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Edison Blanks Oak Harbor in Districts

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Bryce Roberts shutout Oak Harbor (5-0) in a division three district semifinal on Thursday evening at Shelby High School and his Edison Chargers advance on to district title game on Saturday against Wynford.

The Royals edged Galion (6-5) in the first game played at Shelby on Thursday.

Coach Sean Hoover says Roberts did everything he asked. “Bryce threw a heck of a game. He threw a 74 pitch complete game in the district. You really can’t ask for anything more,” he said.

Hoover says Roberts is always around the plate and that keeps his defense alert. “He only had one walk and he had 10 strikeouts. Bryce is a high volume strike thrower and he has done it for years. He is always a low pitch count guy and he keeps the game moving,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “I really think it helps the defense behind him too because they know that every pitch is going to be around the plate and there is a pretty good chance there is going to be some action coming their way.”

Edison, who finished second behind Vermilion in the Bay Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference this year, has had quality pitching all year. Hoover says that is the key to their success. “Our pitching staff has done a really good job this season. We have three or four guys that just come in and throw strikes. They will put a little wrinkle on a pitch every once in a while to change speeds just to keep the other teams off balance. Our pitching staff has really been throwing well this year,” said Hoover.

Wynford (11-13) was the seventh seed in the district, but Hoover says the Royals are peaking at the right time. “We watched that game with Galion (Thursday) and they hit the ball really well, they were fundamentally sound, they play good defense. They pitch the ball well. They will definitely be a tough opponent on Saturday,” he said.

Published 5/18/18

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Edison Shuts Out Port Clinton

Edison kept itself in the Bay Division race in the Sandusky Bay Conference with a (4-0) win over Port Clinton on Wednesday evening.

Veteran coach Sean Hoover says they have gotten good pitching and they have been pretty good in the field and that has led to some success. “We have pitched really well and played some pretty good defense here lately. Anytime you can put those two things together you are going to have a chance to win,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday night, “We have come up with a few timely hits. We aren’t tearing the cover off the ball by any stretch of the imagination, but our defense and our pitchers have kept us in innings. We have been able to get some guys on and push some runs across when we have needed to.”

They also beat Huron (10-0) on Monday night in division play.

Hoover says they don’t need to be spectacular on defense, but they have been doing what is required. “With defense the main things we always talk about is making the plays that you are capable of making. We aren’t looking for the great plays, but when the ball is hit to you, the double plays you should turn. Things like that that you can take care of defensively. If you can make those plays then you should be in games,” he said.

The Chargers (4-3,3-1) play Willard on Friday and Oak Harbor on Monday in “SBC” play.

Hoover says the Bay Division is going to be a battle this year his opinion. “Oak Harbor has been playing well. Vermilion got us the other day for our one loss. There is a lot of back and forth here, anybody and beat anybody on any given night. So, every team has got to make sure they show up and be ready to go,” he said.

Published 4/12/18

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Edison Blanks Margaretta

Bryce Roberts threw a two-hit shutout Monday evening and the Edison Chargers beat Margaretta (8-0) in a Bay Division in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Coach Sean Hoover says Roberts did an outstanding job of locating his pitches against the Polar Bears. “Bryce threw a great game. He gave up just two hits. He has thrown well for us really for four years. The kid is always around the plate and did a good job of keeping his pitch count down and did another solid job (Monday) night for us,” said Hoover.

Yes you want pitchers to throw strikes, but Hoover says they have to be quality strikes, not just thrown right down the middle. “At this level if you throw balls down the middle the kids are going to hit them. You have to be able to spot your fastball and change speeds. Those are very important and they are things that Bryce does very well,” he said.

Oak Harbor beat Huron (11-2) on Monday and Vermilion downed Port Clinton (11-1) in other games in the Bay Division on Monday.

Hoover believes there is some balance in the division this spring and they have a chance to be there in the end. “This year there are a lot of teams that can compete. There are a lot of us that pretty close to the same level. We have all graduated some pitching recently. So, I think it is going to be a battle back and forth every night,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday after the win, “We would like to think come the end of the season we would have a shot at something. We have to keep working hard and see how things work out.”

Published 4/03/18

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Edison Gets Past Margaretta

 

           On a night when getting the ball in basket was about as easy as putting the ball through the clown’s nose on a miniature golf course, Edison hung on to beat “SBC” rival Maragretta (38-32) in a division three district semi-final on Thursday night at Norwalk School.

          The two teams combined to make just 26 of 87 field goals.

          Edison coach Kyle Hammond says when you play a third time, especially with the intensity of the tournament, it can be hard to score.  “You kind of expected it to be a grind it our kind of game when you play a team three times and you are as familiar as are these two teams are.  Who have to give Margaretta a ton of credit playing kind of short handed and the way they grinded and kept tempo the way it was.  I think coach Keller and his staff did a great job in getting them ready to play,” said Hammond.

          James Hill led Edison with 19 points and he gave the Chargers a nine point lead (36-27) with 2:58 to play in the game, but the Polar Bears closed to four (36-32) with 31 seconds left, but it was too late.

          Angelo Frias, a double figure scorer for the Polar Bears, did not play in the tournament game on Thursday night, due to a violation of the district’s athletic policy.

          Coach Steve Keller thought they played very sound defense, they just couldn’t make enough shots.  “I was really proud of our guys.  We had quite a bit of adversity this week and our guys came out and really battled.  Defensively we were good enough.  We had to play a lot of guys some big minutes and we struggled to put the ball in the basket in the second half.  Defensively we did good things,” he told Swankonsports.com after the game, “Offensively we had good looks we just couldn’t score.  Hats off to Edison they have some very good length.  We will keep at it.  Fortunately these guys are all back, so we will keep working hard in the off season to get better.”

          Margaretta led (22-18) at the half, but Hammond says they got offensive rebounds and some hustle plays in the second two periods of the game and that was big for them.  “That was one the big emphasis in the second half.  We have to be the more aggressive team.  I thought in the first half they were beating us to those 50/50 balls and I think in the second half we got some big offensive rebounds and that made a big difference down the stretch,” said Hammond.

          Bailey Kimberlin had 12 points for Margaretta and Nick Leibacher finished with 11.

          Edison shot just 33 percent and Margaretta made only 27 percent of its shots.  Hammond says their kids did an outstanding job of following the game plan.  “I have to give to my assistants credit for the scouting report they put together and our kids stuck to it,” he said.

          Edison (15-9) returns to Norwalk to play Western Reserve (15-8) in the district final on Saturday afternoon.  They beat the Roughriders (55-38) last season to advance to the regional for the first time ever.  They beat team this year (51-48) on February 18. 

“I told our guys I thought they deserved to get to this point.  I know it has been up and down, but they way they have responded in some really tough times this year they are a great group of kids and I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” said Hammond.

 

Published 3/10/17

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