CAMBRIDGE - Ryan Rosnick had a visitor in his classroom Monday morning at Monroe Central.
Less than 48 hours after throwing over 125 pitches in an eight-inning complete game against Martins Ferry in the Division III sectional opener, Kordell Antill did his best Jimmy Chitwood impersonation when he delivered a message to his coach.
"I wanted (the ball) in my hands," Antill said.
St. Clairsville’s Michael Jacob waits for the throw as Monroe Central’s Peter Frontz runs toward the bag during Wednesday’s game.
Rosnick took his ace at his word and handed him the ball for Wednesday's sectional game against St. Clairsville inside City Park at Don Coss Field.
"It's kind of hard when it's a senior, who's had a lot of success, not to give him the ball when he really wants it," Rosnick said.
After shaking off a rough start, Antill settled in and delivered in a big way - both with his arm and his bat- as the Seminoles eliminated the two-time defending district champion St. Clairsville Red Devils, 6-3.
Antill and the Seminoles actually spotted the Red Devils a 3-0 lead. St. C. pushed across single runs in the first, third and fourth.
The Devils missed a golden opportunity in the first. They strung three consecutive hits together to start the game, but a double was taken out of the book after the runner missed first base.
They also had a runner picked off of first before Antill escaped without further damage.
The Seminoles, who had just two base runners in the first four innings, got it going in the fifth, taking advantage of a trio of Devils' errors.
Catcher Ethan Groves raced home with the first run after he stole third and the throw hit the bag and ricocheted into foul territory. Alertly, Seth Alleman moved up 90 feet when the ball was booted by a Devils' defender.
St. C. starting pitcher Brandon Carrothers struck out the next hitter, but No. 9 hitter Brian Duffy singled home Alleman.
Antill worked the count in his favor and took a hanging curve ball deep into the Cambridge afternoon for a 2-run home run, putting the Seminoles on top and chasing Carrothers.
All told in the inning, the Seminoles scored four runs and took advantage of three Red Devils' miscues.
The Seminoles added two insurance runs in the sixth when Tanner Burkhart singled, moved up on a wild pitch and then stole third. He was promptly driven in by Jacob Black on a base hit. He later scored on a wild pitch.
St. Clairsville had just two base runners after Monroe Central took the lead.
Antill finished with five strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter, but plunked one. He allowed eight hits.
The victory earns Monroe Central (17-10) a return trip to Guernsey County on Friday for a rubbermatch against Fort Frye with the survivor advancing to the district championship game next week in Warsaw.