By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
SIDNEY — Lehman Catholic coach Dave King has been around long enough to know anything can happen when a suspended game resumes.
And Friday at Lehman, it was all good for the Cavaliers.
Lehman jumped on Mechanicsburg pitcher Matt Bogan — who didn’t get a lot of help from his defense — for six runs in the home second when the D-IV sectional tournament game resumed — stretching a 1-0 lead to 7-0.
The Cavaliers rode that to a 9-1 victory.
Lehman, 18-4 and the top seed, will face Covington at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hardman Field in the sectional title game.
Mechanicsburg finishes 14-10.
“First, I thought the run we got (Wednesday) was big, the way we were able to manufacture a run with Greg Spearman,” King said. “Then, the way Max Shutt came out and got us going.”
Following Shutt’s single, Dylan Arnold put down a bunt — when the throw was wild, Shutt came all the way around to score and Arnold finished on third base.
He scored on Austin Arnold’s RBI single.
Spearman walked and with two out, Cole Profitt singled.
Two runs scored when pitcher A.J. Hemmelgarn reached on an error and after Parker Riley was hit by a pitch, Shutt capped the inning with a two-run double to make it 7-0.
Which is exactly what Hemmelgarn wanted to see.
He cruised into the seventh inning with a four-hit shutout.
“It just gives you a lot of confidence,” Hemmelgarn said. “And the defense played great behind me. This was definitely a lot different than the last three weeks. The cold and wind make things more difficult.”
Riley turned in three web gems at third base in the game.
“I thought Parker Riley was outstanding,” King said. “For a freshman to make plays like that in his first tournament game, that is something he is going to remember.”
A Nate Bosway homer in the fourth made it 8-0 and in the fifth, Austin Arnold doubled and scored on Spearman’s fielder’s choice.
“I thought everybody just swung the bats really well,” King said.
Mechanicsburg was able to break through for a run in the seventh.
With one out, Jacob Bowers walked.
He moved to second on Josh Brown’s single and scored on Kaleb Romero’s single.
“A.J. (Hemmelgarn) was sharp tonight,” King said. “He got a little tired in the seventh, but we wanted him to be able to finish (the game).”
He did just that, retiring the next two Indian hitters to end the game.
“It wasn’t a lot of focus,” Hemmelgarn said. “With the cold, my arm tightened up a little bit. I struggled for a couple hitters, but I was able to get through it.”
King was happy to get the game in — while a few other games in the area had to be postponed.
“You get the field ready and then you see a few rain drops,” King said. “But, this has been a crazy spring (weather wise).”
Where anything can happen — just like it did when the game resumed Friday