Hurricane misses chance to tie SCOL race

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Wilmington missed a chance to reclaim a share of first place in the South Central Ohio League Wednesday after losing to Washington Senior 9-7.

“We did not play Wilmington baseball,” WHS coach Dustin James said. “We committed too many errors. We had a couple of guys play their secondary positions given the pitching we’ve had this week and that hurt us defensively.

“Early in the game we had kids attempt to steal third with no outs in separate innings. Both were thrown out. We did not have our heads in the game. We did not back up our outfielders on plays. We did not back up the catcher on throws home. The list of things we did not do well is very long.”

But James said that was compounded with the nears from Chillicothe.

“The worst part if coming off the field hearing (Clinton-Massie) lost,” James said. “We talk about doing our job. That is all we had to do tonight and it didn’t get done.”

The loss puts Wilmington at 10-5 overall and 9-3 in the league. The Hurricane trails the Falcons by one game in the league standings.

Brett Bell pitched one inning, surrendering six earned runs. Ryan Hottinger pitched five innings, striking out two, walking one and allowing two earned runs. Hottinger took the loss.

Wilmington rallied from a 7-2 deficit and tied the game at 7-7 in the fourth.

Stephen Krause homered for WHS while Bell and Chris Wolary both had doubles. Chad Davis also had a hit. Zach Wyrick led Wilmington with two hits.

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