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Parma, OH- The St. John Heralds saw their season come to a disappointing end on Thursday, losing 16-1 to the Hillsdale Falcons in the District Championship game of the OHSAA playoff tournament.

The game started promisingly for the Heralds, with Anthony Severino singling in the first inning to give them an early 1-0 lead. However, the Falcons quickly responded in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs on an Owen Hoffman ground out, a Brady Heller single, and a Heralds error to take a 2-1 lead.

Hillsdale extended their advantage to 4-1 in the second inning thanks to RBI singles from Brock Bower and Hoffman. But the fourth inning proved disastrous for the Heralds, as the Falcons erupted for 11 runs on eight hits to blow the game wide open.

The Falcons’ fourth-inning onslaught was keyed by hits from Braylen Jarvis, Kael Lewis, Heller, Aiden Hoffman, Gavin Casdorph, Bower, Hoffman again, and Chase Clutter. When the dust settled, Hillsdale had a commanding 15-1 lead.

On the mound, Aaron Wychock took the loss for the Heralds, allowing nine hits and 10 runs (nine earned) over three innings. Casdorph earned the win for Hillsdale, surrendering just one run on five hits over five frames.

Offensively for the Heralds, Brady Cole, Bryson Vennitti, Severino, Ezra Campbell, and Will Anderson each collected one hit. But they could never string together a rally against the Falcons’ pitching.

Bower led the way for Hillsdale’s potent offense, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Jarvis, the two Hoffmans, and Casdorph also had multiple hits for the Falcons, who finished with 14 hits total. They also stole six bases and played error-free defense.

The loss ended the Heralds’ season with a final record of 16-6. While the District Championship game was a disappointment, the team should be proud of an excellent overall campaign.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Photo Credit: Joclyn Nicholas

Hillsdale, OH- In a hard-fought playoff battle, the Grand Valley Mustangs faced off against the Hillsdale Falcons, but ultimately fell short with a final score of 70-54. Despite a valiant effort from the Mustangs, the Falcons’ offensive firepower proved to be too much to handle.

Grand Valley Mustangs: 12 | 10 | 15 | 17 = 54
Hillsdale Falcons: 19 | 16 | 17 | 18 = 70

Grand Valley Mustangs Total Points:

  • Braden Hart: 22
  • Jerry Arrington: 15
  • Bobby Roger: 8
  • Sammy Goforth: 5
  • Payton Plizga: 4

Hillsdale Falcons Total Points:

  • Troy Bennett: 23
  • Braylon Jaris: 19
  • Brian Knichbaum: 18
  • Jack Fickes: 5
  • Gabe Stack: 3
  • Hayden McFadden: 2

Despite facing a formidable opponent in the Falcons, the Mustangs showcased determination and resilience throughout the game. Led by Braden Hart’s impressive performance with 22 points, the Mustangs fought hard to keep pace with the Falcons’ offensive onslaught.

However, the Falcons proved to be a tough challenge, with Troy Bennett leading the charge with an outstanding 23-point performance. Supported by Braylon Jaris and Brian Knichbaum, who contributed 19 and 18 points respectively, the Falcons maintained their lead throughout the game.

Despite the loss, the Mustangs had several standout moments to celebrate this season, including senior Jerry Arrington’s achievement as the all-time leader in rebounds for Grand Valley. Although their playoff journey comes to an end with this defeat, the Mustangs can take pride in their hard work and dedication throughout the season.

As for the Hillsdale Falcons, their victory propels them into the district semifinals of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face off against the Warren JFK Eagles. With their potent offensive attack and resilient defense, the Falcons look to continue their postseason success and advance further in the playoffs.


GATES MILLS OH-  Thursday’s regional semifinal  game against Hillsdale was a heartbreaker for JFK, as they lost the lead late in a 4-3 defeat. The game was tied at three with Hillsdale batting in the bottom of the sixth when Jack Fickes grounded out, scoring one run.

JFK got on the board in the first inning when Aidan Rossi singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

Nick Kandel was the winning pitcher for the Falcons. The fireballer went seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.

Jaden Rishel took the loss for JFK. The righty allowed two hits and two runs over one inning, striking out one.

Freddy Bolchalk started the game for the Eagles. Bolchalk surrendered two runs on five hits over five innings, striking out two

JFK launched one home run on the day. Caleb Hadley had a homer in the first inning. Alex DeSalvo went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Eagles in hits. Kandel led Hillsdale with two hits in four at bats.


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