The undefeated teams in City Series baseball will square off today and Wednesday.
Ellet (17-8, 10-0) and Firestone (13-13, 10-0) will meet twice this week at 4:30 to determine who wins the regular-season title.
Firestone hosts today’s game, and Ellet hosts Wednesday’s game.
Ellet coach John Sarver said seniors Andrew Myers, Russell Kline, Cory Campano, Cody Martin, Brandon Hendershot, Zach Ross and Josh Yeager have played key roles in terms of leadership and production.
Myers, Hendershot and junior Zack Artis anchor the pitching staff and Kline is a top hitter. Juniors Jacob Isenhart, Christian Burkhart and Andrew Neal and sophomore Andrew Knicely have also contributed.
“I am a little surprised that we came along as fast as we did,” Sarver said. “We had a lot of seniors graduate from last year. I was a concerned with our experience on varsity. We had a lot of kids who had not played varsity or had limited experience.”
Ellet started 0-4 this season, but has earned wins over North Canton Hoover and Tallmadge and Ravenna. Ellet defeated visiting Massillon 7-3 Thursday in a Division I sectional semifinal and lost to host Lake 1-0 Friday in a sectional final.
Firestone (13-13, 10-0) lost its Division I sectional semifinal to host Stow 5-1 Thursday. The Falcons split a doubleheader against host Twinsburg on Saturday.
“We have really played our best baseball over the past week,” Firestone coach Aaron DeBord said. “Even in losses to Stow, Twinsburg and North Olmsted, we played well.”
DeBord said improved pitching and defense has helped an offense that has produced hits and runs for a majority of the season.
The Falcons feature five seniors: Drew Fite, Tom Lehman, Nick White, Tyler Edgerson and Austin Williams. Juniors Jacob Eberly, Ben Hayes, Richard Burroughs and Robert Hart have also made an impact. DeBord said Lehman and Hayes are Firestone’s most consistent hitters.
Sophomores Corbin White, Alex Cole and Kody Von Stein have also been intriguing this season. Cole and White are the Falcons’ top pitchers, and Von Stein is a solid hitter.
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