Irish JVís Upend Shamrocks 6-5 in Crosstown Rivalry Game
April 18 ~ Dublin - The Irish JVís earned their 4th victory in a row today by defeating crosstown rival Dublin Coffman in a thrilling nail biting game 6-5. Coffman opened up a 2-0 lead by scoring two single runs in each of the first two innings. However, in the 3rd inning, with one out, Logan McCarthy singled and Nate Torski walked and both were plated by Oscar Leyvaís double which tied the game at 2-2. Josh Vogel drove in Leyva with a single to centerfield giving Scioto their first lead. Vogel promptly stole second base and then was driven in by Owen Kubalakís RBI single to push the lead to 4-2. The score remained at 4-2 until the home half of the 6th inning when Coffman tied the score at 4-4 by scoring 2 unearned runs. The Irish staggered from the previous inning after a defensive lapse seemed deflated, but, they were not to be denied. With one out in the 7th inning, Logan McCarthy singled and Nate Torski walked. After a strike out, SS Josh Vogel lined a sharp single to centerfield. The Coffman centerfielder made a strong throw that was just a little up the 1st base line which allowed McCarthy to just score with a headfirst slide as the catcher dove to try to make the tag play. The ball became dislodged from catcherís glove as he tried to tag out McCarthy and rolled toward the Coffman dugout and the speedy Torski kept running on the play and was able to score all the way from first base giving the Irish a 6-4 lead heading to the bottom of the 7th. Carter Brown (2-1) got the first batter to ground out to Vogel and then Coffmanís next two hitters collected a single and double giving the Rocks runners on second and third with only one out. Brown then enticed another ground out to SS Vogel and the base runner on third for Coffman scored cutting the Irish lead to 6-5 with the base runner advancing to only 90 feet away. On the very first pitch to the next Coffman batter, he laced a line drive that Carter Brown snagged ending the game thus giving this hard fought victory to the Irish. Brown pitched a complete game scattering 10 Coffman hits and striking out six batters. The win moves the Irish overall record to 6-3.
McCarthy Scores Game Winner to Sweep Westerville North
April 17 ~ Dublin - Pinch runner Logan McCarthy scored the game winner after Jake Schafer broke up a play at first base giving the Irish a 6-5 win and a sweep over Westerville North in OCC action. With the score tied 5-5, Ryan Keel opened the 7th inning with a base on balls. Coach Carpenter made the base running switch entering McCarthy and then on the next pitch, Bradley Dinan executed his third sacrifice bunt of the day moving McCarthy into scoring position. Schafer's ground ball was fielded by the Warrior shortstop, but the throw was wide causing the first baseman to leave the bag. As the first baseman was trying to tag Schafer, the ball was jarred loose after contact allowing the winning run to score.
Sophomore Clint Conner was handed the "rock" to start the game and pitched five complete innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and striking out five. He was relived heading into the 6th inning, which was the same inning the Warriors tied the score at 5-5. Trevor Jones came in relief and shut down the Warriors and ended up collecting the win with only two innings of mound work.
The Irish got scoring help from seven Warrior errors and some timely hits. They carded three runs in the 2nd inning and two more 5th. Of the seven Irish hits on the evening, Spencer Talentino singled in his first two at bats; Matthew Messick doubled to left field and Conner tripled to the left field fence. Seniors Andrew McKinley and Dinan had the other two hits and each collected an RBI. The Irish host the Dublin Coffman Rocks on Friday in the annual cross town rivalry and then host Delaware Hayes on Saturday with a double header.
JV Irish Big Inning Defeat Westerville North 10-4
April 17 ~ Westerville - The Irish JVís defeated Westerville North today by a score of 10-4 pounding out 14 hits in this OCC conference game. Josh Vogel and Nate Torski led the offensive attack by collecting 3 hits apiece. Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the 3rd inning, Scioto plated 9 runs getting two key 2 out hits from Jake Bradley and Lucas Nau who both scored two runs in the contest. Andrew Magno started on the hill for the Irish and pitched 2.66 innings and ran into some control problems by walking five Wildcat hitters but also collected 6 Kís during his stint. Freshman Ryan Crow (1-0) relieved Magno in the 3rd inning ending a bases loaded jam by coaxing the hitter to ground out to 2B Oscar Leyva ending the threat maintaining an Irish 9-4 lead. Crow pitched a total of 3.33 innings surrendering only 2 hits, 1 BB and 2 strike outs. Scioto picked up an insurance run in the 4th to stretch the lead to 10-4 and Josh Vogel closed down the game by pitching the final inning. The win is the JVís third victory in a row raising their record to 5-3 overall 3-2 in league play. The Irish travel to Coffman tomorrow for a neighborhood rivalry game with the ďRocks.Ē
Varisty Irish Lose 6-5 in 10 Inning Thriller
April 16 ~ Westerville - The Dublin Scioto Irish traveled to Westerville again this week to face off with the Westerville South Wildcats in an OCC showdown. After 10 innings and near darkness, the Wildcats pushed the willing run across the plate for their first OCC victory of 2014. The Irish loss puts our squad at 1-3 in the OCC and 3-6 overall.
