WILMINGTON – Down 9-1 early, the Wilmington High School baseball team rallied for a 23-12 win over Little Miami Thursday in non-league action at the WHS diamond.
Winners of three in a row, Wilmington is 4-2 on the year and is off until Monday against Batavia.
“We got down big,” WHS coach Dustin James said. “Most people would have thought this was going to be a blowout. The kids knew they could battle back. They kept fighting.”
The Panthers plated six runs in the second and put the Hurricane in an eight-run deficit.
Wilmington began its improbable run of runs with eight in the second, James said, then 14 in the third.
In the third, WHS put together five straight singles and mixed in six walks and doubles by Jordan Tackett, Kyler Reed and Jake Vaughan. When the dust settled, WHS had 14 runs, 11 hits and six walks in the inning and led 23-11.
“We did a great job of hitting in the third,” said James. “It became contagious. Everyone got involved. You always try to motivate your kids, especially when they are down early. You never know how they are going to respond. They did an unbelievable job. I couldn’t be more proud. The last few days we have left tons of runners base. Tonight we left six, which is not great, but when you have 40 plate appearances in four innings and score 23 runs, you have to be happy.”
Tackett pitched the first three innings for WHS then gave way to Nate Lakes who earned the win. Lakes went two innings, allowing a hit and three walks. He struck out two and gave up one earned run.
At the plate, several Hurricane had big days.
Reed finished with three hits, two of them doubles, scored three runs and knocked in four. Tackett had three hits, scored three runs and drove in four teammates. Stephen Krause had three hits, three runs and three RBI. Brett Bell was the fourth member of the three-hit club. He scored twice and drove in one.
Alex Meyer had two hits, stole a base, was hit by a pitch and drove in a run. Vaughan had two hits, scored twice, drove in two, walked once and doubled. Ben McAllister had two hits, two runs batted in, scored two runs, walked and had a sacrifice. Jason Wilson walked three times and scored three runs. Lake had a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs.