Wilmington took advantage of Blanchester’s seven walks and five errors Tuesday en route to a 7-2 win in non-league baseball action at the WHS diamond.
“We cannot give a team that many free bases and expect to win,” BHS coach Aaron Lawson said. “I give Wilmington a lot of credit. They played well. A very clean game and hit the baseball forcing us to make plays.”
Blanchester is 4-4 on the year and will host Williamsburg Wednesday. BHS has an unbeaten 3-0 mark in the SBAAC National Division.
“No time to dwell on this one,” Lawson said of the loss to the Hurricane. “Got to move on and be ready.”
Wilmington is now 2-2.
“It was good to bounce back after losing to New Richmond Friday,” said WHS coach Dustin James. “Our players responded well. I look for this momentum to help carry us the rest of this week as we travel to Goshen on Wednesday and host Little Miami at home on Thursday.”
Ben McAllister started on the mound for the Hurricane, going five innings while allowing three hits, one earned run and zero walks. Nate Lakes followed McAllister to the mound with two hitless innings of work.
“I was really impressed with our pitching,” said James. “Ben did a great job of throwing strikes and our defense was solid behind him. Ben did not put any guys on base and did not give up a hit until mid-way through the third inning.”
Preston Griffin had a hit and a run batted in for BHS. Jack Davidson and Eric Patton both had hits for Blanchester as well.
For Wilmington, Brett Bell had two hits and Stephen Krause had a hit, scored two runs, walked three times and picked up an RBI. Jordan Tackett doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch. He also had two runs batted in.
McAllister had two hits, a walk and an RBI for the Hurricane. Lakes had a hit, scored a run and drove in a run.