MANSFIELD — North central Ohio baseball teams had a rough go of it in the sectional tournament.
Only three area teams — Plymouth, Hillsdale and Colonel Crawford — survived the opening week of the postseason. They will be in action in this week’s district tournaments.
Hillsdale will lead things off at 1 p.m. Tuesday against Cuyahoga Heights in the Division IV Medina district semifinals. The top-seeded Falcons (23-5) opened tournament play with a run rule-shortened 10-0 win over Kirdron Central Christian. Nick Kandel threw a no-hitter and Ty Williams walked it off in the sixth with a two-run inside-the-park home run at Ashland University’s Donges Field.
Fifth-seeded Cuyahoga Heights opened tournament play with a 10-0 win over No. 9 Andrews Osbourne before dispatching No. 4 Independence 7-3 in the sectional finals.
On Wednesday, the second-seeded Big Red will take on No. 6 Arlington in the nightcap of a Division IV district semifinal doubleheader at Galion’s Heise Park.
Plymouth is in the district for a third straight season thanks to a 3-0 win over No. 5 Lucas in the sectional finals. Cole Wentz threw a three-hitter and drove in a run in the fifth.
Arlington roughed up No. 4 Crestline 18-4 in the sectional finals to advance. In two sectional games Arlington scored 34 runs.
Third-seeded South Central will meet top-seed Mohawk in Wednesday’s early game. South Central advanced with a 2-1 win over No. 8 Buckeye Central while Mohawk survived a scare of its own with a 2-1 win over No. 7 Carey.
Top-seeded Colonel Crawford will take on No. 8 Genoa in the Division III district semifinals at 2 p.m. Thursday at Shelby. The Eagles. Beat No. 6 Oak Harbor in the sectional finals, while Genoa topped No. 3 Wynford 9-5.