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Chieftains use team approach to get to regionals

Bellefontaine set to square off with Jonathan Alder on Thursday

With every player contributing in one way or another, Bellefontaine’s baseball team has embraced the team concept this spring.

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Leading Bellefontaine into Thursday’s regional semifinal game against Jonathan Alder are its seniors, from the left: John Kirby, Jarrod Houchin, Drake Roebuck, Nick Burton, Cody Lyons and Kyle Brunner. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

In its four-game tournament run, the Chiefs have had new players step up each time out.

Against New Richmond in Saturday’s district championship, the bottom three hitters in the Chieftain lineup came up with three of the team’s six hits to help fuel a 4-2 victory.

Despite having yet to pitch in a tournament game, junior Matt Entsminger was called on to relieve starter Kyle Brunner in the third inning and Entsminger responded with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

“Coach Caudill always preaches to us that you can’t be satisfied,” said senior outfielder Drake Roebuck, who had a two-run double in the top of the seventh Saturday to break a 2-2 tie. “He tells us you have to be ready when your number is called.

“There is always someone there to step up on this team. If one guy is having a rough day, somebody else comes up big for us.”

 

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