WILMINGTON — A seven-run sixth inning Wednesday propelled Wilmington to a 9-8 win over Talawanda in a Division I sectional baseball game at the WHS diamond.
The win moves the Hurricane to 14-6 on the year and into the second round of the tournament. WHS will travel to Mason for a 5 p.m. Thursday first pitch. There is a $5 admission charge. The Comets are the No. 6 seed in the tournament.
Talawanda led 7-2 in the top of the fourth before the Hurricane bats came to life. Wilmington scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth then Stephen Krause, who took the mound in the fifth inning, allowed one unearned run in the top of the seventh to close out the win.
Coach Dusty James said Zach Wyrick pitched well early in the game for WHS but “we did not play very good defense behind him.”
Said James, “We made errors and mental mistakes that allowed runs. We were able to fight back and that was great to see out of the kids. Stephen was able to come in and close the door for us.”
Krause had two hits and two runs batted in to lead the WHS offense.
Chad Davis, Ryan Hottinger, Chris Wolary, Brett Bell and Wyrick had one hit each. Alex Meyer, despite going hitless, reached base three times, stole a base and scored a pair of runs. Wyrick had a steal and a run scored. Hottinger, Wolary, Davis and Bell drove in one run each.
“This was a great night for the seniors,” said James. “Senior night didn’t go as planned, but we were able to get them a win in their final game at Wilmington. As I mentioned previously. I can not think of a harder working group of kids that show up every day willing to sacrifice for the team. It truly shows the character of our seniors and the way they have been coached throughout they playing career.”