Medina Journal-Register — ALBION - Pounding out 22 hits, front-running Albion romped to a 24-1 victory over Barker Friday to improve to 8-1 in Niagara-Orleans League baseball action.
Avenging an earlier season loss, Medina stayed within a game of the top spot at 7-2 by outlasting host Akron (6-3) 12-10 in eight innings in a key contest for second place.
In Friday’s other N-O games, CSAT (1-8) upended Roy-Hart (4-5) 6-4 and Newfane (3-6) downed rival Wilson (4-5) 11-5.
John Warne had four hits, Ed Narburgh and Connor Barleben three and John Page, Jack Narburgh, Jon Kreiger and Chris Reed two to spark the attack for Albion.
Albion took charge at the outset scoring five quick runs in the first inning as Ed Narburgh and Warne both tripled, Jack Narburgh doubled and Page, Barleben and Kreiger all chipped in with singles.
Making it six straight wins, the Purple Eagles then broke the contest wide open in the third inning erupting for 10 runs highlighted by two-run doubles by Steven Stauss and Ware. Ed Narburgh added two hits in the inning which also included singles by Try Hart, Reed and Jack Narburgh.
Page pitched the first three innings allowing one hit and striking out four. Kreiger and Noah Preston then each hurled two innings.
The loss drops Barker to 3-6.
Medina 12, Akron 10 (8)
AKRON - Medina pushed across a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning on a two-out, two run double by Dan Barnes to nip Akron 12-10. A single by Jason Hellwig and a walk set up the decisive threat.
Matt Riemer then retired Akron in order in the bottom of the eight, including two strikeouts, to preserve the Mustangs victory.
Earlier, Medina had to come-frm-behind twice. First, the Mustangs erased a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the third on a double by Sam Crowley and singles by Zach Newton and Barnes. Later, the Mustangs erased a 9-6 deficit by scoring three runs in the sit on RBI singles by Tyler Colonna and Riemer and an error.
Medina grabbed a 10-9 lead with a run in the top of the seventh on a two out RBI single by Josh Scorger but Akron quickly retied the contest with a tally in the home half of the frame on a wild pitch.
Newton finished with a total of three hits as Hellwig, Barnes and Jake Cotriss each had two.
Akron had nipped Medina 2-1 in an earlier season meeting at Vets Park.