Senior Jake Schafer got the start and pitched early into the 6th inning allowing four runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and striking out four Wildcats. He was relived by Max O'Connell, who pitched three innings allowing one run on one hit and striking our four. Jack Suich relieved O'Connell to start the 9th inning and started the 10th before being relived by Matthew Messick. The Wildcats got their winning run after their leadoff batter was hit by a pitch, with the next two batters being walked. Finally, with bases loaded another Wildcat was hit by a pitch forcing in the winning run.
The Irish put themselves in a hole early allowing the Wildcats an unearned run in the 1st inning. They came back in the 4th inning by scoring two runs from Clint Conner and Jake Carpenter. Conner reached on a base on balls and Carpenter's bunt single moved him to second base. This was the second of his two hits. Trevor Jones bunted the pair one additional base and put them in scoring position. Conner scored on an Andrew McKinley infield grounder and Carpenter on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, the Wildcats answered with two more runs in the bottom of the 4th to retake the lead. The Wildcats plated two more runs in the 6th to set up the Irish comeback in the top of the 7th. With the Irish down 5-2 and only three outs remaining, McKinley and Spencer Talentino reached with walks followed by Bradley Dinan being hit by a pitch to load the bases. Messick got an RBI with a walk, followed by a Suich fielder's choice to knock in the second run. Dinan scored the tying run off a Ryan Keel grounder. The score remained 5-5 until the bottom of the 10th inning.
The Irish's best chance to win the game came in with two outs when McKinley reached on an error and was moved to second on a Talentino single to left field. Dinan then also singled to left, which allowed Coach Carpeneter to try to grab a lead by sending McKinley home. The Wildcat left fielder threw a strike to his catcher tagging McKinley just before crossing the plate. The Irish host Westerville North on Thursday. This is an OCC make-up game from Monday.
Irish JV Edge Wildcats 2-1 in OCC Action
April 16 ~ Dublin - The Dublin Scioto Irish defeated the Westerville South Wildcats today 2-1 in a tightly contested OCC league game in Dublin. Freshman pitcher Jake Schmidt (0-0) started on the mound and pitched 3 strong innings giving up only one unearned run surrendering no hits and fanning 3. Scioto opened the scoring in the 1st inning as Nate Torski and Oscar Leyva opened the game with consecutive singles and both runners advanced to second and third base with two outs. Owen Kubalak then lined a single to leftfield driving home Torski to give the Irish a 1-0 lead. Freshman pitcher, Weston Talentino (1-0) then replaced Schmidt and in the 4th inning and was aided by a great unassisted double play by SS Josh Vogel to keep the score tied 1-1. With Wildcat base runners on first and third and one out, Vogel speared a line drive and tagged out the base runner from first base that was attempting to steal to end the rally. The Irish regained the lead an inning later when Carter Brown walked, stole second and scored on a throwing error by the Wildcat third baseman to give Scioto a 2-1 lead through four innings. But in the 5th inning, Talentino gave up a one out single and with the tying run on first base, he promptly coaxed the batter to hit a ground ball to 3B Carter Brown who threw to 2B Oscar Leyva who turned an inning ending double play keeping the Irish lead at 2-1 thus giving him his first pitching victory. Josh Vogel pitched a perfect 7th earning his first save on the year and moved the overall Irish record to 4-3 and 2-2 in league play. The Irish travel to Westerville North tomorrow.
Varsity Irish Split Weekend Double Header with Hamilton Township
April 12 ~ Dublin - The varsity squad hosted the Hamilton Township Rangers and split the weekend double header games. The Irish opening their half of the first inning scoring three runs. Unfortunately for senior starter Bradley Dinan (0-1), his Irish teammates had some early miscues that allowed six runs (two earned) to score on only three hits. Reliever Nate Ross had similar luck allowing five runs (four earned)through the 6th inning. Even though the Irish out hit their opponents with 11 hits, they dropped the first game 11-7. The game 1 offense was generated with a double and single from Ryan Keel, Matthew Messick and Jack Suich. Andrew McKinley, Spencer Talentino, Clint Conner, Jake Carpenter and Jake Schafer each collected one hit during the game.
