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.
Fort Loramie coach Jeff Sanders after 2-1 victory. pic.twitter.com/gEErjLkFEK— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 31, 2018
Fort Loramie’s Billing, whose error allowed Trinity to take a 1-0 lead in the fifth, ties the game with a two-out RBI triple in the sixth. pic.twitter.com/ebzDBcIz0N— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 31, 2018
Great throw from Fort Loramie outfield in fifth to keep deficit at 1-0. pic.twitter.com/uEaH6HbH9A— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 31, 2018
Fort Loramie’s Middendorf has had some control issues but one hit and no runs through three. pic.twitter.com/nEbIXvjtGL— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 31, 2018
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