Baseball team gets top seed after big wins

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by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT

Aurora -- It was a feather in the cap to capture huge wins recently over Hudson and Massillon Jackson, but for the Aurora High baseball team to earn a top seed in the postseason, the Greenmen needed some great efforts in league play with a pair of one-run wins over West Geauga.

Aurora, 12-7 overall at the start of this week's action, posted 3-2 and 6-5 Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division victories the Wolverines. That helped AHS earn the top seed at the Division I Struthers sectional-district tournament.

After a first round bye, the Greenmen are slated to play May 13 at 4:30 p.m. at home against either third seed Twinsburg or sixth seed Bedford. After that, the district games will be Bob Cene Park in Struthers.

Aurora was seeded over Kenston, as the Greenmen were 8-3 against its Division I rivals this spring.

"I was surprised that out of the seven schools on our side of the bracket, six voted for us to be the top seed," said head coach Tim Deering.

Junior Josh Andexler won in relief for his first decision of the spring as he replaced sophomore A.J. Kimes in the seventh inning against West G. on May 2. Freshman catcher Bubba Arslanian had a key double and a run scored.

Senior outfielder Jack Updyke had a walkoff, game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning with no outs to key the May 1 win over West G.

Updyke hit a sharp single to the gap in right-centerfield over the outfielders' heads to score the winning run. He had another RBI and a stolen base.

Once again, a relief pitcher got the win --senior Luke Calcei (3-2), who entered in the seventh inning for starter Carter Semancik.

"I don't think we really have a No. 1 pitcher; we have at least five guys that we can pitch," said Deering.

In addition, senior Griff Petersen belted a 2-run homer in the third inning as Aurora moved to 3-3 in the CVC.

Deering is happy to see his offense spark the team in recent games. Freshman Ben Stawicki is hitting .381, while Arslanian (.304) and Petersen have provided some pop.

Junior third baseman Nick Ely is hitting .306, while senior Kirk Janoch and junior Andy Weber are always involved in the offense.

In future action, the Greenmen are scheduled to play at Kenston today (May 7) and Olmsted Falls on May 8, hoist Kenston on May 9 and play at Canton South on May 17.

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