The Columbiana Clippers and Salem Quakers faced off Saturday in the first Mahoning Valley HS Summer Baseball championship. After a 15 game regular season the league held a single elimination tournament with Saturday capping off the season.
Columbiana defeated Western Reserve 9-5 on Wednesday and East Liverpool 5-4 on Thursday to earn their spot in the championship game. Salem beat United 13-6 on Wednesday and downed South Range 7-0 Friday to move on to Saturday.
Firestone park would play host to the championship game but this day Columbiana was the visitors on the scoreboard. The Clippers would jump out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and would never look back as runs were scored in bunches by both teams with the Clippers ultimately winning 20-10 in five innings. The Clippers bats were hot all day long as Columbiana collected 18 hits to go along with their 20 runs. Salem was up for the run scoring challenge adding 7 hits but didn’t quite have the fire power to keep up on the day.
Chase Franken overcame a wild start to throw 4 innings to earn the win. He gave up 1 earned run and struck out 5.
At the plate, the Clippers were led by Ryan Fahs who collected 4 singles, 3 RBI and scored 3 runs. Franken would triple, single and walk three times scoring 5 Columbiana runs. Logan Hoschar doubled on his 3 hit 5 RBI day. Brady Kridly would also collect 3 hits and 3 RBI, while Carson Dota doubled with 4 RBI. Bayden Pipoly had 2 hits scoring 4 runs, Joey Wilczak doubled and Brady Dixon added a triple. It was just a tremendous day at the plate for Columbiana.
Salem was led by Rickey Enlow who was 2-2 including a double and 2 RBI. Brock Young doubled and knocked in 3 while Nick Coletta added 2 hits and scored 2 runs.
Columbiana will finish the summer season with a game Monday at Eastwood Field against Lisbon. First pitch is scheduled at 5:30 at the home of the Scrappers.