Jackson Wolf tossed his second no-hitter of the season in support of an offense that got going early for the Gahanna Lincoln High School baseball team in an 11-0, six-inning win over Big Walnut in a Division I regional semifinal May 26 at Dublin Coffman.
The Lions improved to 17-7 and advanced to play Olentangy Orange in the regional final at 5 p.m. May 27 at Coffman.
Wolf walked two and hit two batters but struck out 10 for the Lions.
Big Walnut finished 23-6.
“My fastball was mainly what I kind of stayed with,” Wolf said. “I was able to locate it really well. Everything was really working today for me.”
Gahanna got five runs in the first inning off Big Walnut pitcher Austin Becker, a junior who has committed to Vanderbilt University.
In the first inning, Karter Johnson and Devon Lee both had a two-run single.
Josh Oddi hit a solo home run to center in the third and had an RBI single in the sixth.
Jarod White had an RBI double and Lee added a sacrifice fly.
Olentangy Orange 5, Hilliard Darby 0
Tyler Brown threw a four-hitter to help lead Orange past Darby in the other Division I regional semifinal May 26 at Coffman.
The Pioneers improved to 22-8 and advanced to play Gahanna in the regional final.
Brown struck out nine while allowing one walk and hitting a batter.
“I just threw the ball up there because I have trust in my team behind me,” said Brown, who added a double at the plate. “We have been building trust in the team all year. We believe in each other and what we can do.”
Brown had great defense behind him, as the Pioneers committed no errors. Darby had three.
“We know we have good pitching, but you have to put a good defense behind that,” Orange coach Phil Callaghan said. “You have to play good defense in the tournament and not give them an extra 90 (feet).”
Cole Callaghan was 3-for-3 with three singles and scored two runs to lead an 11-hit attack for Orange. Garrett O’Reilly and Jason Schutte both singled twice, and Zach Stiteler had a two-run double.
Losing pitcher Cory Brooks doubled and Ben Gbur, Nick Pizzuti and Brice Stultz all singled for Darby, which finished 26-4.
“They played a good ballgame and their pitcher was very strong,” Darby coach Chris Fugitt said. “They took hits away from us and we didn’t play defense the way we normally do. We were a bit sloppy, and it hurt us.”
—Scott HennenDivision II
DeSales 9, Hamilton Ross 0
Greg Gilbert pitched his second consecutive complete game and seventh this season, striking out nine and scattering three hits without a walk as DeSales pulled away from Hamilton Ross in a regional semifinal May 26 at Mason.
DeSales improved to 19-11 and advanced to play Dayton Chaminade Julienne or Waynesville in the regional final May 27 at Mason.
The Stallions, who had their leadoff batter reach base every inning, scored two runs in the first inning on three hits and an error. They added a run in the fourth, four in the sixth — with three coming on a double by Joey Velazquez — and two in the seventh.
Ross finished 25-6.
—Dave PurpuraDivision IV
Newark Catholic 5, Lewisburg Tri-County North 4
Newark Catholic scored four runs in the first inning and led 5-0 before holding on to beat Tri-County North in a Division IV regional semifinal May 26 at Wittenberg.
The Green Wave improved to 11-18 and advanced to play Russia in the regional final May 27 at Wittenberg.
Tri-County North, which finished 19-10, scored three runs in the fourth and one in the seventh but couldn’t complete the rally.