Top-ranked Bucyrus powers past Edison in Div. 3 district
May 22, 2011 at 1:23 AM
Bucyrus fired a warning shot in its Divsion III district semifinal against Edison.
That shot, which cleared the fence in center field, brought in three runs for the No. 1-ranked Redmen in their 8-3 win Saturday in Tiffin.
Skyler Tate's three-run homer in the first set the tone for Bucyrus (23-2), and the Chargers never could string enough offense together to put a run across until the seventh inning.
"It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to get beat up by the state champs again," Edison coach Sean Hoover said.
A year ago, the Chargers rolled to a 13-2 win over the Redmen before running into eventual state champion Clear Fork in the Division III district championship and losing.
This was a different game right from the beginning.
"They had a walk to start the game, which is never good," Hoover said. "Sam (Deehr) just didn't have his control in the first inning, put one down the middle and (Tate) hammered it. Doesn't matter which point in the game it is. If you put those pitches there, kids are going to go get it."
It wasn't until the Redmen opened an 8-0 lead -- and starter Jordan Howard was done for the day after limiting the Chargers to no runs on three hits with eight strikeouts -- that the Chargers got on the board in the top of the seventh.
Brandon Gurnack's RBI double, a fielder's choice on Alex Bixler's grounder to second base, and Deehr's loop to center field all brought in a run.
Edison (14-13), which still has a league game Friday against Huron, played Bucyrus and lost 7-4 earlier this year.
Read more of this story in Sunday's Register.