Swanton rallied with four runs in the seventh inning for a 6-5 walk-off victory at home over Wauseon in Northwest Ohio Athletic League baseball action Wednesday in a makeup game.
Hunter Mix’s two-run base hit sealed the win for the Bulldogs. For the game, he finished 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs batted in.
Mix also started the game on the mound and pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Jayde Kruzel finished off the seventh inning to pick up the win.
Brady Thomas took the loss in relief for Wauseon. Connar Penrod started the game where he allowed five runs on 10 hits with 14 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.
Billy Nowakowski added two hits in four at bats for the Dogs, both driving in a run and scoring one.
Swanton added a 10-3 home win over Cardinal Stritch on Friday. It was their final home game of the season.
However, they dropped a 3-1 decision at Ottawa Hills Saturday.
Swanton drew first blood with a run in the top of the first inning, but they failed to tack on throughout the game, leaving the Green Bears with a chance in the home half of the sixth.
Following a strikeout, Ottawa Hills got back-to-back singles from Alex Nemunaitis and Michael McGee. This brought up Jackson Hanrehan, and the lefty pounded one over the fence in right field to give the Bears a two-run lead with just one at bat left for Swanton.
The Dogs had the heart of their order up in the top of the seventh, however, new pitcher Adam Hamilton sent them down in order, ending the game. Hamilton replaced Nemunaitis who went the first six innings, limiting the Bulldogs outside of their first-inning run. Swanton would leave 10 runners on base for the game.
Roman Epley went the entire way for Swanton but was charged with the loss.
An Epley walk and Michael Lawniczak’s long single, plus a wild pitch helped the Dogs get their lone run in the first. Derek Floyd then drove in Epley for the early lead.
They also loaded the bases in the top of the fifth. Epley tripled to center field with one out, then Lawniczak was given a free pass and following an out, Floyd drew a base on balls. Nemunaitis got out of it by punching out Zach Zawodni.
A pair of walks by Austin Luce and Tommy Chonko, along with Luce’s stolen base and a wild pitch put runners at the corners with one out in the sixth for Swanton. Ottawa Hills erased that threat when Mix hit into a double play.
Swanton travels to Defiance in an added game Tuesday. They are at Bryan Friday at 5 p.m. for a Division II sectional championship contest.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010