During his team's 2013 Division IV state semifinal against Convoy Crestview, Newark Catholic High School baseball player Mike Lohr reached on an infield single to lead off the game and scored as part of a two-run inning that included another infield hit and a wild pitch.
The Green Wave, which beat Crestview 9-1 en route to its seventh state championship, used the hustle of Lohr to set the tone in another state semifinal June 5 at Huntington Park, a 6-2 win over Berlin Center Western Reserve.
Lohr opened the bottom of the first inning with a double to left field. John Clegg's throw then got past the second baseman, moving Lohr to third, and first baseman Jon Timko's throw was off to the third baseman as Lohr scored.
The Green Wave continued to put pressure on Western Reserve, stranding eight runners over the first three innings before scoring four times in the sixth to seal the win.
Newark Catholic was 20-7 before playing Defiance Tinora for the championship June 7 at Huntington Park.
"It's nice to get the lead any way you can," coach John Cannizzaro said. "Mike's hit went down the line and he's pretty quick."
Newark Catholic took a 2-1 lead in the second on an RBI infield single by Jack Wollenburg before getting a sacrifice fly by Sean Thomas, a two-run double by Conor Keck and an RBI single by Gabe Morris in the sixth.
Morris pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and no earned runs, with Rob Engle recording the final two outs.
Lohr and Engle both had two hits.
Under Cannizzaro, the Green Wave previously won state titles in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and last year.
Panthers fall in state semi
The Licking Valley softball team was unable to defend its Division II state title as it lost to Jonathan Alder 4-3 in a state semifinal June 5 at Firestone Stadium in Akron.
The Panthers, who outhit the Pioneers 9-3, left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
With two outs and trailing 4-2, Shelby McCombs singled and Kori Locke reached on a throwing error. McCombs moved to third and Locke to second on the play.
Sierra McConnell then singled up the middle to drive in McCombs and Shelby Robinson walked, but Payton Brownlee grounded out to end the game.
The Panthers, who finished 27-5, left 10 on base.
Jonathan Alder played Lima Bath for the title June 7.
Track teams compete in state meets
The state track and field meets were held June 6 and 7 at Ohio State.
In Division I, the Granville boys had a trio of individual competitors in Casey Lenfest (200 meters), Tyler Otterstedt (800) and Byron Spruill (pole vault) while its girls team was represented by Micaela DeGenero in the 1,600 and by its 1,600 and 3,200 relays.
Newark's Toby Hardwick, who was runner-up in the state cross country meet last November, competed in the boys 3,200. Tana Barrett competed for the Wildcats girls in the high jump.
Representing Licking Heights were Matt Gebremedhin (boys 800) and Bryan Justice (boys pole vault), while Watkins Memorial's Josie Woosley ran in the girls 1,600 and its boys 400, 800 and 1,600 relays all competed.
In Division II, Heath's Josh Lines (boys 400) and Alexis McJunkins (girls shot put) competed, as did Lakewood's Levi Mack (boys 800).
The Newark Catholic boys team had its 400, 1,600 and 3,200 relays in Division III.