Ashland Rocks Wooster 20-3 Behind 18 Hits
Ashland baseball coach Rick Gough was anxious to get his team back on the field after dropping an 8-5 contest at Wooster on Tuesday night, feeling his squad could perform better. The Arrows skipper would prove himself right the following afternoon, knocking out a season-best 18 hits in a 20-3 beatdown of the Generals, who had won their last 4 games, in a shortened 4 ½ innings.
Right-hander Tyler Croskey picked up the first OCC victory for Ashland, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4 Generals in 4 innings of work. A stiff and steady breeze would get to Croskey early in the contest, walking the bases loaded in the top half of the 2nd leading to an RBI single from Kristian Scalf and a 1-0 Wooster advantage. The floodgates would then be opened for the Arrows offensive attack, chalking up 4 runs in their half of the 2nd, then cranked out 5 runs on 4 hits in the 3rd before lighting up the home scoreboard for 11 4th inning runs to put the game out of reach.
Arrows sophomore first baseman Cole Garrison had a monster night from the dish, going 2-4 with a double, 5 RBI and scored 3 times. Second baseman Drew Schaly went 3-5 with a double, 3 RBI and a run while shortstop Brennen Hunt finished 1-3 from the plate with 3 RBI. Ashland (2-1, 1-1) will next play at Norwalk on Saturday while Wooster (5-4, 4-1) hosts rival Orrville on Thursday.