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BASEBALL: Wildcats Claim 3rd Straight Title

May 5, 2013
By FRED YOUNCE, For the News-Register , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

STEUBENVILLE - New season, new OVAC class, same result for Edison.

Behind a strong pitching performance from Ryan Kramarich, and a trio of early runs, the Wildcats claimed its third OVAC baseball title in a row, 3-1, against Cambridge Saturday at Vaccaro Field. This year's 5A crown goes with last season's 4A title, and a 3A crown from two years ago.

"It feels good," Edison coach Mike Collopy said. "We never set that out as one of our goals. We just try to get better every day.

"We had the opportunity to win it, and obviously we didn't turn it down. I told these guys they worked their tail off to put themselves in this situation, and it wasn't about anything else than but just going out and getting it done."

Kramarich struck out four, surrendered six hits and gave up one run in seven innings. He pitched out of several jams, and was backed up by some strong defense.

"He stepped up, he threw strikes, kept them off balance, and we made the plays behind him when we needed to,'' Collopy said.

Edison manufactured its first run in game's opening frame courtesy the legs of Josh Pasek. Pasek drew a one-out walk, drew a wild pick-off throw, allowing the speedy Pasek to round all the way to third base. He then crossed on a passed ball to make the score 1-0 Wildcats.

Edison produced its next run in the second inning. Storm Allese singled, advanced to second base on a Dylan Glasure sacrifice bunt, and to third on a Chance Wilkin groundout to third. Austin Horan then made the score 2-0 with an RBI single.

Cambridge cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third off the bat of pitcher Ben Standiford. Standiford singled home Trevor Wilkinson, who reached on a walk, to cut the lead to one.

The Wildcats answered right back in the bottom of the frame. Nolan Marcus reached on an one-out single, and then took second on an errant throw in from left field. Alec Jones then connected for his second double of the game, this one driving home Marcus to make the score 3-1 Edison.

"We had some aggressive base running that paid off," Collopy said. "We had some timely hits. Alec Jones and Austin Horan each had a big hit, and we were able to scratch out a run on a wild pitch."

The Bobcats threatened in the top of the seventh with two on and one down, but Kramarich proceeded to sit down the final two batters on strikes to set off the Edison celebration.

"We've got a great baseball team," Cambridge coach Dave Gray said. "We've struggled here at the end putting the ball in play with runners in scoring position, and this is what happens.

"We left 11 guys on base in crucial situations, we had first and third here in the seventh, and we don't get a big hit."

The Wildcats moved to 17-3 on the year and look to keep things rolling Monday when they travel to East Liverpool.

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