STEUBENVILLE - The Redskins fell just a little short Wednesday at Vaccaro Field.
Despite outhitting Carrollton 10-6, Indian Creek came out on the losing end of a 6-5 decision in the Ohio Division II sectional tournament.
"These guys have nothing to hang their heads about," said Indian Creek head coach Mike Cottis. "They busted their butts. We had a few baserunning blunders that possibly could have cost us if we got some big hits behind them. We'll never know.
SAFE? — Carrollton’s Zach Fry scores a run as Indian Creek catcher Cole Yeater appears to make the tag during the Redskins’ 6-5 loss to the Warriors Wednesday at Vaccaro Field.
-- Fred Younce
"You have to tip your hat to Carrollton, they made the plays when they had to. Their pitcher (Jeremiah Lowery) threw a good game. What are you going to do?"
Trailing 3-2 after three and a half innings, the Warriors put up two runs in the fourth and fifth frames and survived a sixth-inning rally by the Redskins to hold on for the victory.
"The kids have done that all year," said Carrollton head coach Butch Wood about his team. "We've played in a tough league which has prepared us for this. The NBC (Northeastern Buckeye Conference) is a very good baseball league. Our kids don't give up, and that's just a good attitude to have."
Carrollton loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth on a Lowery single, when Mirko Dobrijevic reached on a fielder's choice, and on a Zach Fry walk. Lowery scored on a passed ball, making the score 3-3 with runners on second and third. Dobrijevic attempted to score on a passed ball, but Adam Freshwater ran the ball down and beat Dobrijevic to the plate for that tag at home to save a run. A Brandon Johnson walk put runners at the corners, moving Cottis to replace starting pitcher Cole Yeater with Tanner Wise. Wise made a pick off move to first. In the rundown Fry broke for home, a throw was made to the where Yeater, who moved to catcher, appeared to make the tag. Fry was called safe though, and the Warriors claimed the lead at 4-3.
"I thought he was clearly out, but there's the human error aspect," said Cottis. "I respect the game, I respect the boys in blue that are calling it.
"It could have gone either way. It just didn't go our way today."
The Warriors added two more in the fifth when a Tyler Krantz groundout to short allowed a runner to score and Lowery connected for an RBI single.
The battled back in the sixth. Freshwater got things started with a two-out single. Alex Young then crushed a triple to left center that pushed Freshwater home. Young then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-5.
Unfortunately for Indian Creek that was as close as they'd get as Lowery sat the Redskins down in order in the seventh on two groundballs to shortstop Andrew Collins and flyout to centerfielder Brandon Johnson.
"We're very strong up the middle," said Wood.
"Our catcher (Storm Mohn), shortstop, and center fielder are three guys I'd out up against anybody. They're very good.
"They're sound, and most of our seniors have been starting for three years now so they've got a lot of experienced. We pride ourselves on defense. We work hard on that."
The Warriors plated a run in the first on a Krantz RBI single and another in the second when Dobrijevic scored on a wild pitch.
The Redskins first two runs with a Sean Smith RBI triple and a Jonathan Woodbury RBI single. Their third run came when Zach Williams scored on the Warriors lone error of the ballgame.
The loss ends Indian Creek's season as Cottis says farewell to an outstanding group of senior leaders.
"I can't say enough about the Young brothers, Alex and Anthony," he said. "Dustin Rath did a great job this year. Drew Sullivan came back out this year and was a great role player for us.
"I can't say enough about them. They're great kids and I'm going to miss them dearly."
Carrollton advances to face the winner of today's matchup between Harrison Central and Buckeye Local in Saturday's 2 p.m. sectional co-final at Vaccaro Field.
"Honestly I don't know a whole lot," said Wood. "I know they play tomorrow night, and that's about it. I know Harrison has a good record, but I know Buckeye and Harrison split so I don't know who's going to come out and win that.
"We take care of ourselves. We'll come out and play Saturday, and that's what we're looking forward to, whichever team it is."
Carrollton 6, Indian Creek 5
Indian Creek 021 002 0 - 5 10 2
Carrollton 110 220 x - 6 6 1
INDIAN CREEK: Yeater (LP, 2K, 2BB), Wise (4th, 0BB, 0K), Young (5th, 2K, 0BB) and Freshwater, Yeater (4). Young S, T, RBI, R; Wise S; Williams S, D, R; Rath R; Smith S, T, RBI, R; Woodbury S, RBI; Crawford S; Freshwater S, R.
CARROLLTON: Lowery (WP, 0K, 5BB) and Mohn. Collins S, 2R; Mohn S, R; Krantz S, 2RBI; Lowery 2S, R, RBI; Dobrijevic S, R; Fry R.