Note: This recap appears in the Sunday, June 30 newspaper on Page B1.
An 11-run lead was just enough for the Southern Ohio Copperheads on Friday.
The Copperheads soared out to a huge lead, then held on for a 13-11 victory over the Galion Graders.
Southern Ohio swept the two-game road set at Heise Park to improve to 11-10 on the season.
Galion falls to 4-15 in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
Offense was on full display for both teams on Friday, as they combined for 29 hits.
Southern Ohio scored six runs in the second, and five more in the third for an 11-0 lead.
Galion nearly erased that deficit, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Southern Ohio added single runs in the sixth and eighth innings to lead 13-9, with the Graders finally scoring twice in the eighth.
Thomas Zazzaro and Zach Iverson each had three-hit games for Southern Ohio. Zazzaro was 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Iverson was 3 for 4 with two runs, an RBI and a walk. Each player hit a double.
Sebastian Fabik hit his second home run of the season, going 2 for 5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Reese Trahey, Phillip Glasser and Scott Combs each added two-hit games for the Copperheads. Trahey and Glasser each scored two runs while Combs drove in two runs.
Jake Hansen started the game on the mound but couldn’t get through the fifth inning. He gave up six runs — five earned — on five hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out two.
Nick Kaiser and Braxton Kelly came out of the bullpen to help slow down Galion’s comeback attempt. Kaiser gave up three unearned runs in 2 2-3 innings. Kelly worked the final 2 innings, allowing two unearned runs.
Southern Ohio was charged with four errors, leading to six unearned runs.
Creek Miller took the loss for Galion, going 6 innings. He gave up 12 runs — seven earned — on 13 hits and a walk.
Andrew Sharp was 3 for 5 with two runs to lead Galion’s offense.
Southern Ohio batted around in its six-run second inning, highlighted by Fabik’s two-run home run.
The Copperheads again sent nine men to the plate in the third, with Combs, Glasser, Zazzaro and Iverson all hitting RBI singles to eventually build an 11-0 lead.
The Graders nearly spoiled the night for Southern Ohio by sending 13 batters to the plate in the fifth inning, getting nine runs on eight hits and two errors. Thomas Stabb hit a three-run double in the inning.
Galion also didn’t go quietly in the ninth inning, loading the bases with two outs.
Kelly was able to strike out DeVonte Washington swinging to finally end the game, and give Southern Ohio the win.
Southern Ohio 18, Galion 6 (Thursday)
Southern Ohio ended a two-game losing streak with Thursday’s 18-6 win at Galion.
The Copperheads scored in each of the first four innings to lead 12-1.
Southern Ohio had 18 hits, with Fabik and Jared Heard each hitting home runs.
Fabik also added a double, going 4 for 6 with five RBIs and three runs scored.
Combs was also 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Iverson was 3 for 5 with a run, RBI and two walks drawn.
Jackson Mandella made the run support stand up with seven innings of work to get the win. He allowed 12 hits and six runs, but only two earned runs. He didn’t walk a batter.
Galion’s Wyatt Smith took the loss, pitching the first inning. He gave up five runs on four hits, and was one of eight Galion pitchers used in the game.
Southern Ohio led 2-1 after an inning thanks to Tanner Glass’ two-run single.
The Copperheads added six runs in the second to lead 8-1, highlighted by Fabik’s grand slam home run.
Southern Ohio added two runs in the third, and two more in the fourth to lead 12-1 after Heard’s two-run home run.
The Copperheads added on three runs in the sixth to lead 15-1.
The Graders scored four runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to cut the deficit to 15-6. Southern Ohio added three more runs in the eighth thanks to RBI singles by Iverson, Fabik and Glass.
Southern Ohio was scheduled to host the Lima Locos in a two-game weekend series. Sunday’s finale is slated for 5:35 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.
Lima leads the GLSCL North Division going into the weekend with a 13-7 record.