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Tallmadge baseball wins Akron Division II district title

Published: May 18, 2017 4:31 PM
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When it comes to the Tallmadge baseball team, winning district titles is something that is expected year after year.
So when the Blue Devils didn't win a district championship last year, it's safe to say many Tallmadge fans were a bit anxious.
They don't have to squirm any more.
Top-seeded Tallmadge won its first district title since 2015 after earning a commanding 14-4 victory over fifth-seeded Canal Fulton Northwest.
The Akron Division II district championship game took place May 18 at Canal Park.
The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Since Kenny Linn became the Blue Devils head coach 14 years ago, Tallmadge was just 3-7 in district title games entering May 18.
Although the Blue Devils got off to a shaky start, they took command with an eight-run second inning and dominated the rest of the way.
As a result of its performance, Tallmadge (21-6) is scheduled to play Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in a regional semifinal game May 25 at The Ballpark at Hudson. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
Down 2-0, the Blue Devils put the game out of reach with an offensive explosion in the bottom of the second.
Tallmadge sent 12 batters to the plate and smacked seven hits. The Blue Devils also took advantage of an error that led to a pair of runs and two walks.
Second baseman Jake Rensel drove in the first run with a one-out double to left-center field.
The Indians (13-12) looked like they got a crucial second out when Jared Burick got caught in a rundown. No one was covering the plate and the ball wound up being thrown away. As a result, Burick and Rensel scored to give Tallmadge a 3-2 lead.
The Blue Devils didn't stop there.
Left fielder Sam Seeker followed with a triple to the fence in right field and scored on catcher Rich Eyre's single.
After consecutive singles by shortstop Phil Glasser and center fielder Seth Gergely, Zach Boyd made it 6-2 with a   two-run single with the bases loaded.
Right fielder Scott Seeker, who led off the inning with a walk, concluded the scoring outburst with a two-run triple to the fence in right field.
That would be it for Northwest starting left-hander Bryce Munson, who lasted just 1-1/3 innings.
Tallmadge took advantage of two walks to score two more runs in the third.
Eyre had a sacrifice fly to center and Glasser drove in another run with a grounder to short.
Rensel added a squeeze bunt in the fourth and the Blue Devils ended the game with three runs in the fifth.
Glasser and Gergely had back-to-back run-scoring triples and Boyd ended the game with a run-scoring single to right.
Burick, a right-hander, settled down after a shaky first inning to get the win.
The Indians got a two-run double by third baseman Jared Sekely in the first. Northwest took advantage of two walks and a wild pitch to score its other two runs in the fourth.
Tallmadge had 12 hits and no errors. The Indians had four hits and one error.


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