Tallmadge baseball returns to district final

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published:

It's been a trying season this spring for the Tallmadge baseball team, but the Blue Devils find themselves in a familiar postion.

Tallmadge advanced to the Division II district final game by winning a district semifinal 4-1 over Orange May 20 at Canal Park in Akron.

With the win, Tallmadge improved to 8-13 on the season.

The Blue Devils will take on Woodridge in the district final at Canal Park May 21 at 6 p.m. Woodridge defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary 6-4 in the other semifinal May 20 at Canal Park.

Orange struck first in the semifinal, as Lions first baseman Jake Kemelhar hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning.

However, that would be all that Tallmadge starting pitcher Chris Gray would allow. Gray (1-2) picked up his first win of the season, allowing one run off four hits and four walks in six inning of work. He had eight strikeouts in the in the win.

Will Woods picked up the save by pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Tallmadge's offense started slow, as the Blue Devils had a call go against them in the bottom of the fourth.

With two men on, Conor McVey hit a slicing line drive down the right field line, which he originally turned into an inside-the-park home run. However, after much discussion, the umpires called the ball foul.

McVey regained his composure and hit an RBI single to score Woods and tie the game at 1-1 after four innings.

Tallmadge took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth.

With a runner on third, center fielder Tyler Duben smacked an RBI double to left center to make it 2-1. After Jason Beaumont walked, Woods hit an RBI single to score Duben.

Beaumont would then score on an error to make it 4-1.

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