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First-year Clay baseball coach Garry Isbell called it “one of the wackiest games I've been involved with.”

The Eagles, the No. 3 seed in the City League final four tournament, trailed second-seeded Central Catholic 6-2 in the semifinals but used a three-run sixth inning to pull within 6-5. That's when all heck broke loose for defending league champion Clay.

“They come out in the bottom of the sixth and get nine runs on nine hits,” Isbell said. “I don't think they had hit the ball out of the infield at that point. It seemed like a nightmare. There wasn't anything our kids didn't do well. Our pitchers threw strikes, but Central started hitting the ball. A single here, a double there and a couple walks and they just erupted. I take my hat off to them.”

The Irish's 15-5 victory propelled them to the CL championship game, where they beat top-seeded St. John's Jesuit 8-1 last Monday. Central also handed Clay an 8-4 extra-inning loss during the regular season.

The Eagles, who finished 13-14 and 8-3 in the CL, graduate seven seniors from this year's team: center fielder Greg Shanks, catcher/pitcher Austin Petroff, first baseman/pitcher Jordan Wamer, right fielder Matt Wasserman, pitchers Zach Cowell and Andrew Dartt, and utility player Matt Toth.

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University of Findlay Sophomore Derrick Vicars (Genoa) recorded a first place finish in the discus at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship on May 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Vicars took home the national championship in the discus after a heave of 173-1. His top finish is only the second ever for the outdoor team as former standout Kendall Stevens won the 100-meter dash in 2006.

At the Tiffin Twilight Invitational on May 12, Vicars took home the gold in the shot put with an NCAA Division II automatic qualifying heave of 17.12 meters.

Later, Vicars took second in the shot put at the Keefer Invitational with a provisional mark of 55 feet, two inches. At the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships May 7 in Big Rapids, Mich., Vicars was sixth in the hammer throw (176-5). Findlay took fourth with 84 points.

The University of Findlay men's and women's outdoor track and field teams completed the second and final day of the 2010 Jesse Owens Classic on Saturday, May 1 in Columbus, Ohio as the Oilers put up a good showing against some of the top talent from around the nation. Vicars was 11th in the discus with a provisional qualifying toss of 164-10.

Vicars was named the GLIAC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time on April 28. Vicars finished first in the shot put with a NCAA automatic qualifying and school record breaking throw of 58-10 while taking third in the discus with an automatic qualifying heave of 173-11 at the Ashland Invitational.

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Northwood senior Drew Minarcin was more than happy to be a part of Rangers baseball history.

Last Friday Minarcin had a walk and two hits, including a run-scoring single in a five-run first inning, to help the Rangers beat Toledo Christian 8-6 and win the school's first Toledo Area Athletic Conference baseball championship.

It was the first baseball title for Northwood since it tied for the Suburban Lakes League title in 1989. In ‘89 there was a three way tie for the SLL championship with Eastwood, Genoa and Northwood sharing the top spot. Northwood joined the TAAC in 2001.

“It meant a lot, being my last year,” said Minarcin, a designated hitter who spot-started throughout the season. “We've never really been that good in baseball. To help the team out and get our first team title in a while, it felt really good. We had been playing pretty good from the middle of the season. We worked really hard and we deserved it.”

The Rangers (17-9, 11-1 TAAC), needed to beat TC last Friday to claim the outright conference championship.

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