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Division II State Semifinals: All Northeast Ohio Finals Set As Hoban, Chardon Advance

Akron, Ohio

Archbishop Hoban knocked off Badin. Chardon used a big sixth inning to take down Bishop Hartley. Thus, setting up an all-northeast Ohio showdown Saturday night. A showdown for the Division II Championship at Canal Park.

Archbishop Hoban 4 Badin 3

The hometown Archbishop Hoban Knights (23-9) took another step in their quest to repeat as state champions. They took down the Badin Rams (26-7) 4-3 Friday afternoon at Canal Park. The Knights would fall behind early, though, in the top of the first. Badin senior Landyn Vidourek scored on a throwing error after being walked to lead off the inning. One out later, Rodney Rachel laid down a bunt. Lucas Moore scored and gave the Rams an early 2-0 lead.

In the home half of the first, Masud Jennings led things off with a walk. Michael Ciavolella doubled to center, giving the Knights runners at second and third with no outs. Nolan Holmgren was hit by a pitch. Then two pitches later, Zack Zimmerman hit a single through the middle of the infield. This brought home Jennings and made it a 2-1 game after one.

Both teams drew walks in the second but went quietly other than that. However, in the bottom of the third, the Hoban offense struck. Ciavolella drew a one-out walk. Then after Holmgren and Zimmerman both hit singles, the Knights had the bases loaded again. With two outs, Nathan Shimmel drew a walk that scored Ciavolella and Parker Falkenstein hit a single to center, scoring Holmgren and Zimmerman to go up 4-2 through three innings.


Badin would get a pair of singles from Brycen Fox and Vidourek in the fourth, but couldn’t bring them across. The Rams would narrow the gap in the fifth after Brady Imhoff and Cooper Fiehrer drew two-out walks and a Diego DiCello single scored Imhoff to make it 4-3. That would be it offensively for the Rams, as, outside of a Jimmy Nugent single in the seventh, Knights reliever Caleb Kepler set them down in order. Nik Copenhaver picked up the loss for Badin as the senior went five innings and struck out 11 while giving up four runs on five hits and three walks.

Noah LaFine picked up the win for Hoban, going 4.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits and six walks while striking out six. Copenhaver came on in relief in the fifth and went 2.1 innings, giving up two hits and one walk with one strikeout. Zimmerman led the way for the Knights offensively, going 2-3 with an RBI, and Parker Falkenstein drove in two runs of his own.

Hoban now advances to Saturday night’s Division III State Championship game and looks to bring home their second straight title after beating Bloom-Carroll 2-1 in last year’s game. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 pm at Canal Park and tickets must be purchased in advance from .


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Chardon 6 Bishop Hartley 5

It was a defensive struggle for most of the game but both offenses exploded in the sixth. But it was the Chardon Hilltoppers (23-9) who came out on top. Taking down the Bishop Hartley Hawks (19-8) Saturday night at Canal Park. Chardon got on the board first thanks to singles from Will Francis and Nolan Kirsch. Then Francis moved to third on an error. Jake Barker struck out. Hawks catcher, Peyton Underwood, tried to catch Kirsch stealing second and his throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Francis to score.

The Hawks would get one of their own in the bottom of the first. Emmette Gillies and Underwood hit singles and Dimitri Boumis drew a walk to load the bases. Lukas Graham grounded out to first, but Gillies was able to cross the plate, tying the game after one. Things would stay quiet on both sides scoring wise until the sixth, though both teams had their opportunities, combining to leave ten runners on base.


The Hilltoppers offense exploded in the top of the sixth as freshman Stone Fawcett led off the inning with a single and then sophomore Leo Colombi drove a triple to right-center, scoring Fawcett and giving Chardon the lead. The offense wasn’t done yet though, as they would score four more runs in the inning thanks to RBI from Kyle Maronde, Christian Hall, and Heath Fetchik to go along with a Hawks error to make it 6-1.


Bishop Hartley answered right back in the bottom half of the inning, putting up three runs of their own courtesy of an RBI single by Rory Ralston and a series of Chardon errors to bring the score to 6-5 heading into the seventh. After being unable to convert on a Maronde single in the top of the inning, the Hilltoppers brought on pitcher Christian Hall in relief and he shut down the Hawks comeback dreams, retiring the side in order.

Emmette Gillies went six innings for the Hawks, giving up three earned runs on eight hits, and three walks while striking out six, picking up the loss. Nolan Kirsch picked up the win for the Hilltoppers going six innings and giving up three earned runs on seven hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts. Christian Hall picked up the save with his one inning of work. Leo Colombi had a great game offensively for Chardon finishing 3-4 with an RBI on the evening.

The win sends Chardon to its first championship game in school history and sets up an all-northeast Ohio final where they will square off with Hoban in the nightcap of championship weekend. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 pm at Canal Park in Akron and tickets must be purchased in advance at .

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