Newark Catholic unable to defend state title

The Newark Catholic High School baseball team had its hopes of defending its Division IV state championship dashed in the bottom of the seventh by Defiance Tinora on June 7 in Huntington Park.

With a 4-3 loss to Tinora, the Green Wave came up short of what would have been their eighth state championship. Five of their seven titles have come under coach John Cannizzaro.

Newark Catholic finished 20-8 and Tinora finished 25-4.

The Green Wave tied the game at 3 in the top of the seventh when Mitch Lohr walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Lohr, advanced to third on a single by Hunter Nance and scored on an error.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh for Tinora, E.J. Kissel and Reid Renollet both were hit by pitches and Clay Pittman singled to left to drive in Kissel.

Cannizzaro appealed the hit-by-pitch call on Renollet but it was upheld.

Newark Catholic, which trailed 2-0 after the first inning, scored its first run in the fourth when Nance doubled, Gabe Morris singled and Sean Thomas singled to drive in Nance.

After Tinora stretched the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Green Wave cut it to 3-2 in the fifth when Mitch Lohr singled, moved to third on a double by Mike Lohr and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nance.

Thomas pitched the first three innings, giving up three runs, and Engle went the final 3 2/3 and was the losing pitcher in relief. Pittman picked up the relief win, giving him a final record of 9-1 on the season.

Nance went 2-for-3 to lead the Green Wave offense.

—Jarrod Ulrey