Two from area earn All-Ohio honors in baseball
COLUMBUS — Two area baseball players were named All-Ohio for the 2022 season.
In Division II, Highland senior infielder Rider Minnick was honorable mention. He batted .381 with a .474 on-base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage. He scored 32 runs and drove in 25 runs while hitting nine doubles.
In Division III, Northmor junior infielder Maxton Lower was honorable mention as well. He hit .472 with 33 runs, 14 RBI, two triples, three home runs and 15 stolen bases. He posted a .594 on-base percentage and a .668 slugging percentage.
Marion Merchants 15U baseball squad makes two straight finals
MARION — The Marion Merchants 15U Blum squad made the championship game two weeks in a row, falling over the weekend to the Dublin Silver Sox in the finale at the Kenton Bring the Heat Tournament held June 3 to 5.
Prior to running out of gas in the fifth game of a brutal tournament, the Merchants beat the top-seeded Dayton Classics, plus the Ohio Bison of Newark twice and fell in a tight game to the Marysville Mitts.
The previous week the Merchants won the Delaware Mid Ohio Regional Baseball Tournament, defeating the Dublin Silver Sox 9-8 in the championship game.
The Merchants are made up from players from Delaware Hayes, Marion Harding, River Valley, Elgin, Pleasant, Bucyrus Wynford and Norwalk St. Paul.
Members of the team are Gavin Lasher, Dylan Moore, Hayden Fultz, Layne Myers, Dillon Stidam, Conner Pennington, Ben Blum, Mason Moore, Landon Adams, Kelan Meade, Brett Crall, coach Brocton Moore, coach Josh Stidam and head coach Jim Blum.
Marion Merchants 16U baseball team wins tourney
MARION — The Marion Merchants 16U Allen squad defeated the West Virginia Diamond Nine 4-0 in the championship finale at the Kenton Beat the Heat Tourney last weekend.
En route to the championship, the Merchants defeated the Fostoria American Legion twice and the Kenton Wildcats.
The 2022 Marion Merchants 16U Allen team is made from players from Westerville North, Marion Harding, Ontario, Seneca East, Elgin, Norwalk St. Paul, Galion and Lexington.
Members of the team are Elijah Sayre, Cooper Dreibelbus, Maddox McGuire, Jake Chapman, Aiden Hines, Steven Castillo, Caden Fritz, Bradley Pennington, Luke Blum, Austin Allen, Tracey Watson, Wyatt Frazier, Derek Prosser, head coach C.J. Allen, coach Luke McGuire, assistant coach Brian Dreibelbus and assistant coach Jim Blum.
More area athletes make college picks
MARION — More Marion-area high school athletes have determined where and what they will play in college.
Athletes from Marion Harding are Rashawn Turner (John Carroll football), A’nya Reynolds (Howard women’s track and field), Brennin Beechum (Appalachian State men’s track and field).
Athletes from Elgin are Derek Crawford (University of Northwestern Ohio men’s bowling) and Cy Starcher (Ashland football and men’s track and field).
Athletes from River Valley are Hannah Logan (Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball) and Connor Robbins (Ohio Northern track and field).
Athletes from Cardington are Nate Hickman (Wittenberg football), Trey Brininger (Wittenberg football) and Joe Denney (Otterbein football).
Also moving on are Mount Gilead’s Michaela McGill (Toledo women’s track and field and cross country) and Northmor’s Duston Sanders (Ohio Wesleyan football).
A previous list ran May 12 online and later in print. Others who have made college decisions that have yet to be published are encouraged to send a note to Rob McCurdy at firstname.lastname@example.org for a final list if needed.