Spartans sweep, roll River Valley


By Paul Boggs - pboggs@civitasmedia.com



River Valley first baseman Ian Polcyn (6) catches the pickoff throw attempt from pitcher Jack Farley as Alexander’s Wyatt Radford dives back during Wednesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball game at River Valley High School.


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BIDWELL, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Raiders, no walkoff was necessary this time.

That’s because Jordan Colburn dominated River Valley with both his bat and his arm on Wednesday, leading the visiting Alexander Spartans to a 12-1 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball victory.

Colburn captured the pitching win for the Spartans, stymieing the Raiders to only three hits over six shutout innings.

He also struck out seven, before River Valley — off Alexander reliever Wyatt Radford — scored its only run in the bottom of the seventh.

Colburn also burned the Raiders with a three-run home run in the third inning, as he also doubled in the game.

In the two clubs’ initial meeting a week ago, the Spartans needed an eighth-inning walkoff to win by a 7-6 score.

On Wednesday, Alexander scored four runs in the third, then added a pair of insurance markers in the fifth and sixth stanzas for an 8-0 advantage.

In the top of the seventh, off River Valley relief pitcher Austin Ragan, Alexander amassed another four-run inning for the 12-0 cushion.

With the win, the Spartans raised their record to 5-10 — and 4-7 in the TVC-Ohio.

The Raiders, meanwhile, remain winless in the league at 0-11, part of 3-12 overall.

Jack Farley pitched the first four innings for the Raiders, and retired the Spartans 1-2-3 in the first —before facing only four Alexander batters in the second, and stranding Connor Wingett at third following a leadoff walk.

However, a one-out walk to Mason Hanning jump-started the Spartans’ four-run third, as Andy Merckle reached on an error — and Chace Harris doubled in Hanning.

That set up Colburn’s three-run shot to left field for the 4-0 lead.

Farley struck out three, facing four more batters in the fourth, before Ragan went the next two and two-thirds.

Ian Polcyn pitched the final third for River Valley.

Harris, an Ohio University signee, paced the Alexander offense with three doubles, a walk and four runs scored.

Merckle drew three walks and also scored four times, while Wingett was walked twice.

Drew Davis tripled in the seventh, while Conner Truax tallied three singles.

Hanning had a single and twice scored.

Prior to the seventh, River Valley’s only hits were singles by Devin McDonald in the second, Ragan in the third and Cameron Potter in the fifth.

The Raiders recorded their only run when Farley and Wyatt Halfhill singled to lead off, then moved up a base apiece on a Potter sacrifice bunt.

Polcyn plated Farley for the point with a single.

River Valley was scheduled to host non-league South Gallia on Thursday.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

River Valley first baseman Ian Polcyn (6) catches the pickoff throw attempt from pitcher Jack Farley as Alexander’s Wyatt Radford dives back during Wednesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball game at River Valley High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/05/web1_5.5-RV-Polcyn.jpgRiver Valley first baseman Ian Polcyn (6) catches the pickoff throw attempt from pitcher Jack Farley as Alexander’s Wyatt Radford dives back during Wednesday’s Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division baseball game at River Valley High School. Paul Boggs/OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

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