In a commanding 10-0 victory over Minerva on Wednesday at Carl Michael Field, West Branch third baseman Beau Alazaus drove in four runs with two hits, including a two-run single in the fourth inning and a double in the sixth. Hunter Shields also contributed to the win with two hits and three runs scored, while senior Jackson Robb played his first game since his freshman year and went 2-for-2 with two runs scored after being medically cleared earlier in the day.

West Branch’s Anthony Perry earned the win on the mound with an impressive three-hitter that included eight strikeouts and no walks. Perry also helped his team with a two-run single in the sixth inning. With this victory, West Branch improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Eastern Buckeye Conference play, while Minerva fell to 0-4 and 0-2 in the EBC.

In the first three innings, West Branch scored single runs each time, thanks to Shields scoring on a wild pitch in the first and Charlie Bishop walking before eventually scoring on a fielder’s choice later that same frame. Bishop also had an impressive game, stealing second base twice as he drove home another run for West Branch. Boston Mullinix also stole second base once but did not score any runs this time around.

On the other hand, Minerva’s Braiden Wood was impressive at bat as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, but he ultimately took home no runs as he was unable to secure any RBIs despite having several opportunities to do so. Despite playing well overall, Wood took home the loss for Minerva as he gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits in just over three innings pitched.

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