Wilmington scored seven runs in the third inning then had to hold off Hillsboro Friday for a 13-8 win in South Central Ohio League baseball action on the WHS diamond.
The game originally was to be played at Hillsboro but the diamonds in Highland County were not playable so the site was switched to WHS.
“Neither team played great ball,” WHS coach Rick Kneisel said. “It was a windy, cool night.”
The win puts Wilmington at 2-0 in the SCOL and 3-2 overall.
Once again, the Hurricane bats were ready, banging out 12 hits. Brad Keller and Brady McCune led the hit parade with three each. Keller drove in two runs and scored a key run in the fifth when he sprinted home from third on a pitched ball in the dirt. McCune drove in one run.
Keller also picked up the pitching victory, in relief of starter Jordan Ianson, who went 3 1/3 innings. He struck out six and gave up two earned runs.
Keller went the final 3 2/3 innings on the mound, striking out four. He set the Indians down in order in the seventh to complete the victory. The two WHS hurlers combined to hold Hillsboro to six hits.
Wilmington trailed 1-0 before plating seven runs in the third, two of which came on Stephen Krause’s two-run “monumental” blast to centerfield, Kneisel said. Hillsboro got the hint and walked Krause intentionally the next three times he came to the plate, the WHS coach said.
Hillsboro scored four in the fourth but Wilmington responded with three in the fourth. The Hurricane matched the Indians one run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth to keep the five-run margin.
Chad Davis had two hits and drove in a run. Andrew Davis and Marlyn Frisco both had two RBI while Ryan Hottinger drove in one teammate.