The 6th inning was the difference in the rural rivalry between Okaw Valley and Stew-Stras/Windsor on Saturday that took Okaw Valley to 4-0 this season. Okaw beat SS/W, 6-3.
Garrett Fritz got the win for Okaw Valley throwing seven strikeouts. Fritz allowed just two earned runs, on five hits and one walk in seven innings.
Cody Drake led Okaw in hitting. Drake singled, homered in the all-important fifth, then doubled in the sixth. Fritz and Drake combined for four hits and five RBIs.
The game was a pitching duel for five innings, with Okaw up just 1-0 on Drake solo shot in the 5th. Then in the 6th, Okaw shook loose.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Fritz launched a grand slam, 5-1 Okaw. Drake followed wioth a double and Yarnell singled him home, 6-1.
Windsor came right back in the bottom of the 6th, just not enough. With one out, Thies singled and Kessler reached on an error. Kramer then lofted his own home runs, a 3-run shot, cutting the deficit in half, 6-3. Quast tried to keep it going with a single, but he was left on.
Okaw went down in order in the 7th, leaving the door open for SS/W.
However, SS/W also went down in order on two ground balls and a final line out.
Okaw Valley 6, Stew-Stras/Windsor 3
Okaw 000 015 0--6-13
SS/W 000 003 0--3-6
SS/W stats: B. Bennett 1-for-4; Thies 1-for-2, run; Kessler 1-for-3, run; Kramer 2-for-3, run, 3 RBIs; Quast 1-for-3. Pitching (L) Armes (1-1) 5 2/3 IP, 5 runs, 11 hits, 3 BBs, 1 K.
Okaw stats: Harshman 2-for-3, run; Hagerman 2-for-3, run; Frits 1-for-3, run, 4 RBIs; Drake 3-for-4, 2 runs, RBI; Yarnell 2-for-4, RBI; Dickens 1-for-1; Hill 1-for-2; Francisco 1-for-4, run. Pitching (W) Fritz 7 IP, 3 runs, 6 hits, BB, 6 Ks.
The 4 win streak started Monday with Okaw beating Sullivan, 11-0.
Okaw Valley 11, Sullivan 0