The Blanchester reserve baseball team tied Clermont Northeastern 3-3 Saturday evening at Bott Field.
The game started late because the varsity contest was moved to BHS because the CNE field was unplayable.
”Nothing about (Saturday) went according to schedule and everyone had to be flexible,” BHS coach Andrew Freeman said. “It was nice to be able to watch the varsity team get a big league win ahead of us. But that meant we had to sit for a few hours after warming up and being prepared for our game to start. We also knew we were going to have to play fast to get as much of the game in as possible.”
Mason Rector pitched four innings and did not allow a run for Blanchester. He had a hit and scored a run at the plate. Kaleb Goodin had two hits. Carter Stevens also had a hit and scored a run.
“We made the routine plays, along with a couple pick-offs and very nice plays that got us out of tough spots,” said Freeman. “I know it was disappointing for our guys to lose the lead in the seventh. Then due to darkness we did not get an opportunity to bat in the bottom of the inning, which again was disappointing, but the right decision. Altogether, the day was nothing like we had originally planned, but we put together an entire team effort that the I am proud of. This is definitely a game that we can build off of going forward.”
On Friday, Blanchester lost to Bethel-Tate 12-8.
Freeman lamented the number of errors his squad committed.
“Multiple times throughout the game we had back-to-back plays that resulted in fielding errors,” he said. “Mistakes and errors are a part of the game, we expect them to happen, but for us moving forward we have really got to focus on making the routine plays.”
Orin Potts and Jesse Wright pitched for Blanchester, with Potts starting the game on the mound. Potts had two hits, scored two runs and stole two bases on offense. Goodin had two hits, including a double, and scored a run. Hayden Tedrick had two hits and drove in two runs.