RICHMOND - On the big stage, Nolan Marcus didn't shy away from the lights Saturday.
Edison's junior hurler surrendered just a two-out, sixth-inning bloop single to Indian Creek's Alex Young and struck out nine on his way to complete game one-hit victory, helping the Wildcats to advance, 7-0, in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 5A semifinals.
"He pitched an outstanding game," said Edison head coach Mike Collopy of Marcus. "The key to this game versus some of the other games he's pitched is he got ahead. He pitched, and wasn't trying to throw by everybody.
BLANKED — Edison’s Storm Allese signals his teammates after ripping an RBI double as Indian Creek’s Zach Williams heads back to his position during the Wildcats’ 7-0 win over the Redskins in an OVAC Class 5A semifinal game Saturday in Richmond.
"He just located the pitches that coach called. Coach (Jim) Marcus called a heck of a game, and we made plays behind him when we put it in play."
Added Indian Creek head coach Mike Cottis, "All you can do is tip your hat to him. He threw a heck of a game.
"We were up there cutting, taking our swings, but when we put the ball in play a couple times they made the plays. The bottom line is he threw a great game."
The No. 2 seed Wildcats manufactured their first run in the bottom half of the opening frame. Dylan Jones and Josh Pasek led things off with back-to-back singles. Marcus grounded into a fielder's choice that put Dylan Jones out at third. Marcus and Pasek advanced to second and third on a passed ball, setting up an Alec Jones sacrifice fly to right that scored Pasek for the 1-0 lead.
The lead became 2-0 in the third as Dylan Jones reached on a one-out single followed by a Pasek walk. Marcus then helped his cause with a base knock that scored Dylan Jones.
"We came out ready to play, but they got the key hits when they needed them," said Cottis. "We have a lot of season left. We'll keep our heads up, we'll keep battling, and we'll be OK."
Edison broke things open a little in the bottom of the fifth. Pasek drew a walk followed by a Marcus single. Alec Jones pushed them to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Brian Straka then scored Pasek on a ground out to second and Storm Allese blasted a double that plated Marcus for the 4-0 lead.
"The fifth inning was a key inning," said Collopy. "It was 2-0 at that point. We had a good bunt to move the runners over, then Brian Straka did a good job of situational hitting to get a run, and Storm Allese had a big double.
"Any time you can add a couple of runs late in the game, regardless of the situation, you always give yourself a better chance to win."
The Wildcats put it away in the sixth as Pasek drove in Austin Horan with a single, and a Straka single scored Dylan Jones. A throwing error on Straka's RBI single allowed Pasek to score as well for the Wildcats' seventh run.
Edison moves on to face Cambridge, 10-2 winners over No. 1 seed Wheeling Park, 1:30 p.m. next Saturday at Vaccaro Field for the OVAC 5A crown. Before that the Wildcats host Oak Glen Monday at 5:30 p.m. and welcome the Patriots Wednesday.
"It was the semifinal today, but we have a week full of games," said Collopy. "We're not looking beyond Monday, and once we get to Saturday we'll be ready to play the finals."
Indian Creek is at Big Red Monday, hosts Wheeling Park Tuesday, is at Carrollton Wednesday, and at Weir Friday.
"The kids were happy to have a chance, but obviously we wished for a better outcome," said Cottis. "We fell in a hole OVAC-wise, and we came back were able to squeak in at the three-spot. I'm proud of these guys.
"We obviously have a lot of season left, and we'll be fine."
Edison 7, Indian Creek 0
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Edison 101 023 x - 7 13 0
INDIAN CREEK: Bolyog (LP, 3K, 2BB), Yeater (5th, 0K, 1BB), Young (6th, 1K, 0BB) and Yeater, Freshwater (5). Young S.
EDISON: Marcus (WP, 9K, 3BB) and Glasure. D. Jones 3S, 2R; Pasek 2S, RBI, 3R; Marcus 2S, RBI, R; A. Jones RBI; Straka S, 2RBI; Allese S, D, RBI; Glasure S; Wilkin D; Horan S, R.
Cambridge upsets Wheeling Park
WHEELING - The Cambridge baseball team upset No. 1 seed Wheeling Park, 10-2, Saturday in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 5A semifinals. The Bobcats face Edison, 7-0 winners over Indian Creek, next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Vaccaro Field.
Ben Standiford earned the victory for Cambridge, striking out five over seven innings. Kyle Ritz had a pair of doubles and drove in four runs for the Bobcats. Devon Francis had a double and two RBIs as well.
Justice Jackson and Michael Grove each had an RBI for the Patriots.
Cambridge 10, Wheeling Park 2
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Wheeling Park 000 110 0 - 2 5 4
CAMBRIDGE (13-6): Ben Standiford (WP, 5K, 5BB) and Quintin Fettes. Wilkinson 2S, RBI, R; Ritz 2D, 4RBI, R; Standiford S, RBI; Hamilton R; Huffman 2S; Sunnafrank 3S, R; Hardesty R; For S, R; Francis D, 2RBI, 2R; Tingle S, RBI 2R.
WHEELING PARK (19-3): Andrew Kowalo (LP, 5K, 2BB), Matt Brooks (5th, 1K, 2BB), Eric Crow (7th, 0K, 0BB) and Matt Hackathorn. Banks 2S; Jackson S, RBI, R; Grove S, RBI; McCave S; Massey R.