After setting a new career high for strikeouts in a game against Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green Falcon pitcher Kevin Leady (Eastwood) was named the Mid-American Conference East Pitcher of the Week.
Leady was also named Papa John’s Athlete of the Week. Each week, the BGSU athletic communications department names a top athlete. On the season, Leady is 3-1 overall with a 4.34 ERA in six starts this season
The senior led the Falcons to their lone win that weekend against Eastern with a performance that ranks among the best of his career. Leady went 7.1 innings against the Eagles, allowing three runs and striking out ten hitters in the Falcons' 4-3 win on Sunday, Apr. 4.
Leady struck out four within the first two innings. He struck out the side in the second inning to end a threat when the bases were loaded with no outs and struck out the side for the second time in the game, fanning three straight in a one-two-three fifth inning.
Leady finished the game with a new career-high 10 strikeouts in the game, eclipsing a previous high set earlier this season (9) against Butler on March 8. He pulled down his third win of the season, the most by any Falcon starting pitcher this season.
Leady now leads the staff in strikeouts (33) and innings pitched (37.1). The start against EMU is his second consecutive quality start in a row, both in which he allowed only three earned runs and had a SO:BB ratio of 5:1. Combined in his last two starts, he has struck out 15, walked three and only allowed six earned runs (eight total) in 14.2 innings pitched.
Derek Spencer (Clay) hit a two-bagger to center field in the win over Eastern that allowed a Falcon run to score.
In another game, Bowling Green (8-15-1) possessed a two-run lead going into the home half of the fourth inning, but Michigan State (20-5) rallied to score two pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on their way to a 5-2 win.
Falcon sophomore Patrick Martin (Clay) took to the hill for his second start of the season. Charles Wooten (Woodmore) took over on the bump for Martin after 3.1 innings of work. After walking his first batter faced, Wooten forced two ground outs to end the inning.
Martin took the loss, but pitched three solid innings in his second start of the season. After a one-two-three first inning, Martin allowed only two in his next two innings of worked and escaped a third inning jam with Spartan runners on second and third base with only one out.
Also playing for BG are two freshmen — infielder Andrew Kuns (Clay), the 2009 Alan Miller Jewelers Press Player of the Year, and catcher Michael Fahle (Woodmore).
Henderson fourth nationally
Central Catholic's Jake Henderson, an East Toledo resident, represented Ohio at the 21st Annual NHSCA Senior Nationals wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach, Virginia and captured High School All-American status finishing fourth in the country.
Henderson was one of three Ohioans to earn Senior All-American status. Forty-eight of the best 215 pound high school seniors in the United States converged on Virginia Beach. Competing in nine matches over a three day period, Henderson defeated seven other seniors who collectively earned seven state championships and 16 state placements from six different states.
Henderson captured two victories in day one and went 3-1 in day two. These five victories secured All-American status for Henderson.
In preliminary round action, Henderson defeated state champ and three-time state placer Michael Howard from Arizona by a score of 2-1. In second round action, Henderson outscored three-time state placer, senior Nick Peach, of Kansas by a score of 5-2. Henderson scored two takedowns in the third period to secure the victory.
In third round action Henderson faced two-time state champion Kyle Collins of New York. Henderson scored a takedown in the first period and his opponent scored a takedown in the third period taking the match into overtime. In a scramble near the edge of the mat Collins was able to score the winning takedown for the sudden victory by a score of 6-4.
Coming back through the consolation bracket, Henderson defeated two-time state champion Alec Bird from Washington state by a score of 5-2. Next, Henderson defeated Steven Graziano from New York by a score of 3-1 in overtime. In the All-American round Jake defeated state champion Brandon Manderschied from Minnesota by a score of 7-0.
On day three in the consolation quarterfinals it took six periods for Henderson to secure the victory over three-time state champion and four-time finalist Kyle Calyor from Kansas. In the consolation semi-final round Henderson defeated Nicholas Ruggear from Pennsylvania by a score of 5-2.
In the final round of action Henderson battled J.T. Felix from California and was outpointed by a score of 3-2, finishing fourth overall.
A Major League pitch, hit, and run competition will be held at the East Toledo Family Center on May 1 at 11 a.m. Age divisions are 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and competitors can advance to competition at the sectional level, then at Major League ballparks, and then the finals at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. Participants must bring a copy of birth certificate and fill out registration/waiver form prior to start. Call coordinator Danielle Ankenbrandt at 419-691-1429, ext. 221.
A senior softball league for players 50 and 60 and over will be played at Pacesetter Park in Sylvania. Call Jerry Keefe at 419-699-1429 or visit www.sylvaniaseniorsoftball.com.