SHADYSIDE - The pressure was on as Harrison Central was looking to halt a two-game skid and Shadyside is in a three-way contest for its position in the OVAC Class 2A baseball standings coming down to the wire for tournament pairings.
The Huskies snapped their losing streak, 6-1, and Shadyside coach Mike Meintel getting out the calculator and watching the scoreboard to see where his Tigers would finish in the standings.
"Tonight was about getting everything set up for OVACs," said the Tigers veteran coach. "We are in a battle with Bridgeport and Steubenville Central and the way it looks right now, if all the games are rained out tomorrow it is going to be close, two through four would be split by a tenth to as little as one hundredth of a point."
While Harrison Central is firmly perched at No. 1 in Class 4A, head coach Justin Clifford was relieved to get the win.
"When you lose two straight ball games your confidence gets shaken. We needed this to get our confidence back," he said.
"I though Ryan (Rose) gave a big pitching performance tonight, he kept their hitters off balance and threw strikes. You throw strikes and field the ball, it sounds like pretty simple stuff,"
Rose allowed three hits and one unearned run as he struck out a pair and walked just one Tiger batter.
Meanwhile Trey Myers was making his first varsity start on the mound for Shadyside.
"Trey did a real nice job for us," Meintel complimented. "A side arm pitcher like that you usually run through the rotation twice and then replace him, but Trey went through the lineup four times and they eventually timed him up but you have to save the arms for OVACs."
Zak Frizzi pitched the seventh inning for the Tigers.
It was a 2-1 Huskies lead when they came to bat in the sixth inning.
With two outs and a runner in scoring position Kalub Mitchell reached on an error. Dalton Rutter came to the plate and made the Tigers pay with a two-run single.
Rutter paced the Huskies with three singles and the pair of RBIs. Dustin Redish, Kalub and Rashaen Mitchell, and Rose all had two singles and an RBI. Austin Kowalski reached twice, once drawing a walk and once hit by a pitch scoring on both occasions.
Austin Dorris notched the only RBI for the Tigers.
The Tigers will host Magnolia while the Huskies travel to Martins Ferry this evening.
Harrison Central 6, Shadyside 1
Harrison Central 100 103 1 - 6 11 1
Shadyside 100 000 0 - 1 3 2
HARRISON CENTRAL: Rose (WP) and Staten; Rutter 3S, 2RBI; Redish 2S, RBI; R. Mitchell 2S, RBI; K. Mitchell 2S, RBI; Rose 2S, RBI.
SHADYSIDE: Myers (LP), Frizzi (7) and Dorris; Dorris RBI.