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SOUTH WEBSTER —Looks like a tune-up Thursday turned into a South Webster shutout.

That’s because the host Jeeps book-ended at-bats with all 10 runs they needed, and got a one-hit complete-game pitching gem from junior ace Robert Martin, as South Webster turned back Notre Dame on Thursday — with a 10-0 baseball blanking in Jeep Country.

That’s correct —as South Webster evened its record to 12-12, scoring four first-inning runs and ending the non-league affair with a six-run spot in the fifth.

The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.

The loss left the Titans at 11-10.

Both clubs are members of the Southern Ohio Conference, but reside in opposite divisions.

The Jeeps outhit the Titans 6-1, and took great advantage of six Notre Dame errors —offsetting the three they made themselves.

Connor Bender and Jaren Lower both went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a run batted in, as Isaiah Ruth and Martin mustered two RBI and one hit apiece.

Martin also crossed the plate once, helping himself out in his complete-game dominance.

He struck out a dozen Titans, didn’t issue a walk, hit one batter, and only gave up a Dylan Seison single.

“We had good production from the top of our order that got things going early for us. Connor (Bender) and Jaren (Lower) have been tablesetters for us all year long and tonight was no different,” said SWHS coach Ryan McClintic. “It was also a very efficient game on the mound for Robert. He didn’t nibble and challenged their hitters from start to finish.”

Martin’s pitching counterpart —Reagan Lester —went the distance on the hill for the Titans.

Notre Dame, the 12th-seeded squad in the Southeast District tournament, returns home on Saturday —and plays host to New Boston for a Division IV sectional semifinal.

First pitch is set for high noon.

The Jeeps, meanwhile, are the seventh-seeded unit, and return home on Tuesday to host a Division IV sectional championship tilt —against either Miller or 10th-seeded Trimble.

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

South Webster junior pitcher Robert Martin delivers a pitch to a Notre Dame batter during Thursday’s non-league baseball game.

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DETROIT (AP) — Tigers starter Michael Pineda exited early after being hit in the hand by a line drive and the Detroit bullpen did the rest, teaming on a four-hitter to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Saturday.

Eric Haase and Willi Castro homered for the Tigers, who clinched their first series win at home this season. The Detroit defense also contributed, turning four double plays.

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Pineda retired all four hitters he faced, but the righty had to leave after Ramon Urias’ liner hit him in the pitching hand in the second inning. Wily Peralta replaced him, with the game delayed to give him time to warm up.

Peralta (1-0) set down eight batters and four more relievers finished. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Bruce Zimmermann (2-2) allowed two earned runs in six-plus innings.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second when left fielder Ryan McKenna misplayed Jonathan Schoop’s leadoff double, allowing him to reach third. Castro followed with a sacrifice fly.

Haase made it 2-0 with a leadoff homer in the fifth and Castro ended Zimmermann’s day with a homer on his first pitch of the seventh.

Baltimore’s first hit was a single by Tyler Nevin in the fifth. The Orioles didn’t get a runner into scoring position until Urias doubled off Joe Jimenez in the seventh.

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Tigers: RHP Casey Mize (elbow) was removed from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo after one start and will return to Detroit’s spring-training complex in Florida for further evaluation. … OF Austin Meadows (inner-era infection) took batting practice and could return Sunday.

Orioles: OF Austin Hayes (hand) was able to pinch-run in Friday’s loss, one day after being spiked on the left hand, but won’t be able to swing a bat until Sunday.

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The Orioles optioned reliever Denyi Reyes to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled McKenna.

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With two out in the eighth and McKenna on first, Cedric Mullins hit a grounder to Tigers shortstop Javy Baez, who was shifted to the right side of second base. Baez moved to tag Mullins, who stopped and began backing toward first base – a move Baez uses to confuse infielders into chasing him. It didn’t work – Baez simply stepped on second base – but the pair shared a laugh after the play.

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