Fort Loramie rallies to advance to state baseball championship game

Middendorf pitches complete game against Trinity

Fort Loramie scored the tying run in the sixth inning and the go-ahead run in the seventh to beat Garfield Heights Trinity 2-1 in a Division IV state baseball semifinal Thursday at Huntington Park.

The Redskins (26-6) will play Hicksville (21-5) in the state championship game at 10 a.m. Saturday. Hicksville, which won its only state title in 1978, beat Whiteoak 4-1 in the second semifinal.

Fort Loramie seeks its third state championship. It won in 2010 and 2007.

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Junior CJ Billing, whose throwing error allowed Trinity to score in the fifth, drove in the tying run with a two-out triple to center field in the sixth, scoring junior Carter Mescher.

In the seventh, a sacrifice fly by Shane Hilgefort scored Ben Barhorst to give the Redskins their first lead.

Jared Middendorf pitched a complete game for Fort Loramie. He allowed three hits, walked five and struck out six.


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