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BASEBALL FINALS: A look back at the dozen best individual performances from the 2021 OHSAA Baseball finals

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, June 22, 2021, 3:26 pm

Now that the results from Akron’s Canal Park have had some time to settle, we look back at a dozen of the top performances from the OHSAA baseball semifinals and finals earlier this month:

(In alphabetical order)

Colin Ames, P/2B, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy — Went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in the 4-1 win over Archbold in the D-III finals, after picking up the win on the mound in the 7-1 semifinal victory over Barnseville. He allowed one run on four hits in five innings, striking out seven and walking three in five innings of work. 

Brady Conley, P, New Albany — Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to get New Albany out of a potential game-tying four-run jam in the sixth, earning the save in the Division 1 championship game win over Cincinnati Elder. Also threw an inning of scoreless relief in New Albany’s 6-2 win over CF Walsh Jesuit in the DI semifinals. 

Parker Falkenstein, CF, Akron Hoban — The freshman’s go-ahead double in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the game-winning RBI in Hoban’s 4-3 win over Vermilion in the DII semifinals. 

Jackson Grimmelsman, P/1B, Cincinnati Elder — Allowed just one run on six hits, striking out four and walking one in Elder’s 4-1 Division 1 semifinal win over Toledo St. John’s, going 2-for-4 t the plate. He was 0-for-3 with a walk in the title-game loss to New Albany. 

Michael Mauro, LF, Warren JFK — Was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in Warren JFK’s 4-0 win over Van Wert Lincolnview in the Division IV finals. 

Landon Price, P/1B, Van Wert Lincolnview — Gave up just one unearned run in a two-hitter, striking out 14 and walking one, as Lincolnview beat Lucasville Valley, 2-1, in the Division IV semifinals. He was 2-for-3 in the 4-0 title-game loss to Warren JFK. 

Cooper Robinson, P/3B, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy — Allowed just one run on two hits, striking out 11 and walking one in a 4-1 win over Archbold in the Division III title game. Robinson walked three times at the plate in a 7-1 semifinal win over Barnesville.

Jayden Seiler, P, Archbold — Tossed a three-hit shutout of Canton Central Catholic in a 1-0 win in the D-III semifinals, striking out six and walking one. 

Gavin Shrum, P/SS, Warren JFK — Tossed a five-hit shutout of Van Wert Lincolnview in the Division IV title game, striking out seven and walking one. Also went 2-for-4 from the plate, scoring a run and stealing a base. In the 3-2 win over Fort Loramie in the semifinals, he was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. 

Matt Terzola, 2B, Akron Hoban — Scored the game-winning run in Akron Hoban’s 10-inning, 2-1 victory over Bloom-Carroll in the Division II title game, walking and advancing to third on a pair of wild pitches, then coming home on a sacrifice fly by Mike Ciavolella. Terzola went 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch in Hoban’s 4-3 win over Vermilion in the semifinals. 

Brock Tibbitts, C, New Albany — Went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored for New Albany in the Division I title-game win over Cincinnati Elder, after going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the 6-2 semifinal win over CF Walsh Jesuit. 

Dillon Walsh, P, Akron Hoban — Tossed four innings of one-hit scoreless relief to get the win in Hoban’s 10-inning, 2-1 victory over Bloom-Carroll in the Division II title game.