CINCINNATI — Alec Richardson pitched a complete game four-hitter Thursday as the Blanchester baseball team defeated Cincinnati Country Day 4-1 in a Div. III Cincinnati 3 Sectional tournament game at CCD.
The Wildcats, 16-5 on the year, will face Roger Bacon 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Cincinnati 3 Sectional championship game at Midland Field.
For Richardson, it was his first complete game of the season. He struck out seven and the run he allowed was unearned.
“He brings confidence to our team and the ability to attack hitters,” BHS coach Aaron Lawson said. “We know he will be around the plate which allows us to keep our defensive focus throughout the game.”
Richardson. Travis Nelson and Gavin Creighton had two hits each, but it was a couple of “clutch” hits by Dylan Fawley and Dustin Howard that helped BHS get off to a good start.
“We came out swinging the bats and won the first three innings and never looked back,” said Lawson. “Dylan and Dustin had clutch RBI singles. We hit the ball well. We only had three strikeouts. A lot of good things happen in high school baseball when you put the ball in play.”
Lawson also was pleased with his team’s defense. Though the Wildcats committed one error, which led to the unearned run in the first for the Indians, Lawson said, “If you told me I will give opponents 22 outs every time out, I will take it.”
@Cin Country Day
Blanchester 4 CCD 1
(4) BLANCHESTER (ab-r-h-rbi) Richardson 3-1-2-0 Nelson 3-1-2-0 Monhollen 3-0-0-1 Stevens 3-0-0-0 Rausch 3-0-0-0 Creighton 3-2-2-0 Fawley 1-0-1-1 Hopkins 2-0-0-0 Howard 3-0-1-1 Anderson 2-0-0-0 Bandow 1-0-1-0. TOTALS 27-4-9-3
(1) COUNTRY DAY (ab-r-h-rbi) Davis 3-0-1-0 Sachs 3-1-1-0 Allen 3-0-1-1 Smith 2-0-0-0 Poane 3-0-1-0 Rowe 2-0-0-0 Foster 3-0-0-0 Schwartz 2-0-0-0 Lykins 3-0-0-0. TOTALS 24-1-4-1
SB: Richardson, Nelson 3, Creighton 2, Hopkins; C-Sachs
Richardson (W) 7-4-1-0-3-7
Sachs (L) 7-9-4-4-3-3