GREENFIELD — A nine-run second inning catapulted Wilmington to a 16-2 win over McClain Friday in South Central Ohio League baseball action in Highland County.
Jordan Ianson (2-1) was the recipient of the Hurricane offensive outburst. Ianson struck out eight and gave up three hits. He walked three but only one of the runs allowed was earned.
Wilmington improved to 7-6 overall and 6-1 in the SCOL.
Andrew Davis had two hits and drove in three runs for WHS. Stephen Krause had three hits, two of them doubles, with two RBI. Chris Wolary had two hits and drove in three runs. Chad Davis had a triple, an RBI and scored three times. Drew Carey had two hits and knocked in a run.
The first two batters went down for the Hurricane in the first inning but then Brady McCune legged out a double to start a rally that led to a 2-0 WHS lead.
“You’re going away, you never know what’s going to happen,” WHS coach Rick Kneisel said. “It looked like we were going to go out 1-2-3- and build the confidence for them.”
Following McCune’s extra-base hit, Krause launched one “that would have been a homerun at our park” that drove in McCune. Krause ended up at second and eventually came home on a single by Wolary.
“Now you feel pretty good about yourself, up 2-0 and you have Jordan Ianson on the mound,” Kneisel said. “It set a tone that first inning. If nothing else, it put my mind at ease.”
In the big second, Andrew Davis had a run-scoring single, Brad Keller had a two-run double and Krause collected his second double and another RBI, Kneisel said.