Dennis Hurls River Past Unbeaten Shadyside
SHADYSIDE — Carter Dennis is an all-Ohio football player three times over. The River High senior is also a gem on the baseball diamond.
Dennis turned in a sharp route-going mound effort Wednesday, handing Shadyside its initial loss of the season by a 5-3 count. The gritty righthander scattered eight hits, fanned a pair while issuing no walks. He was touched for two runs in the first and an unearned tally in the seventh.
“Carter pitched a gutsy game. He threw a lot of strikes, got ahead of hitters and hit his spots,” first-year River coach Tim Blue said. “He beat an awfully good baseball team tonight. They beat us 2-1 on Monday.
“We like to limit our pitchers to 55 pitches. Carter was already four over that going into the last inning,” he added. “But I know what type of competitor Carter is. I looked into his eyes and there was no way I way taking him out. He was exceptional.”
Dennis’s performance also drew the praise of Shadyside skipper Shawn Selmon.
“Dennis pitched a terrific game. He threw a lot of strikes,” Selmon noted. “We didn’t hit it well. That is a tribute to him.”
River pushed across a run in the first inning, nary a hit. The Tigers dropped two fly balls in the outfield, producing a run.
Shadyside responded immediately, plating a pair of runners in the home half of the first.
Starting pitcher Rhys Francis doubled and scored on a double by Mason Vannest. The junior standout subsequently scored on a Pilot error.
River took the lead for good via a three-spot in the third inning.
With one out, Jake Rose drew a base on balls followed by a Dennis single. Two successive hit-batters forced in a run. After a strikeout, River Thompson delivered an RBI single before another beaned batter climaxed the frame.
The Blue boys added an insurance run in the seventh. Rose singled and scored on a Dennis double.
Shadyside didn’t go quietly.
The Tigers staged an uprising in the bottom of the seventh. Grant Miller reached on an error. Tyler Stottlemeyer followed with a single. After a popout, senior Jordan Joseph hit into a fielder’s choice, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Dennis, however, ended the Orange comeback hopes by inducing a popout to first base.
River improved to 2-1 on the campaign, coming off a win over Beallsville 24 hours prior.
“This is a big win for us. It is a nice confidence booster, beating a quality team like Shadyside,” Blue said. “They beat us twice in football and they eliminated us in boys basketball. So it was nice to be able to beat them the second time around in baseball.
“Monday’s game with them was a battle. Both teams fought hard,” he continued. “I am proud of our team’s effort tonight. We played really well.”
River had only had five hits but made the most of Shadyside’s fielding miscues and mound wildness. Dennis led the way with a single and double.
Francis went the first five innings for Shadyside. He struck out nine, walked two and surrendered just three hits. Freshman Ben Wach made his season mound debut an impressive one. Wach struck out two in two innings of relief.
“We didn’t hit the ball well again tonight. We haven’t all year. We haven’t shaken that bug yet,” Selmon said. “I don’t like losing but I can deal with it. But I get upset when we make mental errors like running ourselves out of innings and giving up unearned runs.
“I thought Ben did a real nice job for his first pitching outing of the year,” he added. “River did the things they needed to do to win the game. My hat’s off to them.”
Vannest led the Tiger attack with two singles and a double.
Beaver Local 13, Edison 12
RICHMOND — It took extra innings but Beaver Local pulled out a narrow victory over Edison.
Matt Parsons homered, tallied two singles and drove in three RBI for Edison, while teammate Ian McBane garnered three singles and a pair of RBI.
Steubenville Catholic 6
Indian Creek 1
STEUBENVILLE — Ryan Anderson recorded two singles and a RBI, while Alex Solema provided a hit and two RBI as Steubenville Catholic upended Indian Creek.
Connor Shultz paced the Redskins with two hits.
St. Clairsville 12, Martins Ferry 0
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Red Devils scored early and often en route to completing the season sweep of the Purple Riders.
The Red Devils received a sterling pitching effort from Luke Jozwiak, who fanned four and issued nary a walk in a complete-game effort.
Freshman Braylen Blomquist continued to swing a hot bat. He had three singles and a like number of RBI. Senior Will Balgo had a single and two RBI, while Jozwiak helped his own cause with two singles and a RBI. Junior Logan Shields had a double and a RBI.
Martins Ferry 15, St. Clairsville 8
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Maria Clark belted a home run, smacked a pair of singles and drove in five runs as Martins Ferry upended St. Clairsville.
Ava Doyle turned in three hits and two RBI, Hunter Pullock delivered two doubles, a single and a RBI and Danielle Lude added two singles, a double and a RBI.
Rachel Finnacle homered, doubled and singled, while knocking in a pair of runs for the Red Devils, while teammate Dekotah Namack homered, singled and added three RBI.
Monroe Central 10, Barnesville 4
BARNESVILLE — Liz Roderick had a single, triple and a RBI and Kalista Friday had a double as Monroe Central downed Barnesville.
The Shamrocks were led by Maddie Schafer and Emmy Gibbons. Each had two hits.
Shadyside 17, Bridgeport 0
SHADYSIDE — The Tigers scored early and often en route to a convincing victory over winless Bridgeport.
The Tigers’ offense, which pounded out 12 hits, was led by Bella Honeywell, who had two singles, a home run and four RBI. Kylie Jo Baker had a home run, double and three RBI. Gentry Brown drove in two runs with a double and Rylie Fulton also doubled home a run.
Shadyside 17, Beallsville 14
SHADYSIDE — The Tigers completed the sweep of their split doubleheader by outlasting the Blue Devils in a game that featured four home runs.
The Tigers offense was again fueled by Honeywell, who had a home run, single and four RBI. Tory Hendershot hit a solo home run. Taylor Fulton had a two-run home run.
Sophomore Gentry Brown drove in two runs with a single. Mary Smith had two doubles and two RBI. Baker had two doubles and a RBI.
Beallsville was led by Makenna Phillips, who had a home run, single and two RBI.
Harrison Central 31
East Liverpool 1
EAST LIVERPOOL — Harrison Central pounded out 29 hits and took advantage of nine Potters errors en route to a lopsided victory.
The Huskies were led at the plate by Brit Positano, who had five singles, a double and seven RBI. Maddy Butler had three singles, a double and three RBI. Lexi Ferguson added two singles, a triple and three RBI.
Lizzy Clelland had four singles and two RBI.