La Salle Moves Into DI Regional Baseball Final

05/27/2016

Posted on 5/27/2016 at 10:02 a.m.

Lancers Defeat Northmont, Earn Rematch With Talented Milford

La Salle continued its postseason run Thursday night, combining another good pitching performance with solid defense and timely offense to defeat Clayton Northmont, 8-1, in an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I regional semifinal game at University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium.  The win, La Salle’s fifth in a row, earns coach Joe Voegele’s team a matchup with Milford in the regional final at 5 p.m. today at UC.  The winner earns a trip to the OHSAA State Final Four that begins next Thursday in Columbus.

The game is a rematch of the season opener for both teams, a game Milford won 1-0 way back on March 26 on its home field.  The Eagles advanced to the regional final with a 19-9 win in five innings over Bellfontaine in the first game at UC Thursday.  The Eagles took an early 10-0 lead, only to have to wait through a 75-minute delay caused by lightning and rain, before ending the game after scoring seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.  Milford (28-2) enters today’s reginal final having won 11 consecutive games.

Against Northmont, La Salle (23-7) got a complete-game performance from junior Micah Allen – who ook a shutout into the seventh inning before Northmont scored its lone run.  The Lancers’ offense, which has now scored 18 runs in its last two games, was led by sophomore Griffin Merritt, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, and junior Tyler Wardwell, who was 2-of-3 and drove in two runs.  La Salle has now outscored its postseason opponents, 22-2, and has not allowed more than one run in the four games.

The regional final is a matchup of two of Grater Cincinnati top pitchers in senior Jacob Kaiser of La Salle and senor Kyle Ruehlman of Milford.  Both take 8-1 records into today’s game and are coming off outstanding performances in the postseason.  Kaiser, who is 3-0 in three playoff starts and has allowed only one run, went the distance in La Salle’s 10-0 win over Hamilton in Monday’s district final.  Ruehlman tossed a complete-game, five-hitter in Milford’s 3-1 win over Springboro – the state’s No.-3 ranked Division I team, in the district final.