East Palestine, OH- A walk-off home run propelled Saint John Heralds Baseball to a dramatic victory over Grand Valley Mustangs , 4-3 in game one of a Saturday double header. Saint John trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning when Anthony Severino homered on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. Grand Valley Mustangs got on the board in the third inning. An error scored one run for the Mustangs. Will Anderson was on the hill for the Heralds. Anderson went seven and a third innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out ten. Justin Hagan was on the pitcher’s mound for Grand Valley. The hurler went five innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out four and walking one. Casey Turner and Eric Ellsworth entered the game from the bullpen, throwing three innings and two and two-thirds innings respectively. Saint John tallied one home run on the day and it could not have come at a bigger moment. Severino’s bomb in the eleventh inning cemented the victory for the Heralds. Saint John racked up ten hits. Anderson, Jesus Hernandez, Aaron Wychock, and Severino each racked up multiple hits for the Heralds. Anderson led the Saint John Heralds with three hits in six at bats. John Foss went 2-for-6 at the plate to lead the Grand Valley Mustangs in hits.
With gas still in the tank Saint John secured the lead late in the game in a 14-10 victory over the Grand Valley Mustangs on Saturday in game 2 of a double header. The game was tied at ten with the Heralds batting in the bottom of the sixth when for the second time of the day Anthony Severino answered the call by hitting a single on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. Saint John collected 13 hits and Grand Valley had eight in the run heavy affair. The Mustangs fired up the offense in the first inning, when Casey Turner singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Grand Valley also scored three runs in the fourth inning. Grand Valley’s big inning was driven by singles by Blake Taylor and Justin Hagan. Matt Miller started the game for the Saint John Heralds. Miller allowed four hits and three runs over two innings, striking out five and walking zero. Eric Ellsworth was on the pitcher’s mound for Grand Valley Mustangs. The Mustang surrendered three runs on four hits over two and a third innings, striking out one. Austin Hall, Justin Hagan, and Trenton Murduck each contributed in relief for Grand Valley Mustangs at various points in the game. Saint John collected 13 hits. Ryan Williams, Miller, Severino, and Ezra Campbell all managed multiple hits for Saint John Heralds Varsity Baseball. Williams led Saint John Heralds Varsity Baseball with three hits in four at bats. Hagan went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Grand Valley Mustangs in hits. Grand Valley didn’t commit a single error in the field. Kamden Cottrell had the most chances in the field with eight. The Heralds will take the field again Monday 5/08/23 against NAC opponent Pymatuning Valley and Grand Valley is set to face off against CVC for Middlefield Cardinal on Monday as well.