2022 OHSAA Tournament: Division II State Semifinal - No. 20 Bishop Hartley vs No. 21 Chardon


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2022 OHSAA Tournament: Division II State Semifinal - No. 20 Bishop Hartley vs No. 21 Chardon

AKRON - An old-fashioned pitcher’s duel turned wild in the sixth inning. It then came down to the bullpen and Christian Hall came in to close the door giving Chardon an exciting 6-5 win over Bishop Hartley in the Division II state semifinals Friday night.

A five-run sixth broke a 1-1 deadlock and the Hilltoppers appeared ready to celebrate before Hartley rallied to score four in the bottom of the frame.

But after Dimitri Boumis came in to blank Chardon in the top of the seventh, Hall retired the Hawks in order in the bottom of the frame with a ground out and line out before hauling in a pop up in front of home plate to send Chardon to Saturday’s state finals against defending state champion Hoban in the 7 p.m. finale to the 94th annual state tournament.

Until the sixth,Nolan Kirsh and Emmette Gillies stymied the opposition, each allowing a run in the first inning. However, a Stone Fawcett single and a run-scoring triple by Leo Colombi ignited a Chardon uprising that featured a Kyle Maronde RBI groundout, a Will Francis double and RBIs by Hall, Kirsh and Heath Fetchick.

Hartley came back with four runs thanks to singles from DuShaun Tucker and Alex Ramicone, a hit-by-pitch and a pair of Chardon errors only to fall short against the 21st-ranked D-II squad in the state.

Kirsh picked up the win, permitting three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning six.

Gillies also gave up three earned runs in six innings on the hill, surrendering eight hits and three walks while recording six Ks.

HOT TAKES

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Colombi became the first player in this year’s tournament with three hits in a game, ripping two singles to right field before the big hit in the sixth. Ironically, the Chardon sophomore attempted a bunt after the Fawcett single but after the failed sacrifice, coach Brian Long elected to have Colombi swing away with good results. 

BIG NUMBERS: The game had seven errors, the most in the tournament so far, and also 16 hits, also the most in the eight semifinal contests the past two days.

WHAT’S NEXT: Seven of the nine Bishop Hartley starters were seniors leaving a big void in the 2023 roster for second-year head coach Tim Heinmiller, who led the 20th-rated D-II team in Ohio to the state tournament for the first time since 1996.

LiNESCORE

Chardon             100  005  0  -  6  9  3
Bishop Hartley  100  004  0  -  5  7  4

Records: Chardon 23-9, Bishop Hartley 19-8.

Winning Pitcher: Nolan Kirsh (6 innings 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 7 hits, 6 strikeouts, 3 walks). Other: Christian Hall (1 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks).

Losing Pitcher: Emmette Gillies (6 innings, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 8 hits, 6 strikeouts, 3 walks). Other: Dimitri Boumis (1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 0 walks).

Leading Hitters: (Chardon) - Will Francis single, double, 2 runs; Christian Hall RBI; Nolan Kirsh single, run; Heath Fetchick single, RBI; Stone Fawcett single, run; Leo Colombi 2 singles triple run, RBI; Kyle Maronde single, RBI; Ethan Faber run. (Bishop Hartley) - Emmette Gillies 2 singles, run; Alex Blain run; Peyton Underwood single; Lukas Graham RBI; DuShaun Tucker 2 singles, run; Lukas Paulus single; Warren Markwood run; Alex Ramicone run; Rory Ralson single, RBI.

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