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Aurora High baseball unit cruising toward postseason

By STEVE BATKO Correspondent Published: May 3, 2017 1:00 AM
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AURORA -- The Greenmen baseball squad's 10-game winning streak came to an end on an overcast day April 21 as the team dropped a 4-2 non-league contest to Stow-Munroe Falls.

The Greenmen couldn't muster much offense, getting just 3 hits, while the Bulldogs pushed across timely runs coupled with Greenmen errors in the infield.

Stow scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead after Aurora scored one run in each of the first and third innings. The Greenmen fell to 13-2 overall. Stow was 8-10.

"It was a tough loss. I talked to the coaching staff, and we emphasized that we controlled that game for 5 2/3 innings. That's the beauty of baseball, but we had control," explained head coach Michael Brancazio.

"We got sloppy a bit and didn't execute the little things. Credit goes to Stow, which did the little things to win."

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Bulldog pitcher Jordan Jolly scattered 3 hits and struck out 6 batters. Junior Zach Elsawy took the loss and is 2-1 after going 4 2/3 innings and allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Senior southpaw Dominic Tyburski also tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit.

"Zach has good movement on all of his pitches, and it was just a case of things coming together for Stow with a hit, walk, error and another hit with runners on," said Brancazio.

Evan Fromwiller had a single, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored for Aurora, which also got singles from juniors Will Hermanowski and Jacob Blue. Hermanowski is hitting an impressive .476 in a part-time role this spring.

Aurora received the second seed in the Hudson Division I sectional-district tournament.

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Solon is the top seed, followed by Aurora, Hudson, Nordonia, Twinsburg and Kenston. "I was pleased with the draw and we figured we'd be either second or the first," said Brancazio. "There are about six teams in our district that could be No. 1 seeds elsewhere."

After a first-round bye, Aurora will host a sectional final game May 12 at 4:30 p.m. against either Shaker Heights (seventh seed) or Cleveland John Hay (10th seed). Meanwhile, in the only other game played last week, senior Bubba Arslanian had a breakout game in a 9-4 non-league home win over University School. AHS plated 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth frame to seal the win.

The University of Akron football recruit went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, 3 stolen bases and one RBI. On the year, Arslanian has 18 RBI and 11 extra base hits to lead the club. Fromwiller, hitting .462 with 18 runs, has 17 RBI. "Bubba has been great and that's what we expect from him as he is our cleanup hitter and a real team leader," said the coach.

Jaret Rose earned the win on the mound and moved to 3-0. He pitched 5 innings, giving up one hit, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, and struck out 6. Tyburski got the save with 2 scoreless innings.

Junior Brent Henderson had 2 RBI, one hit and 2 steals, while junior Drew McVay had a career high 3 stolen bases, 2 hits and one run. Jonathan Blue, a senior centerfielder, had a solid game with a single, one run, one RBI and one stolen base. Fromwiller had 2 hits, 2 runs and one RBI.

Senior Ben Stawicki added an RBI and a single, while junior Joe Capretta had one RBI and a steal. Jacob Blue had a single and a run. Juniors Jacob Loudon and Chase Coady each had a run, and Loudon had a stolen base.

Aurora is 9-1 in the Suburban League American Conference this spring, and is scheduled to play its final two conference games this week against Tallmadge.


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