The Miami Trace Panthers took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning at home against Chillicothe in the SCOL opener at Miami Trace High School Wednesday afternoon.
The Cavaliers scored a run, but left the tying run at third base as Miami Trace came away with a 2-1 victory.
The Panthers are now 2-0 on the season.
Trenton Harris started for the Panthers and pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two hits and one run (unearned). He walked five and struck out five to get the win.
Darby Tyree came on in a tight spot in the top of the seventh and pitched two-thirds of an inning with one strikeout to record the save.
The offense was balanced for the Panthers as seven players had one hit and Drew Stevens had two hits, including a double and one RBI.
In the bottom of the second inning for Miami Trace, Skyler McDonald had a one-out double. Stevens drove him in with a double.
In the fifth inning, Josh Morton led off with an infield single.
He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brady Wallace.
Morton stole third and scored on a single by Harris.
The Panthers had a chance to tack on a run in the sixth, but the Cavaliers helped themselves by turning a double play.
“I thought Trenton had command pretty much all game long,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “He didn’t have his best stuff. He didn’t pitch a lot in our scrimmages. We’re taking it slow with him.
“His stuff was good enough tonight to get the job done until there in the seventh inning,” Smith said. “Darby came in did what I asked him to do, which was get two outs. Those were their best two hitters. That was big for Darby’s confidence. He struggled last year as a freshman throwing strikes. He’s pitched really well in the scrimmages and then here tonight.
“Their pitcher tonight pitched a good game,” Smith said. “Where we are as a team right now is, we’re still not understanding situations. We’re a team that’s going to get better and better. Right now, we’re learning. I really like the make-up of this team. We have a lot of young guys in the lineup.”
Nihiser pitched all six innings for Chillicothe. He gave up two runs and nine hits with no strikeouts and no walks. He hit one batter.
The Panthers are off Thursday and return to SCOL action Friday at East Clinton.
The Panthers will play Xenia Christian in a doubleheader Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Athletes in Action Field in Xenia.
Miami Trace will have two home games next week: Monday against Wilmington and Wednesday against McClain.
In other SCOL action Wednesday, Wilmington beat McClain, 15-5 and Clinton-Massie beat Washington, 12-2 in six innings.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Josh Morton, 1-3, 1 run, 1 sb; Brady Wallace, 1-2, 2 sb, 1 sac.; Trenton Harris, 1-3, 1 rbi; Mitchell Creamer, 1-3; Skyler McDonald, 1-3, 1 2b, 1 run; Drew Stevens, 2-3, 1 2b, 1 rbi; Koby Hughes, 1-1, hbp, 1 bb; Trevon Burnside, 1-3; Heath Cockerill, 0-3.
Offensively for Chillicothe: Mathis, 1 2b; Valentine, 1 2b; Lechner, 1 run
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