MT. ORAB — Zach Wyrick and Drew Carey led Wilmington to a 13-3 win in five innings Friday over Clermont Northeastern in the opening round of the Western Brown Invitational baseball tournament at Gary Waits Stadium.
The Hurricane, 12-5 on the year, will play Western Brown at Noon Saturday in the tournament’s championship game. The Broncos defeated Georgetown 10-0 Friday.
Wyrick went the distance on the mound, striking out three and surrendering eight hits. All three runs were earned. He did not walk a batter. In a pitch-efficient effort for the Hurricane lefty, Wyrick threw 62 pitches, 49 of which were strikes. He faced 23 batters and threw 19 first-pitch strikes.
“When you throw 80 percent strikes and 83 percent first pitch strikes you are in control of your stuff,” WHS coach Dustin James said.
At the plate, Carey went 4-for-4 with two runs batted in.
“We played well,” James said. “We hit well and made plays on defense when we needed them. I was proud of our performance.”
Ryan Hottinger, Chris Wolary, Chad Davis, Brett Bell, Kyler Reed and Nate Lakes had two hits each. Wolary had a pair of doubles and two RBI. Reed had two doubles and one RBI. Stephen Krause doubled in a run. Davis had two stolen bases and an RBI.