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Slow start, but fast finish as Spartans earn 1st win

By Tom Williams-Vindicator, 03/30/19, 10:15AM EDT

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Hungry for a first win, the Boardman High School baseball team’s first defensive inning against Ursuline delivered indigestion.

But the Spartans’ bats came to life in the third inning as they feasted for a 15-5, six-inning victory on Thursday at Cene Park.

First baseman Charlie Davis sparked Boardman (1-4) with three hits, three runs scored and five RBIs.

Davis credited head coach Joe Gabriel’s visit to the mound in the first frame for keeping the Spartans calm.

“He was talking about how it’s still a long game and we still have a whole bunch of time to battle back,” Davis said. “We just kept that attitude.”

Davis’ two-run double in the third inning scored Travis Harvey and Dylan Gurski to put Boardman ahead 5-4. Davis then scored on Ty Ventresco’s two-out single.

“I hit a first-pitch fastball,” said Davis, who sent the ball to center field where it bounced off the glove on Pat Donofrio’s outstretched arm.

Mike Fetsko scored three runs, had two hits and reached base four times.

“This is really nice for us,” Fetsko said. “We’re coming off a four-game skid and our offense was really struggling.”

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All-American Conference

The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.