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Danbury rallies to defeat Old Fort in sectional semifinal

Chase Botson pitches against Old Fort in the sectional tournament.

Danbury freshman Jared Koenig gets under a pitch.

Photos by John Kozak

Trailing by three runs in the fourth inning, the Danbury Lakers rallied to tie the score before taking the lead for good in the fifth on their way to a 5-3 victory over Old Fort in the Division IV Sectional Semifinal Saturday at Danbury High School.

Down 3-0 in the fourth, Danbury loaded the bases with two walks and a hit-by-pitch before Jake Internicola drove in a run with a base hit. Ryan Chapman would later score on a passed ball and the Lakers would score once more to tie it at 3.

In the fifth, Seth Vargo tripled before Internicola drove him in to give Danbury the lead for good at 4-3. Mike Stys would add an insurance run with an RBI in the sixth before Chase Botson finished off the Stockaders.

Internicola finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Vargo was 2-for-2 with a run and Botson had a double and scored a run. Old Fort's Kaleb Lance had two hits including a double and two RBIs.

Botson, who pitched the final three innings, allowed no runs while striking out two and walking two to get the victory. Al Corton started and pitched the first four innings for the Lakers.

Jake Wilson took the loss for Old Fort, allowing five runs on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out two and walked six.

The Stockaders got on the board in the first when Brad Heilman lead off with a walk and stole second before Brandon Tittle drove him in with a double. Lance drove in two runs in the fourth with a double to account for Old Fort's other two runs.

Danbury travels to Gibsonburg to face the Golden Bears for the sectional title on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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