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VIDEO: Twinsburg baseball wins tight game at Hudson

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: April 18, 2017 7:45 PM
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HUDSON  — In terms of style, the baseball game April 18 at the Ballpark at Hudson seemed to favor the hosting Explorers.

The contest, however, went to visiting Twinsburg.

The Tigers pulled out a tight 2-1 win over the Explorers in well-played game from both teams.

Twinsburg improved to 9-3, 6-2 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Hudson dropped to 8-4, 3-3 in the National Conference.

The game was pitcher's duel between Twinsburg's Ryan Christy (5-0) and Hudson's Troy Brown (2-2). Both seniors pitched complete games.

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Christy picked up the win by allowing just one earned run in seven innings. The Ohio University recruit scattered seven hits, while striking out three batters and walking one.

Hudson coach Buddy Dice felt Brown didn't have his best stuff, though Brown allowed only two earned runs off hits. Brown also struck out four batters, but walked four Tigers.

Two of those walked helped Twinsburg score the first run in the top of the second inning.

After walks to first baseman Jake Carinci and catcher Chad Syzdlowski, Tiger third baseman Dylan Jackson put down a sacrifice bunt.

Left fielder Bobby Delegram then hit a sacrifice fly to left field and Carinci beat the throw home to make it 1-0.

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Twinsburg manufactured its second run in the top of the fifth inning in similar fashion.

Jackson walked and went to second on a wild pitch, followed by a perfect bunt single by Delegram.

Jackson scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by second baseman Jason Stahlman.

Hudson's lone run came in the bottom of the fifth inning, thanks to a lead-off double by catcher Grant Gedeon.

Gedeon moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI groundout from designated hitter Ryan Mitcheltree.

Hudson had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

With one out, third baseman Johnny Colesi singled, Gedeon walked and Oscarson put down a perfect bunt single to load the bases.
With everyone in the ballpark looking for a squeeze play, Christy was able to strike out Mitcheltree, bringing left fielder Nolan Laughlin to the plate.

Laughlin had two singles earlier in the game, but never got to swing the bat.

Colesi broke for home when the squeeze was not on and Szydlowski ran him back to third. Szydlowski then tossed the ball to Jackson, who tagged Colesi to record the final out of the game.

Hudson and Twinsburg will see each other against April 20 at Dodge Field.

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