Blackbirds edge Panthers to advance to baseball sectional final

Staff Report

STRYKER – Pettisville baseball opened tournament play with a 6-5 win over Stryker in a Division IV sectional semifinal Tuesday in Stryker.

The Blackbirds held the Panthers scoreless the last three innings, enabling them to take the lead for good.

Logan Rufenacht earned the win on the mound, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Daniel Fether took the loss for Stryker.

Tommy McWatters went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, while Rufenacht finished 3 for 4 to lead Pettisville’s offensive attack. Gideon Myers (1 for 3) also drove in a run for the Birds.

Pettisville (4-13) next travels to Antwerp to take on the top-seeded Archers for a district title Thursday at 5 p.m.

Staff Report