The Mid Ohio Athletic Conference did not have a good day Thursday in sectional baseball and softball.
Seven of the eight teams from the conference who played on Thursday lost. Elgin’s baseball team was the lone exception, as the Comets beat Centerburg 6-2 for a Division III sectional title.
Elgin (16-7) will play Heath at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Olentangy High School in a Central District semifinal game.
In other Div. III baseball sectionals on Thursday, Pleasant (16-11) lost 4-3 to Northridge, North Union (8-14) dropped a 3-1 decision to Liberty Union (18-10), and Northmor fell to West Jefferson 4-0.
In Div.. II baseball, River Valley (11-13) was beaten 2-0 by Big Walnut (17-11), Buckeye Valley lost 8-1 to Watterson, and Highland (16-6) was on the wrong end of a 7-1 decision against DeSales (13-15).
Ridgedale played Danville in a Div. IV softball clash and was eliminated 11-1.
Tyler Axline’s three-run double in the top of the seventh inning gave Pleasant a 3-1 lead over Northridge before the Vikings (18-9) answered with three runs to beat the Spartans.
Pleasant had plenty of opportunities to score throughout the game, but couldn’t come up with a clutch hit. The Spartans left 12 men on base, including the bases loaded in the first inning.
“We kept putting pressure on them and getting guys on, but we just couldn’t get guys in,” Pleasant coach Chris Kubbs said. “We left too many guys on base and we didn’t capitalize early. We’ve had trouble getting clutch hits all year. We’ve been a team that has struggled to score runs, but we are a young team.
“Our guys had a good season, and we have a lot of good things to look forward to next year because we only lose one senior starter.”
Cy Perry pitched a gem for River Valley against Big Walnut, only to see his team’s bats go silent for the majority of the game.
Perry allowed only one earned run and two hits. He issued three walks. Big Walnut scratched out single runs in the first and second innings.
River Valley, however, could come up with only three hits of its own. They were singles from Jared Miller, Colby Carlson and Jamond Augenstein.
Highland trailed by only one run at 2-1 after two innings before DeSales scored four times in the fifth and added another marker in the sixth.
No Harding players advanced out of the Div. I sectional Thursday at Ada, but Tru Roberts and Rohan Jethva did advance into the quarterfinals in singles.
Roberts downed Travis Tuttle of Lima Senior 6-1, 6-1 before falling 2-6, 0-6 to Jacob Eblin from Findlay. Jethva beat Jordan Dodds of Wapakoneta 6-0-, 6-2 but lost to Garret Hammer of Bowling Green 2-6, 0-6. Harding’s Win Adissem lost his first match, 0-6, 0-6 to Kevin Lewis of Findlay.
In doubles, Harding’s Jacob Lester and Kaleb Irey lost 6-7, 5-7 to Alexander Moore and Justin Weltmer of Lima Senior. The Presidents’ Robby Stoneburner and Tyler Longstreth were defeated 1-6, 0-6 by Lima Senior’s Dylan Goodman and Douglas Sodders.
Tom Wilson of the Newark Advocate contributed to this report.