Toronto Heading To State Baseball Championship

Photo by Joe Catullo Toronto’s Nate Karaffa fires a throw to first base during Friday’s state semifinal game in Akron. The Red Knights won the contest and will play for the state championship on Sunday.

From staff reports

AKRON — The Toronto baseball team will play for a state championship on Sunday.

The Red Knights earned a spot in the Division IV championship game with a 8-0 win over Antwerp on Friday night at Canal Park in Akron.

The start of the game was delayed for more than 90 minutes by a Divison I semifinal between Cleveland St. Ignatius and Hilliard Darby going a tournament record 13 innings.

Once the game got started, Zac Berger opened the scoring in the top of the second with a RBI single to make it 1-0.

Brendan Matyas stole third base and scored on an error in the top of the third, then Nate Karaffa doubled and scored on another error to push the lead to 3-0.

Berger led off the top of the fourth with a single, then scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

Karaffa hit a bases-clearing triple with two out in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 7-0 lead, then a two-out, RBI single by Nick Sninchak pushed the advantage to 8-0.

AJ Clegg continued his strong tournament with a complete game shutout, fanning seven batters.

The Red Knights (26-5), ranked sixth in the final AP Poll, will face No. 4 Jeromesville Hillsdale (23-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the state championship.

American Legion

Steubenville 10, Wheeling 9

STEUBENVILLE — One night after earning a walk-off win over Steubenville Post 33, Wheeling Post 1 suffered a walk-off defeat at the hands of the same team on Friday.

Wheeling garnered four runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure a four-run lead only to see it evaporate in a five-run bottom half as Post 33 chalked up the win.

Hunter Kelly paced Post 1 with two singles and a double and Dom Gorence turned in a double, a single and three RBI.

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