Medina Journal-Register — Scoring at least five runs in three different innings, Medina Lanes bested Knights of Columbus 19-4 Saturday in the second and deciding game of the Medina Men’s Softball League Thursday Division playoff championship series.
Medina Lanes quickly moved on top to stay by scoring five times in the top of the first inning ignited by singles by Chuck Hughes, Cliff Brown, Shaun Oberther and Joe Sanders which plated two runs.
KofC answered with one run in the first, on a single by Cole Bronson, and twice in the second, on singles by Ryan Newton, Tom Tibbs, Joe Rosenbeck and Van Morgott, to cut the deficit to 6-3 but could get no closer.
Up 8-4, Medina Lnes broke the game open with five runs in the fifth frame as Curtis Foss, Chris Foss, Hughes and Oberther all drove in runs.
The Lanes then closed out the victory with six runs in the sixth as Oberther singled in two and Hughes, Brown and Casey Busenbark each drove in one.
Hughes and Oberther both had a total of four hits, Brown and Busenbark three and Sanders two.
Ryan Newton had three hits and Cole Bronson two for KofC.
KofC forced a second and deciding contest by winning the title round opener 16-12 rebounding from a 7-2 first inning deficit.
After scoring twice in the first, on a single by Donnell Bennett, and twice in the second, on hits by Morgott and Don Baker, KofC erupted for five runs in the top of the third to take the lead for the first time at 9-7. Bennett again singled in two as a double by Zach Beyer and sacrifices by Newton and Tibbs plated the others.
KofC later clinched the win by scoring five times in the seventh on a two-run single by Bennett, RBI singles by Bronson and Chad Ramming and a fielders choice play. Singles by Mark Morse and Daryl Froman set up the threat.