BLANCHESTER — A tough-luck loss in the game one prevented Blanchester from sweeping a non-league baseball doubleheader Saturday with Cedarville at Bott Field.
The Wildcats lost the first game 2-1 despite a sterling pitching effort by Brody Rice. The Wildcats came back in the second game with a 13-2 win in three innings.
In the first game, Rice struck out 10 and walked one in six innings. He gave up six hits.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t get the win for Brody,” BHS coach Aaron Lawson. “He pitched a gem. It’s the best I’ve seen him pitch since his injury his sophomore year. His velocity was up and he used his off-speed a lot. He attacked the strike zone and kept the ball down.
“We either ran ourselves out of the inning with mental mistakes on the bases or couldn’t get the big hit with runners in scoring position. We had a few different opportunities. Very frustrating.”
Rice drove in a run at the plate. Zach West and Jacob Hamm had hits for Blanchester.
In the second game, Bryce Sipple and James Wymer drove in two runs each as BHS walked away with the win.
“We had good discipline at the plate,” Lawson said. “Did a good job of taking what the pitcher gave us and not helping him out.”
Trenton Czaika had a hit and RBI as did Jake Ficke. Wymer also had a hit.
Czaika and Dylan Estep pitched for BHS with Estep getting the win.