Sophomore Ottoniel Soloranzo fanned ten batters Monday afternoon as the Golden Bears topped the Panthers 2-1 in Division III District Semifinal action. Hits were at a premium in this matchup, as both teams combined for three hits. The Panthers looked to rally in the top half of the 7th, but were robbed by two Gold Glove-worthy catches by 2nd baseman Dylan Raber and 1st baseman Braden Hershberger.
Soloranzo retired the first ten Panthers hitters in order and only allowed one hit in his complete-game effort. The sophomore kept batters guessing all game long, finishing with ten strikeouts and only two walks. On the other side of the field, junior Owen Canter was nearly as dominant, striking out eleven and walking three in his own complete-game performance.
Leading the way for the Golden Bears offensively was senior Ean Lehman, who drove in a run on a double in the 2nd inning and finished the game 1-1 with a walk. Also contributing for Waynedale was senior Dylan Raber, who went 1-3 with a stolen base. Canter was his own biggest help offensively as the junior went 1-3 with a stolen base.
With the win, the state ranked #4 Golden Bears (23-4) advance to a rematch of last year’s Division III Copley District final with Gilmour Academy, who advanced with a 4-0 win over Smithville.
NEO Sports Insiders Newsletter
Sign up to receive our NEOSI newsletter, and keep up to date with all the latest Cleveland sports news.