Coach Kevin Yoder’s Tri-Valley varsity baseball team heads into the fourth week of their 2019 season right at the .500 mark, with a 6-6 overall record and 5-3 mark in Muskingum Valley League play.
End of the week conference action saw the Diamond Dawgs drop two straight; on Wednesday, April 10, TV lost a heartbreaker – a 6-4 decision that ended with a controversial out call at home plate, then a day later, the Scotties got clobbered by visiting Crooksville, as the Ceramics put a Thursday night, April 11, 16-4 beating on the hosts.
In the John Glenn loss, a pair of Muskie home runs were the damage-doers, but the visiting Scotties made a game of it, with Drew Richert’s seventh inning home run edging them closer at 6-4; but a controversial out call at home plate on TV’s Trevor Yoder good slide across the plate ended the contest, handing the Diamond Dawgs their second conference setback of the season. Ty Smith’s double and two singles led Scottie hitters, while senior Chase Kendrick’s only mistakes on the mound were the two Muskie round-trippers.
Twenty-four hours later, back in Dresden at Kenny Wolford Park, the visiting Crooksville Ceramics lit up the Scottie scoreboard in centerfield, clubbing 17 hits and scoring 16 runs in a game that the Diamond Dawgs would like to forget. Aiden Fritter’s three hits led the Scotties.
On Saturday, April 13, Tri-Valley traveled to Licking Valley for a double header with the host Panthers, and came home with a split, winning the first game in extra innings – 3-1 – then dropping the second contest of the twin-bill 8-4.
In the opening win, Justin Fernburg was outstanding on the mound, pitching eight innings, giving up only three hits and one run, and striking out seven Panther batters. TV senior Dalton Anker led the nine-hit TV attack with a pair of singles, while Skye Bryan, Aiden Fritter, Fernburg, Brennon Mitchell, Chase Kendrick, Drew Richert, and Trevor Yoder contributed singles as well at the plate.
In the second game loss, Bryan’s pair of singles led Scottie hitters, while Fernburg was credited with three rbi’s for the Diamond Dawgs. Ty Smith, Fritter, Fernburg, and Yoder added singles as well for TV.
The Diamond Dawgs are back in action on Monday, April 15, with a road contest at Morgan, then return to Wolford Park on April 18 to host the New Lexington Panthers.