Colts Prep For Chargers In District Semi

  • 5/16/2017 12:01:25 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

BELLVILLE, OH-  After stopping the Bucyrus Redmen 3-0 last Friday to win the Division III sectional, the 14-11 Clear Fork Colts now turn their attention to Thursday's D-3 district semifinal at Shelby where the Colts will be facing the 14-10 Edison Chargers. Like Clear Fork, Edison won in shutout fashion 3-0 over Crestview.  

On the win over the Redmen, Colts baseball coach Rusty Staab said it started on the hill.  "Mitch Dulin (7-2, 2.07era) pitched a great game.  It's tournament time and this is his sophomore year, but he won some big games for us last year during our tournament run.  We didn't want to have to use other people we didn't have any games until after Tuesday and we didn't play until Thursday so Mitch was the choice to pitch and he pitched a great game."

On Thursday at Shelby, the Colts will look to defend their district championship when they face off against Edison, who like the Colts have an ace of their own in senior pitcher Clay Cooper (7-1).  "Cooper is one heck of a pitcher," says Stabb.  He pitched last year in the district semifinal against Galion and I think their defense kinda let them down, but they're probably out for bear this year they are a bunch of juniors and seniors."

"I think they are a beatable team," says Dulin.  If we come in there and bring our "A" game we can beat them.  I heard they have a pretty decent pitcher, but I think it's nothing we have not seen yet."

After advancing to the final four in Division III a season ago, expectations have been high even before the season began.   Once the season started the team has had to deal with several injuries to key players, but most are back as the Colts prep for what they hope will be a return trip to Huntington Park.

"It has not been an easy road," says Staab.  But we're here.  The season started in the gym in February and here it is May and we're in the districts.  All that stuff hopefully is gonna help us down the road and we've kinda had this idea all along."

"No, it's not easy, says Dulin.  But I think we just need to stay inside ourselves and just do our part."  For Dulin, he's been there before pitching in big games a year ago and the experience helps.  "It really does, Summer ball helps a lot too with being prepared for these tougher games and more intense situations."

Should the Colts stop Edison on Thursday, they could be matched up with #3 seeded Galion in the district final on Saturday at 1 pm back at Shelby.  If the Tigers beat Margaretta in their semi, the D-3 district final will feature the same two teams as a season ago when both met at Madison with Clear Fork coming out on top 4-1.  

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