Highlights: South Range’s Skripac tosses perfect game in district semifinal

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Billy Skripac struck out eight batters in five innings of work

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – South Range’s Billy Skripac pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 win over rival Crestview in the Division II District Semifinals at Waddell Park in Niles.

Skripac struck out eight batters in five innings of work. He also drove in a run for South Range at the plate.

“He has been solid for us all year and I had confidence in him going into today. He threw an absolute gem,” Raiders coach Jim Hanek said. “He really commanded his fastball well, and he found the breaking ball from the third inning on.”

“I couldn’t spot my curveball in the first three innings. In the fourth and fifth inning I got it going, The fastball up in the zone,” Skripac explained. “They gave a me a few strikes that were balls, but I just made sure to finish batters with 2-2, 1-2 (counts) and I feel I did a good job of doing that.”

The Raiders scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab the momentum and then rode it to the final victory.

“That was huge,” Hanek exclaimed. “Especially in a tournament where it is a one-game format. You get momentum, where Billy retired the side 1-2-3 and we could go in to bat and take the lead and hold it.”

Michael Markulin finished with two hits and an RBI, while Trey Pancake also notched two hits in the win for the Raiders.

Michael Perry, Stevie Rohan, Cory Penick and Shane Lindstrom each drove in a run in the win.

South Range improves to 21-8 on the season.

The Raiders advance to face top-seeded Rootstown in the Division III District Final on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Waddell Park.

The Rebels close the season with an 8-14 overall mark.

“I’m proud of our kids. Hats off to him (Skripac), he pitched a really good game. But our kids kept clawing and kept fighting right down to that last run. They played hard. We were kind of up and down this season. But we battled every game and that is all I can ask,” Rebels coach Kory Whitacre said.

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