‘This is exactly where we want to be’ … Badin tops Padua, will meet West Branch for D-II state title

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Badin High School pitcher Caleb Driessen celebrates June 7, 2024, after a Division II state baseball semifinal against Parma Padua Franciscan at Canal Park in Akron. Badin won 5-0. RICK CASSANO/STAFF

AKRON — Caleb Driessen had to settle for some celebratory flying leather Friday as Badin High School’s baseball team closed in on its first state championship in nearly 30 years.

Driessen, a sophomore right-hander, fired a three-hitter and the Rams continued their postseason dominance with a 5-0 victory over Parma Padua




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