Springfield has advanced to the Division IV State Finals following a 13-7 win over Defiance Tinora Friday evening at Huntington Park in Columbus.
The Tigers plated five runs in the fourth inning, and four more in the sixth to seal the victory for Head Coach Matt Weymer.
” I just couldn’t be prouder,” Weymer said. “I couldn’t believe that I could be more proud of a group of kids. They prove me wrong all the time. Not only to come back, but to just keep putting it on them. It was fantastic.”
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, the Tigers answered back when Ryan Kohler came through with an RBI triple. Eoghan Bees scored to tie the game at one.
The Tigers took 2-1 lead in the second inning when Cody Pitzo’s sac-fly brought home Jojo Caraballo.
Defiance Tinora roared back in the third inning. Dalton Donachie walked in a pair of runs, allowed an RBI single. A throwing error allowed a fifth run to score to give the Rams a 6-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the third.
Springfield erupted for five runs in the fourth inning . An error allowed Eoghan Bees to score to make it 6-3. Bees was on base four times, going 2-2 with a pair of walks and three runs scored.
Cody Pitzo added an RBI double, and finished the game 3-4 with three RBI’s with three runs scored. Hunter Snyder later notched an RBI single to make it 6-5, and scored on a double steal to knot things up at 6.
Dalton Donachie scored the go-ahead run on a passed-ball, to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead into the top of the fifth inning.
The Tigers added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joey Wrask reached on an error which scored Ryan Kohler to make it 8-6. Hunter Snider added a sac-fly to increase the lead to 9-6. Snyder finished the game with two RBI’s.
Springfield continued the hit parade in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jojo Caraballo drove in James Hillyer with an RBI double, and later scored on a throwing error. Ryan Kohler added an an RBI triple, while Cody Pitzo added an RBI single to increase the lead to 13-7. Kohler finished the game 4-5 with 2 RBI’s. “ This is probably the best thing that’s ever happened,” Kohler said. ”This is just so good for us. We play so many sophomores. We came to play and this is just awesome.”
Dalton Donachie picked up the win on the mound for the Tigers. He worked a total of four innings, allowing six runs on five hits with four strikeouts and five walks for Springfield:
” We just keep trying. We don’t give up,” said Donachie. ”We know what’s on the line. All the seniors keep us going. Everyone on the team keeps us going.”
Springfield improves to 22-7 on the season, and advances to face six-time state champion Newark Catholic in the Division IV State Championship on Sunday at noon at Huntington Park in Columbus.