DOVER — Dover High School varsity baseball finally christened its new artificial turf infield Thursday night against Canton Central Catholic.
A win was icing on the cake.
Senior Ayden Hall went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a single and two RBIs and threw out a runner at the plate from right field to help preserve a shutout, while senior Nolan Kellicker and senior Mason Stoldt combined for a shutout on the mound as the Crimson Tornadoes blanked the Crusaders 7-0 at Dover City Park.
The official dedication of the turf will come Friday night when rival New Philadelphia pays a visit.
In actually, the Dover freshmen gave the new look diamond a “soft’ opening when it hosted West Holmes Wednesday night. This came after a number of delays which the original debut date was set for March 26.
Hall was credited with the first varsity hit on the new field (a double) and the Dover three sport star scored the first run as the hosts led from start to finish.
“It’s a A+,” said Hall when asked about a grade on the new surface. “It’s beautiful and it was great to play on. I’m normally not in right field, but as an infielder you get true hops. I’m just happy to be out there no matter where I’m playing.”
Senior catcher Connor McGarry caught Hall’s throw in top of the seventh and slapped the tag on a CCC runner to keep the shutout intact.
“It was awesome,” said McGarry of playing behind the dish. “It’s a lot better than a dirt surface. When I went to block the ball, it skipped up easier and I liked that a lot. A lot of people have put a lot of hard hard into this. We didn’t want to come out and not play well in the first game here.”
Dover head coach Jeff Fondriest, whose team improved to 2-1, gave his first impressions of the turf.
“It’s beautiful,” said Fondriest. “It’s really nice.”
Fondriest has been blown away by the community support.
“Though grants and help from the City and the Parks and Recreation Department, it became a reality,” said Fondriest. “The Stoldts (Mason’s father and mother, Jody and Nicole) have been big in this and have helped raise quite a bit of money. We live in a great community.”
Stoldt also had a single and two RBIs for the winners, while the Kellickers (Nolan and sophomore Ethan) each had two singles and an RBI.
Kellicker scattered three hits over six innings with four strikeouts.
Canton Central Catholic drops to 0-3.
New Phila 4, Marietta 3
Brenton Billman’s walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted New Philadelphia to an East Central Ohio League win over Marietta at Tuscora Park.
Billman’s bases loaded single scored Charlie Gibbs with the winning run for the Quakers (3-1, 1-0).
Carter Vandall pitched five strong innings and added an RBI. Gaven Blake picked up the pitching win as he threw two scoreless innings.
New Philadelphia won the JV contest 10-0.
Indian Valley 6, Garaway 5
Indian Valley snatched the lead late in the game in an IVC South victory over Garaway.
The game was tied at five with Indian Valley batting in the bottom of the seventh when Kale Kochman singled on a 1-1 count, scoring the game winner.
Trevor Myers earned the victory on the mound for the Braves in relief of Gavin Henry. Myers allowed two hits and no runs over three innings, striking out four and walking none.
Kochman went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Indian Valley (5-1, 3-0).
Garaway totaled 11 hits in the game. Alexander Roden, Payton Keller, Cameron Coblentz, and Jamin Beachy each collected multiple hits for the Pirates.
Hiland 8, Sandy Valley 2
Jeff Todaro recorded a sacrifice fly and drove in a pair of runs to finish with three RBIs, Kobe Lapp doubled and totaled two hits and Dakota Miller doubled home a pair of runs to lead Hiland past Sandy Valley in IVC South play.
Will Schlabach earned the pitching win with seven strikeout over six innings of work.
Kaiden Mastri went deep and Nick Petro added a double to lead Sandy Valley.
Steubenville 8, Harrison Central 2
Visiting Steubenville handed Harrison Central its first loss of the season after a win over the Huskies at newly refurbished Mazeroski Field.
The Big Red took control with a four-run third.
River View 14, Morgan 4
Evan McPeak smacked a three-run home run as River View rolled to a Muskingum Valley League win over Morgan.
Buckeye Trail 6, Malvern 1
Isaac Beaver notched the pitching win and Brayden Williams and Nick Neuhart had had two singles to lead visiting Buckeye Trail to an IVC North win over Malvern.
The Warriors improved to 3-1, 2-0, while the Hornets dropped to 2-3, 1-2.
Sandy Valley 16, Hiland 3
Sandy Valley scored six runs in the third inning en route to an IVC victory over Hiland.
The offensive firepower by Sandy Valley was led by Peyton Nicholson, McKenna Burk, Amber Ward, Alli Neary, Lizzie Pomesky and Carsyn Dine, all driving in runs in the frame.
Ward went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Cardinals in hits. Nicholson led Sandy Valley with four stolen bases.
McKenna Burk got the pitching win for Sandy Valley. The righty lasted five innings, allowing three hits and three runs, while striking out four.
New Phila 11, Marietta 1
New Philadelphia recorded an ECOL win against visiting Marietta at Tuscora Park.
Julia Miller picked up the pitching win and led the Quakers at the plate with two doubles and a single. Elle Mason & Zoey Devore each homered for the Quakers.
The JV team won 15-0 at Marietta for a Quakers sweep.
Morgan 2, River View 0
Morgan shutout River View in a Muskingum Valley League contest.
Track & field
Claymont and Dover took part in the Legends Invitational hosted by New Philadelphia at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.
The New Philadelphia boys were overall winners, while the New Philadelphia girls finished second to Wadsworth.
The NP boys won with 162 points and Wadsworth was second with 119, while Massillon (3rd, 86.5), Claymont (4th, 74), Dover (5th, 50) and Canton South (6th, 31.5) followed.
The Wadsworth girls won with 128 points with NP second with 110. Claymont (3rd, 85, Massillon (4th, 75.5), Dover (5th, 72.5) and Canton South (6th, 41) followed.
The area first place finishers are as follows:
800; Natalie Kinsey, Claymont, 2:44.05; 1,600: Cambri Mushrush, New Philadelphia, 5:38.01; 3,200: Cambri Mushrush, New Philadelphia, 12:10.88; 100 hurdles: Alyssa Feller, Dover, 16.65; High jump: Kaitlin McConnell, New Philadelphia, 4-10; Pole vault: Reis Johnson, Dover, 9-0; Shot: Hannah Daniels, New Philadelphia, 31-10.5; Discus: Arianna Terakedis, Claymont, 105-01.
100: Alec Terakedis, Claymont, 11.22; 1,600: Owen Brady, New Philadelphia, 4:22.09; 110 hurdles: Jordan Heaston, Dover, 15.59; 4×200 relay: New Philadelphia (Trevor Bean, Chance Rennicker, Evan McInturf, Trevor Bean), 3:39.24; 4×800 relay: New Philadelphia (Elliot Brady, Tyson Autry, Preston Rieger, Owen Miller), 6:45.90; High jump: Kayden Schoelles, New Philadelphia, 6-0; Long jump: Joey Farthing, Dover, 22-01; Shot put: Zach Rothrock, New Philadelphia, 41-3.5; Discus: Kurt Haney, Claymont, 130-10.
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