D2 Baseball Final: Poland vs. Defiance

2015 OHSAA Baseball Division II State Championship
Saturday, June 6 at 4 pm at Huntington Park in Columbus
Defiance (27-5) vs. Poland (28-2)

Road to the Final Four
State Semis: Defiance 8 Big Walnut 1
Regional Finals: Defiance 8 Bellevue 0
Regional Semis: Defiance 3 Bath 1
District Finals: Defiance 5 Bryan 1
District Semis: Defiance 5 Maumee 4
Sectional Finals: Defiance 16 Toledo Rogers 0

State Semis: Poland 2 Bishop Watterson 0
Regional Finals: Poland 8 Canton South 4
Regional Semis: Poland 6 Tallmadge 4
District Finals: Poland 12 Canfield 2 (5)
District Semis: Poland 4 West Branch 0
Sectional Finals: Poland 17 Southeast 1 (5)

By the numbers: Poland will attempt to become the sixth area school to win a state championship in baseball (could be 7th if Western Reserve wins also). The last team to accomplish this feat was the 2007 Canfield Cardinals (2007 Canfield, 2000 Ursuline, 1993 Campbell, 1988 Ursuline, 1943 Leavittsburg, 1933 Warren Harding).

State Tournament Facts
Appearances: 5 (2015, 2013, 2010, 2002, 1992)
Record: 5-3
State Championships: 2 (2013, 1992)
State Finalist: None

Appearances: 2 (2015, 1983)
Record: 1-1
State Championships: None
State Finalist: None

Defiance Bulldogs
Head Coach: Tom Held
…The Bulldogs have won 11 of their last 12. In 8 of their last 9 games, Defiance has held their opposition to 3 runs or less…The pitching staff has displayed their strength throughout the post-season. Michael Hendricks (projected starter) has tossed 17 1/3 innings while striking out 18 and allowing just 10 hits. Shay Smiddy has thrown 22 2/3 innings, striking out 22 and permitting 18 base hits throughout the playoffs. Garrett Sierra has hit .579 (11-19) in the six post-season games…Coach Held was drafted in 1983 by the Detroit Tigers and spent four years with their minor-league organization as a pitcher. The two most famous Defiance graduates are pitchers Chad Billingsley (of the Phillies) and Jon Niese (of the Mets).

Poland Bulldogs
Head Coach: Rich Murray
…Jared Burkert threw 7 strong innings, allowing just a pair of hits and struck out 8, as the Bulldogs won their State Semifinal contest against Watterson – 2-0. Burkert increases his record on the mound to 8-0. Eric White was the lone player in the contest to achieve two hits. Dom Lipari reached base three times (hit, 2 walks).

Scouting Defiance
Batting Average: Shay Smiddy, .384 (33-86)
Runs Scored: Garrett Sierra, 38
Hits: Garrett Sierra, 42
Homeruns: Shay Smiddy, 3
Doubles: Garrett Sierra, 12
Triples: Jimmy Bauer, 4
Runs Batted In: Tyler Weaver, 22
Stolen Bases: Garrett Sierra, 12
Wins: Shay Smiddy, 7-0
Earned Run Average: Michael Hendricks, 0.63 (55.2)
Strikeouts: Shay Smiddy, 81

Area Schools in Division II Final
2007: Canfield 8 Kenton Ridge 6
1994: Lakewood 7 Campbell 5

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