Swanton baseball suffered a pair of convincing losses in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League last week, falling 14-0 at Liberty Center Thursday and 8-1 at home against Patrick Henry Saturday morning.
With the defeats, the Bulldogs drop to 1-3 in the NWOAL.
On Saturday, the Patriots scored a pair of runs in the first inning, Swanton stranded a pair in their half, then Patrick Henry continued to build on the lead as the game continued.
Aiden Behrman of Patrick Henry led off the game with a double to deep left field. Landon Johnson drove him in with a base hit, then advanced to second base when the throw came home.
Johnson wouldn’t be there for long as Logan Hudson blooped one to center that dropped in, making the difference 2-0.
However, Swanton starter Ryan O’Shea was able to get the next three hitters, ending the threat.
For the Bulldogs, Garrett Swank opened the bottom of the first with a single, moved to second on a passed ball, then after an out he stole third during O’Shea’s at bat.
O’Shea would rifle a ball back to Patriot pitcher, Hudson, who came home with it in time to catch Swank at the plate. Kaden Curtis reached on a PH error placing runners at the corners, however, Hudson got a strikeout to keep Swanton off the board.
In the next half inning, Houston Miranda was hit by a pitch. He later stole second and rode home on another Behrman hit.
Later in the frame, Johnson’s groundout scored Behrman for a 4-0 PH lead.
The Patriots closed its scoring in the top of the sixth. Mason Schwiebert doubled to left center to lead it off and Miranda drew a walk, forcing O’Shea off the mound after five full innings of work.
The next batter popped out on a bunt, but then Behrman drove in Schwiebert to extend the lead. Johnson also drove in a run and Nash Meyer’s ball that was dropped in right another, pushing the margin to 8-0.
Swanton was able to push across a run in the home half of the seventh.
Hunter Gowing led off with a single and later swiped second. John Heckert’s one-out single plated Gowing to make the score 8-1.
Following a pop out, Swank singled and stole second putting a pair of runners in scoring position. But, Drew Smigelski grounded out ending both the scoring threat and the game.
Swank and Smigelski each went 2 for 4 on the day, pacing Swanton offensively. Johnson (3 for 4) drove in four runs and also scored twice for PH.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.