BLANCHESTER — Down 8-0 through four innings, Wilmington broke out with seven runs in the fifth and six more in the seventh to rally for a 13-8 win Thursday over Blanchester in a non-league baseball game at Bott Field.
The Wildcats are 12-7 on the season. Wilmington improves to 11-5.
“We sure let one slip away,” BHS coach Aaron Lawson said. “I commend Wilmington for not giving up. We certainly didn’t beat ourselves. Sometimes you need to tip your cap and move on. Certainly nothing to be ashamed of.”
Chris Wolary and Kyler Reed both drove in three Hurricane runs. Nate Lakes led a 14-hit WHS attack with three hits, all singles. Wolary and Brett Bell had two hits each.
Reed’s trio of RBI came in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded double.
Josh Piechocki, a WHS senior, started on the mound then gave way to Lakes who finished for the win.
“I was unhappy with the way we started,” WHS coach Dustin James said. “We committed errors early and did not help Josh. It was only his third outing and first time he threw more than six pitches in a game.”
For Lakes, it was his debut on the mound.
“He came in and threw strikes and our defense made plays,” James said. “He even threw out a couple of guys.”
For Blanchester, Gavin Creighton had two hits, two runs batted in and four stolen bases. Jack Davidson had two hits and drove in two runs. Preston Griffin stole three bases.
“We missed signs early and made some bad decisions on offense that, again, ran us out of innings,” said James. “Blanchester did a good job. Coach Lawson is doing a great job with those kids. They are aggressive at the plate and on the basepathers. He has done a great job of implementing his system and the kids have bought in.”
April 27, 2017
@Bott Field, BHS
Wilmington 13 Blanchester 8
(13) WILMINGTON (ab-r-h-rbi) Meyer 4-2-1-1 Hottinger 4-1-1-1 Krause 2-2-1-1 Wolary 3-1-2-3 Davis 4-1-1-2 Bell 4-2-2-0 Reed 3-1-1-3 Lakes 5-2-3-0 Wyrick 4-1-2-1. TOTALS 33-13-14-12
(8) BLANCHESTER (ab-r-h-rbi) Rausch 2-1-0-0 Creighton 3-3-2-2 Monhollen 3-0-1-1 Bandow 3-0-0-0 Howard 0-2-0-0 Waialae 2-0-0-0 Davidson 3-1-2-2 Farrow 3-0-0-0 Fawley 0-0-0-0 Baker 3-0-0-0 Griffin 3-1-0-0. TOTALS 25-8-5-5
2B: W-Krause, Davis, Reed; B-Creighton, Davidson
SB: W-Hottinger, Wolary, Wyrick; B-Rausch, Creighton 4, Howard, Davidson 2, Griffin 3
HBP: W-Krause; B-Baker
Lakes (W) 3.1-0-0-1-0
Baker (L) 6-10-9-9-7-5