TALLMADGE: Continuing a game that was suspended a week earlier because of rain, the Nordonia Knights picked up right where they left off in a 13-2 Suburban League victory at Tallmadge on Thursday.
Last Thursday, the game was suspended in the top of the second inning with the Knights leading 1-0 and a runner on second base.
It took them only two batters for senior Nic Martin to drive in junior Kevin Chonko, who had theoretically been stranded on second base for a week.
Nordonia (15-5, 9-1) was consistent at the plate from that point on, scoring at least one run in every inning. They put up one in the first, two in the second and third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to amass their 13 runs on 13 hits.
Consistency was key for Nordonia on the mound as well, as junior Dave Siegal worked efficiently in the six-inning win.
Siegal gave up six hits in his six innings of work, striking out one and walking two.
His only mistake came in the fourth inning on a leadoff home run served up to Blue Devils’ senior Scott Noel. The home run was Noel’s fifth of the year.
“Dave’s been very consistent this year,” Nordonia coach Drew Hoisington said. “He throws strikes, he gets outs and that’s all you can ask for out of a pitcher. He’s able to really work off his fastball, and once he’s throwing that for a strike he really commands his other pitches and gets outs.”
Siegal pitched to contact all game, with his one strikeout coming in the top of the first inning last week. The Knights used their off-day on Monday to work on fielding, and it paid off as they committed just one error behind Seigal. It came in the sixth inning on a miscommunication of a potential double-play ground ball.
“When you get a day to practice, it really helps you,” Hoisington said. “You can really step back and take a good look at things and what you need to work on. For the past week, we’ve been playing very good defense. And our pitchers know that and feel confident putting the ball in play. They know they don’t have to strike guys out because we’ll make plays for them.”
Fielding was an issue for the Blue Devils (8-9, 3-7), who committed four errors.
“We weren’t mentally focused or ready to roll today,” Tallmadge coach Kenny Linn said. “We can make plays. Sometimes it just gets you. It’s high school baseball. Routine plays are even hard plays in high school ball, whether people want to agree with you or not.”
Sophomore leadoff hitter and center fielder Brandon Talion led the Knights at the plate, reaching base all four times he went to bat, including hitting his first varsity home run.
“Brandon’s a really good hitter,” Hoisington said. “For him being a sophomore on a team full of upperclassmen, he does very well. He’s not intimidated at all.”
Talion finished with two singles, a home run, a walk, a stolen base, three runs and an RBI.
Junior Logan Strauss added two singles and two RBI batting after Talion.
Nordonia holds a one-game lead over Wadsworth heading into the final two weeks of the season.
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