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TALLMADGE — Canton South made Tallmadge baseball work for it, but the Blue Devils are headed back to Canal Park.
Tallmadge pulled out a 3-2 win over the Wildcats May 9 at Dave Young Field in a Division II sectional final.
With the win, Tallmadge improved to 18-5 and advanced to play Akron Springfield in the Division II district semifinal at Canal Park. The semifinal will take play May 17 a 7 p.m.
Tallmadge starting pitcher Zach Boyd was his usual steady self, but Boyd left the game with a 2-1 deficit. He pitched 4-2/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) off four hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Reliever Mikah McGlaughlin (3-1) picked up the win, allowing just one hit in 2.33 innings of scoreless relief.
Tallmadge jumped out a to 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Shortstop Phil Glasser walked, right fielder Seth Gergely doubled and Boyd hit an RBI groundout.
After that, however, Tallmadge struggled a bit against South starter JC Phillipi. The Wildcats' ace gave up three earned runs off three hits and four walks in five innings of work.
Canton South tied the game in the third inning, as infield single, a walk and an error loaded the bases. Third baseman Robbie Akers then hit an RBI fielder's choice to tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the fifth, the Wildcats took the lead. A single by Phillip and two wild pitches was followed by an RBI double from Akers to make it 2-1.
McGlaughlin relieved Boyds struck out Wildcats first baseman Dalton Frey to end the inning.
Tallmadge then responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, left fielder Sam Seeker walked, catcher Richie Eyre was hit by a pitch and the runners moved up on a wild pitch.
Glasser then hit a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game. Gergely then hit an RBI double just beyond the reach of the left fielder to make it 3-2.
Canton South had a chance to tie it in the seventh when Riley James led off with a double.
However, McGlaughlin struck out catcher Jeff Lutz, got Phillip to ground back to the mound and had Akers pop out of first base to end the game.
Tallmadge will travel to Hudson May 10 at 7 p.m.