June 29, 2016

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Baseball: Bees, Teachout are feeling good

ELYRIA — Cory Teachout had his biggest hit to break open a close game Wednesday, leading Medina’s baseball team to a 6-1 win over Elyria in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action.

Teachout’s one-out triple to deep right-center in the fifth inning scored Brian Letts to put the Bees (11-7, 6-2) up 2-0, and they added two more insurance runs later in the frame. It was the senior’s first career triple.

Cory Teachout

“It was a slider away,” Teachout said. “It felt really good.”

The Bees, who remain one game back of Strongsville in the division race, scored two more in the sixth to make it 6-0, and then held off a late Elyria rally to secure victory.

“Few errors, big hits, being May 1, sunny skies and warm temperatures, and most importantly, a win,” Medina coach Nick Kaplack said. “It was an awesome day. We played well. I think we have a good chance in the tournament to come out of the district. We have all the tools to get it done.”

Medina southpaw Andrew Sokolowski (2-1) was in control most of the way. He pitched six innings, allowing just six hits and one unearned run while walking one and striking out five.

“I made sure to get everything down,” Sokolowski said. “My only trouble was when I got the pitches high. Today I was really happy. I wasn’t upset when the coach took me out for the last inning.”

Elyria (6-9, 0-7) made four errors that led to five unearned runs while losing to Medina for the second straight day.

“I haven’t quit on the team,” Pioneers coach Ed Piazza said. “We’ve got to learn to overcome these things.”

Contact Jerry Rombach at sports@medina-gazette.com.