Game 2 was much different for starter Max Callender (1-0) as his Irish teammates scored 12 runs on 13 hits to earn a 12-3 victory. Callender pitched five scoreless innings before being relieved by Max O'Connell and finally by Trevor Jones. Talentino led the offense with a double and two singles. Justin Schafer, McKinley and Suich each added two hits of their own while Messick contributed another double. Keel, Dinan and Jones also singled to help their batting average.
Irish JV Split DH at Hamilton Township
April 12 ~ Hamilton Township - Hamilton Township captured the first game of the double header 2-1 in classic pitcher's duel. Oscar Leyva (0-1) threw 6 innings scattering 5 hits and struck our three Rangers in Game 1. The Irish opend the scoring in the 1st inning as leadoff hitter John Devantier was hit by a pitch and promptly stole second base. With two outs, Owen Kubalak laced a single to center field to give Scioto a 1-0 lead that they held until the 3rd inning. In the home half of 3rd, the Rangers scored two unearned runs while collecting only one hit during the inning and led 2-1 after three innings. The Irish threatened in the next inning when with one out, Andrew Magno walked and Nick Srsic singled. They both advanced to second and third base on a wild pitch. However, JR Marshall then hit a ground ball to the Ranger shortstop, who tagged Srsic moving to third base and threw out Marshall ending the Irish threat. The Irish bats went silent the rest of the way, which gave the Rangers a hard fought 2-1 victory.
In the nightcap, the Irish bats were able to come alive as they won game 2 by pounding out 17 hits defeating the Rangers by a 13-4 score. Josh Vogel led the team offensively by going 4-5 and scoring three runs for the game. Junior Nate Torski collected three hits (2 doubles) and also had 6 RBIs in the contest. Kubalak also added three hits to the hitting spree and had three RBIs. Junior Nick Hilmoe (1-0) starting his first game on the mound pitched 5.33 innings giving up only five hits, 3 K's and did not walk a batter. The victory evened the JV record at 3-3 for the season as they return to OCC league play next Monday at Westerville North.
Jake Schafer Pitches Complete Game Victory over Warriors
April 11 ~ Westerville - After another bus breakdown, the Irish finally arrived at Westerville North to face the Warriors in an OCC showdown. Senior Jake Schafer got the start on the mound and pitched a complete game allowing only one earned run and striking out five batters. To top off his pitching performance, Schafer also singled in two of the team's three runs in the 4th inning to take the lead for good over the host team. The win moved the varsity record to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the OCC.
The Irish had five hits on the evening, who were led by Senior Matthew Messick's two singles. Four of the five hits were collected with two outs in the 4th inning. The two out rally started with a Messick single to right field followed by Clint Conner's single and Ryan Keel's base on balls toad the bases. Schafer knocked in two runs with his single. After Jake Carpenter walked to reload the bases, Andrew McKinley's bat stayed hot as he singled in what turned out to be the winning run. Messick singled again in the 5th and moved around the bases scoring on a balk to close out the scoring at 4-2.
Irish JVs Return to Winning Ways by Defeating Westerville North 10-4
April 11 ~ Dublin - The Scioto JV Irish defeated Westerville North today in an OCC game 10-4 evening their season record at 2-2. Andrew Magno (1-0) making his debut on the mound pitched five innings allowing only one run while scattering four hits and striking out five Warrior batters. Freshman JR Marshall pitched the final two innings securing the game for the Irish. Marshall also fanned two in his two inning stint.
Scioto collected 13 hits for the game and was led by Carter Brown, who had three hits and three RBIs which included a two run double. The double expanded the Irish lead to 10-1. John Devantier, Nate Torski, Owen Kubalak and Magno each collected two hits apiece for the contest. The JV squad travels to Hamilton Township tomorrow for a double header starting at noon before returning to league play next Monday at Westerville North.
Host Warhawks Spoil Varsity Irish Visit
April 10 ~ Westerville - The Westerville Central pitching staff continued their trend on Thursday just like they left off Wednesday by not allowing the Dublin Scioto Irish cross the plate. The Warhawks defeated the Irish by a 12-0 score where the Irish were only able to collect two hits on the evening. Andrew McKinley singled in his first at bat to right field to improve his batting average and Bradley Dinan had a line drive single down the left field line in the third to continue his five game hitting streak.
