Buckeyes complete sweep of Raiders

By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com

BIDWELL, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Raiders, the league losses are piling up.

That’s because the River Valley High School baseball team dropped another conference clash on Wednesday — losing to the visiting Nelsonville-York Buckeyes 13-9 in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division tilt.

The game was officially called following the sixth inning due to darkness, even though the contest extended into the seventh stanza.

The Buckeyes actually added three more runs in the top of the seventh, but because the ruling reverts back to the last inning complete, the final score should stand at 13-9.

Either way, it was another TVC-Ohio defeat for the Raiders, which remain winless inside the league at 0-9.

River Valley fell to 3-10, while the Buckeyes raised their record to 10-4 — and to 5-3 in the division.

Earlier this season, Nelsonville-York senior pitcher Hunter Dobbs no-hit River Valley.

This time, Shakim Williams was the primary hurler for the Orange and Brown.

Williams, a junior, was the winning pitcher after taking over for starter Garrett Maiden in the opening inning.

Williams worked four and two-thirds frames for the winners, giving up only one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts.

Austin Kasler came in for the final frame, allowing two hits and an earned run.

Ian Polcyn pitched for River Valley, going the opening four innings and surrendering nine runs on 10 hits with two ‘Ks’,

However, only five of those Buckeye markers were earned.

Nelsonville-York churned out 15 hits, including Maiden with four singles and a run batted in.

Ted Campbell chipped in a triple and two singles, as he and Reece Robson recorded four RBI.

Williams helped his cause with a pair of singles and two RBI.

The Raiders rapped out seven hits, paced by Tre Craycraft with a single and a triple.

Polcyn had a double and three RBI, while Cameron Potter plated a pair of singles.

Devin McDonald and Jack Farley each had a single with two RBIs.

The Raiders return to Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division action on Friday at Athens.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs