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WEST BRANCH HANGS ON IN SECTIONAL FINAL AGAINST FALCONS

Beloit, OH- The West Branch Warriors held off a late comeback attempt by the Jefferson Falcons to secure a 6-4 victory in the OHSAA sectional final on Wednesday. The Warriors looked to be in control after building a 6-0 lead, but had to fend off the Falcons who closed to within two runs by the end of the contest.

West Branch jumped out to the early advantage, plating four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Hunter Shields kicked off the scoring with an RBI single, and Beau Alazaus followed with a three-run double to make it 4-0 Warriors. They tacked on two more in the fourth to extend the lead to 6-0.

The Falcons finally broke through against Alazaus in the late innings, scoring single runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth frames to make it a 6-4 game. But Alazaus and reliever Jaxon Robb were able to slam the door, securing the sectional championship for West Branch.

Alazaus was masterful on the mound, earning the win after allowing just two hits and no runs over six shutout innings. He struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk. Luke Lambert took the loss for Jefferson after surrendering six runs (four earned) on four hits and seven walks in four innings of work.

Offensively, Alazaus and Shields led the way for the Warriors, each driving in two runs. Shields collected two of West Branch’s four hits. The Warriors worked eight walks and stole five bases to manufacture their runs. For the Falcons, Giovanni Matticola had two RBIs while Devin Salinas and Lambert recorded two hits apiece.

With the victory, West Branch advances to take on Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in the district semifinal on May 20th. The Warriors kept their season alive by surviving this dramatic sectional final against Jefferson

FALCONS WIN WAR IN THE SKY AGAINST EAGLES

Jefferson, OH- Marillia Matuz collected three hits in three at bats, as the Jefferson Falcons defeated the Geneva Eagles 12-5 on Wednesday. Matuz hit a home run to center field in the second inning, singled in the first inning, and singled in the fifth inning.

The Geneva Eagles were the first to get on the board in the first when Alyssa Palmisano singled, scoring two runs.

The Jefferson Falcons jumped into the lead in the bottom of the second when Matuz homered to center field, scoring three runs, and Rylee DeMattia singled, scoring one run.

The Jefferson Falcons scored five runs on six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kennidie Rogers singled, scoring one run, Ada Sirrine singled, scoring one run, Lani Zeman scored after tagging up, and DeMattia doubled, scoring two runs.

Sirrine started in the circle for the Jefferson Falcons. The righty gave up 11 hits and five runs (three earned) over seven innings, striking out six and walking three.

Caidyn Siegel led things off in the circle for the Geneva Eagles. They surrendered seven hits and seven runs over three and one-third innings, striking out two and walking three.

The Jefferson Falcons tallied 15 hits in the game. Allison Hill, Sirrine, and Matuz each collected three hits for the Jefferson Falcons. Hill, Matuz, and DeMattia each drove in three runs for the Jefferson Falcons.

The Geneva Eagles piled up 11 hits in the game. Savanna Burton, Palmisano, and Gianna Markijohn each collected two hits for the Geneva Eagles.

Palmisano and Bailey Evangelista each drove in two runs for the Geneva Eagles.

The Jefferson Falcons will travel to their next game on Wednesday.

WARRIORS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN OVER FALCONS

Story by Larry Jennings
Jefferson, OH- In a clash that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Edgewood and Jefferson battled it out on the diamond, delivering a rollercoaster of emotions and a flurry of runs. The scoreboard flickered like a faulty light as the two teams showcased their offensive prowess, ultimately culminating in a dramatic finish that left spectators breathless, with Edgewood holding on for a thrilling 15 – 13 win.  Logan Kray drove in five runs on three hits to lead Edgewood, while Tony Hall drove in three and scored three runs.  Zane Naylor also had a 3 for 4 night, scoring one and batting in one.
The game kicked off with Logan Kray of Edgewood setting the tone in the top of the first inning, drilling a single to center field, driving in Tony Hall and Aiden Hernandez. But Jefferson quickly answered in the bottom of the inning as Logan Saksa smashed a double to right field with the bases loaded, notching three crucial runs.
As the innings progressed, both teams traded blows like heavyweight contenders. Tate Hudson’s single to right field in the bottom of the second inning extended Jefferson’s lead, only for Jefferson’s Logan Padgett to capitalize on an error in the third, narrowing the gap.
However, it was the fourth inning that truly ignited the fireworks. Geno Measel and Logan Kray spearheaded Edgewood’s comeback, each contributing RBIs before Zane Naylor’s single tied the game at six apiece. But Jefferson wasn’t ready to cede ground just yet. Toby Dixon’s run on a wild pitch followed by Hudson’s clutch hit to center field restored their lead at 8-6 by the end of the fourth.
Edgewood refused to be outdone, mounting another offensive surge in the top of the fifth. Tony Hall’s timely double brought in two runs, paving the way for Kray to drive in another with his single, propelling Edgewood ahead 9-8. However, Jefferson’s resilience shone through once more as Padgett’s run on a groundout leveled the score.
The seesaw battle continued into the sixth inning, with Edgewood exploding for six runs. Highlighted by timely hits and costly errors from Jefferson, Edgewood surged ahead 15-9, putting the game seemingly out of reach. But Jefferson wasn’t ready to concede defeat, mounting a valiant comeback attempt in the bottom of the sixth. Luke Lambert’s double to center field sparked hope as they closed the deficit to 15-13 by the end of the inning.
With the game hanging in the balance, both teams entered the final inning with everything on the line. Jefferson fought tooth and nail, with Michael Rifle’s double to left field offering a glimmer of hope. However, Edgewood’s Logan Kray slammed the door shut, securing the save and sealing a hard-fought 15-13 victory for his team.
In a contest defined by offensive firepower and unwavering determination, Edgewood emerged victorious, showcasing their resilience and tenacity in the face of adversity. While Jefferson may have fallen short, their never-say-die attitude ensures that they’ll be back with a vengeance in the battles to come.  Edgewood’s next opponent will be against Perry at the Pirates’ home field, in a night game, while Jefferson travels to Berkshire on Thursday.

FALCONS OUTLAST WILDCATS IN SECTIONAL SLUGFEST

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Jefferson, OH- Rylee DeMattia collected three hits in four at-bats, as the Jefferson Falcons defeated the Struthers Wildcats 9-6 on Tuesday. DeMattia singled in the second inning, singled in the first inning, and singled in the fifth inning.

The Jefferson Falcons got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after Adrianna Brass singled, scoring one run, and M Minno induced Gabby Barress to hit into a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored.

The Struthers Wildcats captured the lead, 4-3, in the top of the second after the Jefferson Falcons committed an error, and E Morris homered to center field, each scoring two runs.

The Jefferson Falcons flipped the game in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs on five hits to take an 8-4 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a single by DeMattia that drove in two. A single by Lani Zeman extended the Jefferson Falcons’ lead to 9-6 in the bottom of the third inning.

Olivia Lewis started in the circle for the Jefferson Falcons. She gave up five hits and six runs (three earned) over four innings, striking out six and walking two.

Minno took the mound for the Struthers Wildcats. The starting pitcher allowed 15 hits and nine runs (six earned) over six innings, striking out two and walking none. Ada Sirrine pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Jefferson Falcons. The right-handed pitcher gave up two hits, striking out two and walking four.

The Jefferson Falcons amassed 15 hits in the game. Mia Contenza and DeMattia each collected three hits for the Jefferson Falcons. Allison Hill, Zeman, and Brass each collected multiple hits for the Jefferson Falcons.

E Mcdowell, Morris, and G Smiley each collected two hits for the Struthers Wildcats. R Guy and Morris each drove in two runs for the Struthers Wildcats. The Struthers Wildcats showed patience at the plate, amassing six walks for the game. V Marker and K Morris led the team with two bases on balls each. The Struthers Wildcats ran wild on the base paths, piling up four stolen bases for the game.

Next up, the Jefferson Falcons will play the Mogadora Wildcats on the road in the OHSAA sectional finals.

FALCONS FLYING HIGH AFTER WIN OVER WARRIORS

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Story contributed by Larry Jennings

Ashtabula,OH- Tate Hudson was the star of the show for the Jefferson Falcons on Monday, racking up three hits in three at-bats to lead his team to a dominant 9-2 victory over the Edgewood Warriors. Hudson got things started with a single in the first inning, then added another single in the fourth and a double in the third inning.

The Falcons wasted no time taking control of the game, plating four runs in the top of the first. After Hudson’s leadoff single, Logan Saksa smashed a two-run double, and Michael McGraw followed with an RBI groundout.

Jefferson added to their lead in the third when Luke Lambert scored on a tag-up play, and McGraw delivered another RBI single.

On the mound, Toby Dickson was stellar for the Falcons, earning the win with seven innings of two-run (one earned) ball. He allowed seven hits while striking out four and walking just one.

The Warriors’ Sean Lincoln had a rough afternoon, taking the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in just one inning of work without recording a strikeout.

Dickson helped his own cause at the plate, collecting two of the Falcons’ 10 hits on the day. The defense also flashed the leather, turning a double play behind their starter.

For Edgewood, Logan Kray and Alex Sperduto each had two hits, while Tony Hall and Mason Feather drove in the Warriors’ only runs of the day. The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Jefferson for the second game of this early-season conference series, with the Falcons looking to secure the sweep at home.

ANDERSON’S 12K’S LEAD THE HERALDS PAST THE FALCONS

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Ashtabula, OH- In a stellar display of pitching, Will Anderson led the St. John Heralds to a commanding 4-1 triumph over the Jefferson Falcons on Thursday, striking out an impressive 12 batters while allowing just three hits and one run over seven innings on the mound.

The Heralds wasted no time asserting their dominance, jumping out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brady Cole’s timely single and Ryan Williams’ productive at-bat, resulting in a fielder’s choice, paved the way for St. John’s offense to notch two crucial runs.

On the pitching front, Logan Padgett took the mound for the Falcons, delivering a solid performance despite facing a formidable Heralds lineup. Padgett tallied 10 strikeouts over five and one-third innings, conceding five hits and four runs (two earned) while issuing five walks.

Chase Clutter, batting eighth in the Heralds’ lineup, emerged as a standout performer at the plate, leading the team with two hits in three at-bats. Cole, Clutter, and Williams each contributed with an RBI, showcasing the balanced offensive production of the Heralds.

Defensively, the Heralds executed a crucial double play during the game, stifling the Falcons’ attempts to mount a comeback.

For the Falcons, Tate Hudson stood out with a solid performance at the plate, leading the team in hits.

Despite the loss, the Falcons demonstrated their defensive prowess, committing zero errors throughout the game. Michael McGraw showcased his defensive skills with the most chances in the field, registering nine opportunities.

Looking ahead, the Heralds will aim to carry the momentum from this victory into their upcoming home matchup against Badger on Friday. Meanwhile, the Falcons will seek redemption as they prepare to face off against the Perry Pirates in their next game.

FALCONS SOAR PAST BLUE STREAKS

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Madison, OH- In a bounce back off of a tough loss, the Jefferson Falcons overcame the Madison Blue Streaks with a hard-fought 7-5 win on Thursday, fueled by Marillia Matuz’s stellar performance at the plate.

Matuz proved to be the Falcons’ driving force, delivering an outstanding four-hit performance in as many at-bats. Her doubles in the second and sixth innings, along with two timely singles, propelled the Falcons to victory.

Although facing a daunting six-run deficit by the third inning, the Blue Streaks mounted a spirited comeback effort. They narrowed the margin by capitalizing on hits, walks, and defensive miscues, showcasing their determination to stay in the game.

The Falcons seized the initiative early, with Gabby Barress igniting the offense in the second inning with a clutch RBI single. Matuz followed suit with a crucial double, driving in two more runs to extend the Falcons’ lead.

Adding to their advantage, the Falcons plated two more runs in the third inning, courtesy of Lani Zeman’s timely single.

Despite the Blue Streaks’ late offensive surge in the fifth inning, highlighted by Meredith Rochford’s RBI single and Kara Mekulsia’s run-scoring walk, the Falcons managed to maintain their lead and secure the win.

Olivia Lewis took the mound for the Falcons, delivering a solid pitching performance over seven innings. Despite allowing nine hits and five runs, Lewis showcased her resilience, striking out five batters and walking just two.

On the opposing side, Mekulsia started in the circle for the Blue Streaks, enduring a tough outing against the Falcons’ relentless offense, surrendering 13 hits and seven runs over seven innings.

With a total of 13 hits in the game, the Falcons’ offensive attack was led by Zeman, who drove in three crucial runs from the ninth spot in the lineup. Barress and Lewis also made significant contributions with multiple hits, while the Falcons’ defense turned one double play to stifle the Blue Streaks’ momentum.

For the Blue Streaks, Addy Behm, Angaliah Fioritto, and Ella Masony each collected two hits, while Tori Semple, Mekulsia, and Rochford each contributed with an RBI.

With this hard-fought victory under their belt, the Falcons now turn their focus to their upcoming matchup against Geneva on Monday, aiming to carry the momentum forward as they continue their quest for success on the diamond.

PIRATES FLUSTER THE FALCONS

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Jefferson, OH- The Jefferson Falcons faced a tough Perry Pirates team on Wednesday at home, ultimately falling short in a 14-1 defeat.

Perry wasted no time asserting their dominance, with Morgan Winters launching a powerful home run to center field in the top of the first inning, setting the tone for the Pirates’ offensive onslaught.

In the second inning, Perry extended their lead with RBI singles from Arianna Rogers and Madeline Infalvi, further cementing their early advantage.

The Pirates continued to pile on the runs in the top of the third, as Rosalyn Tharp’s homer to left field, combined with smart baserunning and errors from the Falcons, allowed Perry to widen the gap.

Jefferson Area Falcons managed to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kennidie Rogers blasted a solo home run to center field, providing a brief spark of offense for the Falcons.

Ada Sirrine took the mound for the Falcons but struggled against Perry’s formidable lineup, surrendering six hits and eight runs (six earned) over three innings of work.

On the other side, Emma Brainard anchored Perry’s pitching, allowing just one run on five hits over five innings, while striking out four batters and showcasing her command on the mound.

Despite the Falcons’ efforts, they were unable to generate enough offense to overcome Perry’s dominant performance. Allison Hill, Kennidie Rogers, and Gabby Barress each collected hits for the Falcons, with Rogers driving in the lone run for Jefferson.

Meanwhile, Perry’s offense was firing on all cylinders, amassing 12 hits in the game. Sydney Collins and Morgan Winters led the charge with three hits apiece, while Tharp, Collins, Madelyn Rupert, and Winters each contributed two RBIs to Perry’s offensive barrage.

With this commanding victory secured, the Perry Pirates look ahead to their next challenge against the Wickliffe Blue Devils, while the Jefferson Falcons prepare for a road matchup against Madison on Thursday.

FALCONS GET SHOCKED BY BLUE STREAKS

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Jefferson, OH- In a challenging baseball matchup, the Jefferson Falcons struggled to keep pace with the Madison Blue Streaks, ultimately falling short in a 16-5 defeat on Tuesday.

The Blue Streaks wasted no time asserting their dominance, surging ahead in the top of the second inning with a barrage of runs. A combination of walks, errors, and timely hits allowed Madison to jump out to an early lead, with Jack Harrison, Nolan Thomas, and Luke Lambert playing pivotal roles in driving in runs for the Blue Streaks.

Madison’s offensive onslaught continued in the third inning, as they erupted for eight runs on seven hits, effectively putting the game out of reach for the Falcons. Landon Tomco, Harrison, Evan Smith, and Eddy Gvora led the charge for the Blue Streaks, delivering key hits to extend their team’s lead.

Despite the Falcons’ efforts to rally, they struggled to contain Madison’s potent lineup. Lambert, the Falcons’ starting pitcher, faced difficulties on the mound, surrendering multiple runs and walks before being relieved.

Offensively, Tate Hudson emerged as a bright spot for the Falcons, driving in two runs to lead his team’s effort at the plate. However, the Falcons were unable to generate enough offense to mount a comeback against Madison’s strong pitching and defense.

Madison’s Gvora, in particular, proved to be a formidable force, both on the mound and at the plate, leading his team with a stellar performance. With three hits and solid pitching over five innings, Gvora played a crucial role in securing the Blue Streaks’ victory.

Despite the Falcons’ valiant effort, they ultimately fell short against a determined Madison squad. Looking ahead, the Falcons aim to regroup and bounce back in their upcoming road matchup against the St. John Heralds on Thursday, as they remain focused on turning the tide in their favor.

HAGAN’S EXTRA INNING HIT PUSHES MUSTANGS PAST FALCONS

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Orwell, OH- Friday’s showdown between the Grand Valley Mustangs and the Jefferson Falcons proved to be a heart-stopping affair, with the Mustangs claiming a dramatic 6-5 victory after a late-game surge. The Falcons, despite a valiant effort, saw their lead slip away in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Grand Valley seized an early advantage in the bottom of the first inning, capitalizing on an error to put themselves on the scoreboard. The Mustangs extended their lead with two more runs in the third inning, courtesy of RBI singles by Kamden Cottrell and Justin Hagan.

However, the Falcons fought back fiercely, reclaiming the lead in the top of the sixth inning. DJ Partridge and Braden Dietrich came up clutch with back-to-back doubles, each driving in two runs to swing the momentum in favor of the Jefferson Mustangs.

Not to be outdone, Grand Valley rallied once more, with Cottrell’s crucial double in the bottom of the seventh knotting the score at five apiece, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion.

The game-deciding moment came in the bottom of the ninth when Justin Hagan delivered a walk-off single, securing the victory for the Grand Valley Mustangs and leaving the Falcons with a bitter taste of defeat.

Eric Ellsworth emerged as the winning pitcher for Grand Valley, delivering a stellar relief performance by shutting down the Falcons in the crucial final inning. On the opposite side, Braden Dietrich suffered the loss for the Jefferson Mustangs, despite a solid effort on the mound.

Contributions were spread across both teams, with hitters from both sides making notable impacts. For the Jefferson Mustangs, players like Michael Riffle, Luke Lambert, Giovanni Matticola, Partridge, Logan Saksa, and Dietrich each recorded hits, while Partridge and Dietrich stood out with two RBIs apiece.

Meanwhile, Cottrell led the offensive charge for Grand Valley, driving in three runs and contributing to the Mustangs’ hard-fought victory. Payton Plizga and Justin Hagan also made significant offensive contributions, with Plizga leading the team in hits and Hagan delivering the game-winning hit.

With this thrilling win under their belts, the Grand Valley Mustangs look ahead to their next challenge, while the Jefferson Mustangs regroup in preparation for their upcoming matchup against Madison on Monday.