State baseball: Coldwater advances to D-III state championship

Coldwater will play for its seventh state baseball championship on Sunday after outlasting Cincinnati Roger Bacon 12-7 in a wild Division II high school state semifinal on Saturday afternoon.

Coldwater (26-6) will play the Ridgewood/Canton Central Catholic winner at 7 p.m. Sunday at Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks, a Double-A affiliate of the Indians. The Ridgewood/Central game was played Saturday night, the last of eight state semifinals over two days.

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Joining Coldwater in Sunday’s state finals is defending D-II champ Chaminade Julienne, which defeated Van Wert 7-1 also on Saturday. Springboro (D-I) and Minster (D-IV) were eliminated in Friday semifinals.

Trailing 1-0, Coldwater bunched five runs in the second inning, then trailed 6-5 an inning later. The Cavaliers responded with seven runs following a series of Roger Bacon errors. All but one of the 12 Coldwater runs were unearned. Bacon committed five errors and Coldwater two.

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Pitcher Cole Frilling went 6.1 odd innings to get the win. He started the game, was relieved by Jacob Wenning in the third inning, then returned to finish the game. That was allowed because he never left the lineup after going to second base following his first pitching stint.

Myles Blasingame had two hits for the Cavs. Roger Bacon ended 18-10.

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Coldwater was a state runner-up last season and last won a state baseball title in 2014. The Cavaliers bunched five state championships from 1983-92.

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