By Jordan Miller
One and done.
The Carrollton Warriors baseball team entered tournament play seeded No. 6, allowing them to host the No. 10 seeded Maysville Panthers May 10.
Neither team was scored in the first seven innings of regulations, forcing the opening tournament game to go nine innings.
With the game still scoreless in the top of the ninth inning, the Panthers’ Tanner Ashcraft reached base on a walk.
Clay Mercer advanced Ashcraft with an infield single.
With Elijah Miller at bat, Carrollton pitcher Michael Howell balked a pitch, advancing runners to third and second base. Miller then flew out to deep center field, allowing Ashcraft to tag and score from third for what proved be the winning run.
With life dwindling down for the Warriors in the bottom of the ninth inning, Howell singled to left center field with one out. Austin Lewis entered the game as Howell’s pinch runner.
Lewis advanced to second on a passed ball. Jacob Grubbs grounded out to short for the second out of the inning, advancing Lewis to third base.
With the tying run on third base and two outs, Bryce Ferrell stepped to the plate, eventually flying out to right center field to end the game.
Brian Riggs and Howell led the Warriors at the plate with two hits each.
Howell pitched all nine innings, allowing four hits and fanning four Panthers.
The Warriors were able to sweep the Salem Quakers last week in Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) action.
Carrollton hosted the Quakers May 9, picking up a 12-2 victory.
Carrollton trailed 2-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning before rattling off nine runs in the inning. Scoring for the Warriors in third inning were: Luke Krantz, Aidan Pasiuk (twice), Cole Russell (twice), Riggs, Ferrell, Grubbs and Howell.
Ferrell and Kory Host were each able to score a run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Brock Albaugh crossed the plate for a run in the fifth inning.
Howell led the Warriors at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double.
In game two at Salem May 12, the Warriors won 5-4.
Host and Pasiuk accounted for the Warriors’ two runs in the top of the first inning.
Howell and Albaugh scored the Warriors second pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning followed by a Krantz run in the fifth inning.
Salem scored a run in the bottom of the first inning and a pair of runs in the second inning.
They tacked on another run in the third inning.
Krantz led the winners at the plate with two hits, including a double.
Riggs pitched the first two innings of the game, allowing five hits and striking out two batters. Krantz pitched the final five innings, walking two, allowing two hits and fanning one batter.
The Warriors finished third in the NBC with a record of 7-7. Marlington won the league with a record of 12-2. A May 16 game at Sandy Valley finished the season.