(6-8-19) If you missed the first three innings of Saturday’s first OHSAA D III Baseball semifinal in Akron between Coldwater and Roger Bacon you missed a lot of action in this ‘wild and woolly‘ game.
Teams Runs H-E-LOB ROG 1-0-5-0-1-0-0 = 7 8-5-7 COL 0-5-7-0-0-0-X = 12 6-2-5
The Cavs would score 5 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take a 5-1 lead over the Spartans who had scored in the top of the 1st, only to see Roger Bacon come back in the top of the 3rd and score 5 runs of their own to take a 6-5 lead over Coldwater.
Coldwater defeats St. Bernard Roger Bacon 12-7, to advance to the #OHSAA Div. III baseball championship game Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers will face the winner of the 7 p.m. game between West Lafayette Ridgewood and Canton Central Catholic ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/zYPdDxfBQI
— Ohio High School Athletic Association (@OHSAASports) June 8, 2019
So how would Coldwater answer that…how about a 7-run 3rd inning and that would be enough to hold on and beat Roger Bacon 12-7 and advance to the OHSAA D III State Baseball Final on Sunday at 7pm in Akron.
Coldwater, despite being outhit by Roger Bacon 8-6, would take advantage of 5 Spartan errors, 5 walks and 2 HBP to score their 12 runs (11 unearned). Out of those 6 hits was only one extra base hit, a double by Myles Blasingame, who also had a single, scored a run and a RBI.
To add to the win was some manager magic by Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert with his pitching staff. After the Spartans had scored three runs in the top of the 3rd, Jacob Wenning was brought into the game with one out in the inning and starting pitcher Cole Frilling would move to second base. Wenning (threw just 7 pitches) recorded the next two outs, although he gave up a two-run single that put Roger Bacon ahead, 6-5 he would end up with the pitching win, thanks to the 7 run bottom of the 3rd by Coldwater. With the lead at that point 12-6 Harlamert would bring Frilling back in to pitch at the top of the 4th inning. Why? Wenning will start the championship game on Sunday.
A game that will be long remembered by Coldwater fans.
The Cavs are hoping to add another state title and their first state title since 2014.
The Cavs (26-6) will play Ridgewood for the State D III title who beat Canton Central 6-5 in the other semifinal game tomorrow.