DAYTON — An unearned run ended a wild, back and forth game Saturday with Blanchester topping Clinton-Massie 7-6 at Day Air Credit Union Ballpark, home of the minor league Dayton Dragons.
Blanchester, winners of six straight games, is 7-2. Clinton-Massie goes to 5-6.
“Very happy with how this team is coming together the past two weeks,” BHS manager Aaron Lawson said. “We have been playing some very competitive baseball and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.”
Zach West, who started on the mound for the Wildcats, was named the Bob Ross Auto Group player of the game. He gave up just one hit, but walked four and left the game in the middle of the sixth with the Falcons rallying.
Massie batted around in the sixth, took advantage of four walks by BHS pitching and erased a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead. Blanchester regained the lead in its half of the sixth, 6-5.
“That was a wild sixth,” Lawson said. “Very happy with how the team responded and handled the swing of events. They kept fighting and found a way to win.”
Garrett Vance singled in the equalizer for the Falcons in the seventh inning. Whereas Massie was aided by Blanchester walks, the Wildcats took advantage of two hit batters in the seventh, West and Ty Miller. Adam Frump then hit a groundball that was mishandled on the infield, which allowed West to score the game-winning run.
April 16, 2022
@Day Air Credit Union Ballpark
Blanchester 7, Clinton-Massie 6
(6) CLINTON-MASSIE (ab-r-h-rbi) VanHose 4-0-1-2 McDowell 3-1-0-0 Keck 2-2-0-0 Smith 2-0-0-0 Frisch 1-1-0-0 Wildermuth 3-0-1-1 Denehy 0-1-0-0 Vance 3-0-1-1 Stanley 0-0-0-0 Hunter 1-0-0-0 Johnson 2-1-0-1 Theetge 3-0-1-1 Creech 3-0-1-0 TOTALS 27-6-5-6
(7) BLANCHESTER (ab-r-h-rbi) Burch 4-1-3-1 Dick 4-0-1-0 James Wymer 4-0-1-1 West 3-1-0-0 Roush 4-0-1-0 Miller 2-1-0-0 Frump 4-1-0-0 Sipple 3-2-2-1 Jansen Wymer 3-1-1-2 Mulvihill 0-0-0-0 TOTALS 31-7-9-5
HBP: CM-Johnson; B-Miller, West