Top-seeded Sacred Heart crushed its first-round opponent in the Kaysinger Conference baseball tournament Saturday at Lincoln.
The Gremlins beat ninth-seeded Lincoln 18-1 in a game called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Chance Spangler earned the win, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts in five innings. Devyn Strathman was charged with the loss.
Sacred Heart pounded out 19 hits that included a big day by Garrett Strange. He went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a two-run homer in the second inning that gave the Gremlins an 8-1 lead.
Caleb Tanguay went 1 for 2 with a triple and four RBIs, and Clint Spangler went 2 for 3 with a double and four RBIs, as the Gremlins improved to 13-0.
Ben Smeltzer (4 for 4), Jackson Smith (3 for 4), Mason Kelchner (2 for 3), Kolin Brace (2 for 3) and Michael Hohne (2 for 3) each had one RBI.
Sacred Heart is scheduled to play the winner of the Cole Camp-Green Ridge game at 4 p.m. today in Cole Camp.
Smithton 5, Northwest 3
Anthony Koeller hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run double in the seventh inning to propel the sixth-seeded Smithton Tigers to a 5-3 upset of third-seeded Northwest on Saturday in the Kaysinger Conference baseball tournament at Lincoln.
Jeff Bell went 4 for 4, and Damien Hendricks went 3 for 3 with a walk to lead the Tigers.
Jacob Watson was the winning pitcher, yielding three runs on six hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Northwest took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but the Tigers sliced their deficit to 3-2 in the sixth.
The game was delayed three times because of lightning.
Sacred Heart at Capital City Classic
The Sacred Heart Gremlins didn’t have a good weekend at the Capital City Soccer Classic in Jefferson City.
They didn’t score a goal in three matches and lost Morgan Bogue and Laura Wadley to injuries in their 3-0 loss to Jefferson City on Friday night.
According to Sacred Heart athletic director David Fall, they are expected to return this week or next.
Rock Bridge beat the Gremlins 2-0 in Friday’s other game, and Springfield Catholic beat them 3-0 Saturday.