Wildcats stay unbeaten in National Division play


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BLANCHESTER – The Blanchester baseball team remained unbeaten in SBAAC National Division play Saturday with a 9-4 win over Clermont Northeastern at Bott Field on the BHS campus.

The teams warmed up at CNE but umpires determined the outfield was not playable and the game was moved to Blanchester, coach Aaron Lawson said.

Blanchester (4-3 overall, 3-0 National) received a strong 2018 debut from Jacksson Waialae on the mound.

“It makes such a huge difference when he is in the lineup,” Lawson said. “He did fall behind some hitters but he found ways to make pitches to get himself out of his own jams.

“Defense played very solid and made every play behind Jacksson. He was pitching with runners on base so any error could have been costly.”

At the plate, Brody Rice and Dustin Howard had singles and knocked in two runs each.

“We had a lot of guys with one hit,” said Lawson. “What was nice is they came in bunches. Makes it easier to score that way. We also had a couple of sacrifice bunts to move runners over for the next guy. Both teams we were able to cash those in.”

Eric Patton, Brant Bandow, Chris Farrow and Jack Davidson had RBIs for Blanchester. Chace Sicurella had two stolen bases. Waialae led the BHS hit parade with two hits.

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