Clint Conner (0-1) got the start and after a rocky start, he settled down to control the Warhawk offense. He was relieved in the 4th inning by Max O'Connell, who was relieved by Trevor Jones in the 5th inning. The Irish travel to Westerville North on Friday to battle wiith the Warriers with hopes of turning around the slow OCC start. The Irish are 1-4 overall with an 0-2 OCC record.
Warhawks Sweep JV Series defeating Scioto 12-2
April 10 ~ Dublin - Westerville Central defeated Dublin Scioto Irish JVs today with a 12-2 victory sweeping the season series. The Irish and warhawks were in a tightly contested game 2-2 entering the 5th inning, but Central scored 10 runs that inning against a much depleted Irish pitching staff. Trailiung 2-0 enetering the 4th inning, Scioto scored thier first run as Oscar Leyva doubled with one out and advanced to third on JR Marshall's infield single before being driven home off of Carter Brown's fielder's choice. The Irish tied the game one inning later after Nick Srsic singled with one out and advanced to third on a wild pitch and passsed ball. He was driven in by Josh Vogel' who laced a single to center field knotting the game 2-2. Brown started the 5th inning and was relieved by Vogel and then by Nate Torski after he surrendered consecutive singles. Brown (1-1) was very effective pitching into the 5th inning as he gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out two Warhawks. This was his first loss on the year. Torski led the Irish offensively with two hits on the day. The JVs host Westerville North tomorrow at the varsity field.
Varsity Irish Drop OCC Opener
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Dublin - The Irish opened their OCC league season tonight by hosting Westerville Central and the Warhawks left town with a 7-0 victory. The Warhawks pitcher, Austin Sherry pitched a complete game and scattered six Irish hits. The Irish actually had more hits than their opponent but some ill timed fielding miscues made for a difficult evening. Senior Matthew Messick got the start on the mound and only allowed one earned run through four innings. However, by the time he was relieved by Jake Carpenter, the Warhawks had four runs on the scoreboard. Carpenter also only allowed one earned run through two innings, but the scoreboard showed 7 runs on five hits. Max Callender pitched the 7th inning and only faced the minimum three batters. He had two putouts of his own by fielding his position.
The Irish had their chances and the hitting was led by Jack Suich, who collected two singles. Bradley Dinan, Ryan Keel, Clint Conner and Andrew McKinley also singled, but were ultimately stranded on the base path. The Irish travel to Westerville Central on Thursday for a 5:00 start to close out the OCC series between the two teams.
Warhawks defeat Irish in JV OCC Opener 7-4
Wednesday, April 9 ~ Dublin - Westerville Central defeated the Scioto Irish diamond men 7-4 as OCC play opened for both teams. Freshman Jake Schmidt took the diamond for the Irish and went 4.33 innings giving up only two runs and five hits while striking out five Warhawks. Trailing 1-0 entering the the home half of the 2nd inning, Owen Kubalak singled and scored on Nate Torski's RBI triple to deep right field that tied the score. John Devantier then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give the Irish a 2-1 lead through two innings. Scioto added an insurance run in the 3rd inning as Logan McCarthy singled and then scored on Kubalak's two out single. The score remained 3-1 until the top of the 5th as Westerville Central got runners to second and third base with only one out. Josh Vogel relieved Schmidt and the Warhawks successfully applied a suicide squeeze and attempted to advance the base runner from second base. However, Torski after taking the Vogel's throw to get the bunter out at first, threw home to Kubalak, who tagged out the base runner thwarting the double suicide squeeze attempt. The Irish maintained the a 3-2 lead into the 7th inning as the Warhawks opened with two consecutive singles. Anticipating the bunt, the Irish executed a perfect pick-off/rundown situation, but unfortunately the throw hit the baserunner and left the field of play allowing the runner to score to tie the score. With bases loaded, Vogel was able to get the next two batters to pop out. Unfortunately, a hard smash to third base was misplayed giving the Warhawks a 4-3 lead. A bases loaded double then plated three more runs giving the Warhawks a 7-3 lead going into the home half of the 7th inning. Vogel opened the inning with a walk, stole second and scored on Torski's single. Catcher Kubalak led the Irish charge going 3-3 with an RBI. Vogel (0-1) took the loss on the mound with five unearned runs in the th inning. The loss evened the Irish record at 1-1 the they will face the Warhawks again tonight on the Scioto varsity diamond.
