Martins Ferry's Purple Riders scored the go-ahead run on a fifth inning balk call in a 4-3 Thursday afternoon victory over invading Harrison Central high atop the Purple City.
Ferry improved to 12-11 under skipper Anthony Reasbeck. The Riders received a complete game mound outing from Seth Scott who recorded five strikeouts and five walks.
Harrison Central's Ryan Rose also turned in a sharp performance on the hill, allowing but five hits. Rose racked up 11 strikeouts and issued four walks.
Sophomore outfielder TJ Jacob doubled and accounted for two Ferry runs. Oberdick tripled in the fifth and eventually scored the game-winning run via the balk call. Robert Vargo contributed a single and run batted in.
Harrison Central's Rashaen Mitchell singled twice and drove in one. Nick Pelegreen drilled a double and scored a teammate.
Martins Ferry was scheduled to welcome Meadowbrook this afternoon.
Bellaire 9, Indian Creek 1
AT Bellaire, the Big Reds put together one of their most complete outings of the season in a decisive victory over Indian Creek.
Bellaire's Nick Patrone was on top of his game, spinning a complete game two-hitter for the win. Patrone struck out 12 Redskin hitters and issued a pair of walks.
At the plate, Patrone unloaded home run and drove in three runs. Nathan Steele and Tyler Ramsay contributed two hits and a run batted in. Tyler West and Hunter Westlake slugged a single and double. Dom Vinka singled for a run batted in. Brendon Ross also contributed an RBI.
Now 11-13, Bellaire next plays Tuesday at Steubenville Central.
River 8, Valley 1
AT Hannibal, River's Chad Isaly stopped the Lumberjacks on four hits. Isaly struck out seven and walked three.
Kam Brown totaled three Pilot RBIs via two singles. Cody Caldwell and Logan Lucas each contributed a base hit and run batted in.
The now 6-12 Pilots were scheduled to play at Buckeye Trail this afternoon.
Monroe Central 13, Caldwell 6
AT Woodsfield, the Seminoles completed a two-game sweep of Caldwell, having prevailed on the Redskins' diamond 24 hours earlier.
Starter Evan Blackstone struck out two and walked four before Bryan Duffy entered in the third and recorded the win. Duffy fanned one and walked a like number.
Monroe's Evan Ward clubbed a three-run homer in the Noles' third inning. Tanner Burkhart, meanwhile, highlighted an eight-run sixth frame with a bases-loaded triple. Kordell Antill singled and doubled for two runs batted in. Jacob Black singled twice and also knocked in two teammates.
Monroe (12-9) plays host to Saturday's Muxie's World Gym Classic, a three-team affair at Woodsfield featuring the Semoniles, River and St. John Central. First game action begins at 11 a.m. with River opposing St. John's. At approximately 2:00, the Irish and Monroe Central vie. In the 4:30 finale, River battles Monroe Central. Admission at the gate is $2 and includes all three games.
St. Clairsville 10, Wheeling Park 9
AT WHEELING, St. Clairsville watched a six-run lead evaporate only to overcome a three-run deficit itself for a 10-9 victory against now struggling Wheeling Park Thursday evening.
Nate Teater, who had a grand slam in a win against Cameron on Wednesday, drove in the game-winning run on a two-run single against the Pats. Turner Provost had a single and three RBI.
Lewis Mitchell and Zuke Jacob each had a RBI?single.
Union Local 4, Barnesville 3
AT Morristown, host UL broke a 3-3 tie, scoring what proved the game-winning run in the bottom of the third inning.
UL's Eric Dunfee worked the route, firing a complete game four-hitter. Dunfee struck out five and issued three walks. Auston Hannahs and David Stewart combined for two Ks and two walks for the Green.
The Jets' Brandon Winesickle doubled and drove in three teammates. Tristan Bruce belted a triple and single. Justin Riley rapped two singles. Dunfee donated a single and run batted in.
Hannahs hammered two singles and drove home a Shamrocks' tally.
Toronto 13, Bridgeport 3
AT Toronto, the Red Knights closed out invading Bridgeport in a six inning contest.
Tyler Owens fired a six-hitter for the mound triumph. Owens struck out eight and allowed but one walk. Bridgeport's Bradley Pritchett and Colt Charlton totaled one K and 11 walks.
Owens aided his cause at the plate, compiling three singles. Nate Stewart contributed a pair of base knocks. Bridgeport's Bailey McGrath collected a pair of singles.
Jefferson County Christian 5,
St. John Central 3
AT Neffs, visiting Jefferson County Christian broke a 2-2 deadlock by scoring three times in the top of the sixth. The winners' Chris Brown belted three singles and drove in two runs. Christian Brown contributed a base hit and RBI.
The Irish received hits from Jacob Jones, Jonathan Bossell and Lance Williams. Mason Kull drove in a St. John's run. On the mound, Brycen Murray chalked up seven strikeouts.
St. John's next particpates in Saturday's Muxie's World Gym Classic at Monroe Central.
The Irish oppose River (11 a.m.) followed by Monroe Central (2 p.m.).