Bethel got back on the winning track, while Asher splits against two top-five teams.

Lauck, Diebold power Bethel over Washington

BETHEL – A strong performance from Cade Lauck and a solid day defensively got the Bethel Wildcats a 6-1 win over Washington on Friday.

Lauck threw all seven inning, giving up five hits and five walks while striking out nine to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Brayden Diebold provided most of the offense, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning and adding an RBI base hit in the second, finishing the day 3-for-4.

The home run was Diebold’s fifth of the season.

Tyler Watson added a pair of base hits, while Brooks Richards and Peyton Epperley each had a double.

“We played some of our best defense of the year,” Bethel head coach Todd Brown said. “Cade did a great job. Every time he got into trouble, he found a way to get out of it.”

Lauck stranded nine Washington baserunners.

The Wildcats will host Perkins on Monday at 5 p.m.

Asher splits three-way

ASHER – The Asher Indians split a three-way with two other top-five teams on Friday, losing to third-ranked Leedey 4-2 before bouncing back to down fifth-ranked Olustee 8-0 in the second game.

Leedey got two runs in the top of the seventh to hand the Indians just their third loss of the season against a Class B opponent. Caleb Dubler took the loss on the mound despite striking out 14 batters in seven innings, allowing seven hits and four walks.

Colby Carpenter had the Indians’ only RBI of the game with a single in Asher’s two-run fourth inning. Dubler and catcher Phillip Leon had two hits apiece.

In the second game the Indians scored in four consecutive innings to defeat Olustee by run rule.

Tanner Andrews held Olustee to one hit in five innings, striking out eight to improve to 9-2 on the season.

Tim Johnson had two hits for Asher, driving in two runs. George Merchain had two hits and three RBIs for the Indians.

Asher will host Stonewall on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.