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Bellevue Downs Whippets, Wins D-2 District

Story By: Jeff Alan



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The Bellevue Baseball team got on top early and stayed there in route to a 10-3 win over league rival Shelby, winning the Division II district title Saturday at Madison. The Redmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Dylan Dewitt doubled to straight away center field. That scored Kyle Geary from first, 1-0 Bellevue.

The Redmen would pick up three more runs in the second with the big shot coming off the bat of Bryce Ray who doubled with two men on which made it 4-0 Redmen after an inning and a half. In the bottom of the fourth, Shelby would pick up a run after not one, not two, but after three Shelby batters were hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then a balk brought in a run after another hit batter Mason Wells singled to drive in a run which made it 4-2 Bellevue after four.

After a scoreless fifth, the Redmen added two more runs in the 6th with a sac fly by Dewitt to make it 5-2 Bellevue. With a man on second Thomas Pressler delivered a single to drive in Geary. 6-2 Bellevue after five and a half. Shelby was able to get a run back in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and third with one out, Mason Wells avoided being doubled up scoring Tyler Cain 6-3 Bellevue after six.

But the Redmen put the game on ice scoring four times in the top of the seventh to go up by seven runs locking away the Division II district title by a final score of 10-3. With the loss, Shelby ends their season as D-2 district runners-up at 16-10. Bellevue at 23-4 moves on to regional semifinal play next week on Thursday at 5pm at Bowling Green's Carter Park against Parma Heights Holy Name.

The loss by Shelby leaves one area team standing, Madison in Division I. The Rams were able to outlast Findlay in 11 innings by a final of 3- 1. For Madison, it's their first district championship in baseball since 2002. The Rams will play at BGSU's Warren E. Steller Field on May28th at 5pm against Toledo St.Francis. The Knights defeated Sylvania Northview 6-1.

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