Classic title is lasting memory
For Dublin Coffman High School baseball player Dominic Tiberi, winning both games in his final Dublin Classic will be memories to cherish.
Tiberi, a senior, helped the Shamrocks defeat Scioto 5-2 and Jerome 10-1 on May 4 at home.
"This is a great feeling. There's nothing better than that," he said. "It's big. We always have that forever, so it's quite a good feeling to have. I'll remember this and remind (the Jerome and Scioto players) every time I see them."
Proceeds from the event benefited the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio. It originally was scheduled for April 20, but was postponed.
Coach Tim Saunders was hoping Coffman's win in the Classic would provide momentum entering the Division I district tournament.
The Shamrocks, seeded 29th with a first-round bye, visit fifth-seeded Olentangy in the second round Wednesday, May 15. They defeated the Braves 10-3 in the opener April 3.
The winner plays seventh-seeded Grove City, 30th-seeded Northland or 31st-seeded Teays Valley in a semifinal May 21 at Hilliard Darby.
"We played three hard baseball games in a row," said Saunders, whose team lost to Olentangy Liberty 12-9 on May 3. "We got beat (by Liberty), but we played hard and we built on that enthusiasm. We're not a very good team when we're not enthusiastic and that's what we've been trying to get our kids to do. Now they're finally realizing how much fun they're having by not being quiet, shy-type kids and just letting it all hang out and that makes us better."
Against Jerome, Coffman erased a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the third inning and five in the fourth.
Tiberi (OF) and Robbie Numbers (C/OF) each had three hits and three RBI, and Jacob Gilbert (C) had two hits and two RBI.
Senior Andrew Dugal pitched a five-hitter, striking out four and walking two.
Saunders is looking to Dugal and sophomore Joey Murray to lead the pitching staff during the district tournament.
"We're clicking as a team and it's just a matter of coming together at the right time," Dugal said. "We're getting hot, so I'm liking our chances."
Murray was the winning pitcher against Scioto, tossing a five-hitter while striking out eight and walking none. Gilbert, Tiberi and Connor Grootenhuis (2B) each had two hits.
Through 22 games, Gilbert was hitting .411 with 16 runs and 14 RBI. Tiberi was hitting .377 with 14 RBI and 12 runs, Grootenhuis was hitting .339, Jordan Blake (1B) was hitting .315 and Zac Fouche (CF) was hitting .304.
Murray was 5-2 with a 4.56 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 16 walks in 35 1/3 innings, and Dugal was 3-3 with a 2.31 ERA, 29 strikeouts and 16 walks in 42 1/3 innings.
"I know a lot of the kids, but our kids know all the kids," Saunders said of the Classic. "They've either played with them at some level of ball or played against them at some level of ball, and their parents know each other, so it's a fun time and it's good bragging rights."
Jerome was still in league title race
Jerome entered the week in control of its destiny in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
The Celtics led the league at 11-2 before playing Westerville Central on May 8.
Hilliard Darby was second at 10-3 before playing Hilliard Bradley on May 8.
"This league has been up and down," coach Chris Huesman said. "That's the whole thing about central Ohio baseball. We can come out here and lose to Dublin Coffman (in the Classic) and turn around and beat good teams that we play. It's just one of those things."
Against Scioto in the Classic, the game was tied at 4 in the sixth inning before the Celtics scored four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh in a 13-7 win.
Senior Kyle Lento (C) had two-run doubles in each inning and senior Tom Coon (3B/P) had a two-run double in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh.
"It was a good day," Lento said. "We raised some money for the Ovarian Cancer (Alliance), so it was good. It was a good cause. We know everyone (on Coffman and Scioto), so it's nice to compete against them."
The Celtics made three errors in their loss to Coffman.
"The first game took a lot out of us," Huesman said of the loss to Coffman. "That's no excuse. We have to catch flyballs."
The win over Scioto gave Jerome a regular-season sweep of the Irish, as the Celtics also won 7-1 on April 22 and 9-2 on April 25 in OCC-Cardinal contests.
Jerome is seeded ninth in the district tournament and has a first-round bye.
Scioto hoping to rebound
Scioto coach Ken Carpenter was hoping his team would bounce back from recent struggles as it prepared for the district tournament.
The Irish had lost five consecutive league contests before defeating Worthington Kilbourne 4-2 on May 6.
Scioto committed seven errors in its loss to Jerome in the Classic.
Matthew Vogel (OF) had a two-run single in the sixth inning and Matthew Messick (P/SS/2B) had an RBI double in the seventh.
"It was an absolute horrible day," Carpenter said. "We're going to make some serious personnel decisions."
Scioto is seeded 21st in the district tournament and visits 20th-seeded Westerville North in the first round Monday, May 13. The Irish lost to the Warriors 7-3 on April 15 and defeated them 10-4 on April 18 in OCC-Cardinal play.