Varsity Irish Split Twin Bill with the Olentangy Orange Pioneers
Saturday, April 5 ~ Orange Township - The Irish scored four runs in the top of the 7th inning to take a 5-4 lead and held on for their first win of the 2014 season. Jake Carpenter and Andrew McKinley each singled to start the top of the 7th inning. Spencer Talentino followed with a double to left to score Joshua Vogel, who pinch ran for Carpenter and start the scoring attack. After a base on balls to Bradley Dinan to load the bases, a dropped third strike confused the defense when the Irish started to run. This allowed McKinley to score from third base and close the gap to one run. Jack Suich followed with a single scoring Talentino to tie the score. Clint Conner then singled in Nate Torski, who pinch ran for Dinan for what turned out to be the winning run. The Pioneers threatened in the bottom of the 7th when their leadoff batter was hit by a pitch. At that point, Coach Carpenter called on senior Max O'Connell to relieve Trevor Jones on the mound. O'Connell struck out the next Pioneer, but allowed the leadoff batter to reach third after a balk and a passed ball. The ninth batter in the Pioneer order hit a ball to the left side, which was stopped by Dinan at third base. The runner broke from third, but was gunned down by Dinan's throw home to catcher Ryan Keel. With the scoring threat stopped, the next Pioneer batter grounded out to Matthew Messick at shortstop to close the game. Conner started his first varsity game on the bump and was relieved by Jones in the 6th inning. Jones only pitched one inning, but collected the win with O'Connell earning the season's first save.
Dinan had a double, two singles and scored both team runs, but the effort wasn't enough to help his Irish teammates win the second half of their doubleheader. The Irish dropped the second game 6-2, which moved their record to 1-2 so far this season. Jake Schafer started the game on the mound and pitched four scoreless innings. In the 5th inning, the Pioneer leadoff batter reached base on the Irish's lone miscue on the day followed by Schafer getting the next two batters out. After the Pioneers got another single, which tied the score, Freshman Jake Schmidt came in relief to try to stop the attack. When the top of the 5th inning closed, the Pioneers had scored five unearned runs and put the game out of reach.
The Irish will host Westerville Central on Monday in their first OCC league game of the season. The game is scheduled for a 5:00 start.
Gale Force Winds Spoil 2014 Irish Opening Day
Tuesday, April 1 ~ London - The Dublin Scioto Irish squad traveled to London to open their 2014 campaign against the 1-0 Red Raiders and unfortunately left town with a 24-20 loss and a broken bus. Strong winds throughout the evening made pitching and fielding very difficult, which benefited both team's offenses. The Irish collected 18 hits on the evening and took an early 15-2 lead. The Red Raiders punched back with 12 runs in their bottom of the 3rd inning to close the gap to 15-14. The Irish were able to maintain their lead until the bottom of the 5th inning when the home team scored 7 more runs to take a 24-19 lead.
Every starting hitter for the Irish collected at least one hit and four players collected three hits. Bradley Dinan had a triple and two singles; Andrew McKinley and Jack Suich each doubled along with two hits; and Ryan Keel added three singles. Spencer Talentino also doubled and singled to help the effort. Matthew Messick started the campaign on the hill and was relieved by Dinan in the 3rd inning. Jake Carpenter entered the game in the 5th and was later relieved by Nate Ross, who finished the game. Carpenter took the loss in game one.
The varsity travel to Worthington Kilbourne for the annual battle for Hard Road on Wednesday and then host Olentangy Orange on Saturday.
Irish JV Squad Opens 2014 Campaign with a Win over the Red Raiders
Tuesday, April 1 ~ Dublin - The Scioto Irish JV squad opened their season hosting London HS and defeated the Red Raiders 20-3. Carter Brown (1-0) started on the mound for the Irish and scattered four hits and striking out six over five innings of work. Joshua Vogel finished the pitching line with a scoreless 6th inning. The Irish offense pounded out 16 hits with John Devantier leading the team collecting three hits and three RBIs on the day. Nick Srsic, Owen Kubalak, Nate Torski, Oscar Leyva and Logan McCarthy all collected two hits apiece for the game. Outfielder Saurov Kadatane also added to the hitting spree by knocking in three (RBI) Irish teammates. The Irish are back at home tomorrow with a game against our Hard Road rivals Worthington Kilbourne at 5:00.