age 11)
- South Amherst Cavaliers 6, Medina Indians 4
- Midview North Ross Environmental 17, North Ridgeville Family Dentistry 15
- Grafton Comm Star 12, Lorain Yankees 6
- Col Raiders/Modern Mold 10, Columbia Cubs Morgan Trucking 4
Class EE (Ages 15-16)
- Southeast Edhnberg 4, Ravenna Ravens 3
- New London Eagles 3, Plain Midland Title 1
- Massillon 4, Sheffield Mac’s Auto 1
- Midview North Redwood 10, South Amherst Firelands Quarry Monsters 0
- Lorain Titans 17, Lake Blue Streaks 7
Class E (ages 15-18)
- Midview Pickering Hills 12, Medina Rockhounds 3
- Alliance William Penn 16, JA Garfield 5