Clippers defeat Quakers for title
COLUMBIANA — The Columbiana baseball team made up for lost time this summer.
Columbiana defeated Salem, 20-10, in five innings in the Mahoning Valley High School Summer Baseball League championship game Saturday at Firestone Park.
The single-elimination tournament was held after Columbiana, Salem, East Liverpool, Lisbon, South Range, United and Western Reserve completed a 15-game regular season.
Columbiana had high hopes for the high school baseball season, but the entire sports season was lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coaches were hoping the summer league would give high school players a chance to play when it started in mid-June.
“Everybody played,” Columbiana coach Ryan Wolf said. “We didn’t have any issues with getting players, something you’re always worried about in the summer.
“Everybody was really excited the kids got to play.”
In Saturday’s championship game, Columbiana led 5-4 before breaking the game open by outscoring Salem 13-1 in the third and fourth innings.
Ryan Fahs led Columbiana’s 18-hit attack with four singles, three RBI and scored three runs.
Chase Franken scored five runs after collecting a triple, a single and three walks. Logan Hoschar drove in five runs with a double and two singles. Brady Kridly also had three hits and three RBIs, while Carson Dota doubled and drove in four runs. Bayden Pipoly had two hits and scored four runs, Brady Dixon triple and Joey Wilczak doubled and Brady Dixon added a triple.
Franken overcame a wild start to throw four innings to earn the win. He gave up one earned run and struck out five.
Salem was led by Ricky Enlow, who was 2-2 with a double and two RBIs. Brock Young doubled and drove in three runs, while Nick Coletta added two hits and scored two runs.
Columbiana defeated Western Reserve 9-5 on Wednesday and East Liverpool 5-4 on Thursday to earn its spot in the championship game.
Salem beat United 13-6 on Wednesday and downed South Range 7-0 Friday to advance.
SALEM: 1-3-0-1-5–10- 7-4