On a very cold first Monday of April, the Miami Trace Panthers varsity baseball team hosted Wilmington for an SCOL match-up.
The Hurricane won this game, 9-4.
The game was decided by one bad inning for the Panthers.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead after one turn at bat.
Wilmington tied the game with two in the fourth and scored seven in the fifth.
The Panthers came back with two in the bottom of the fifth, but that turned out to be the end of the scoring in this game.
Miami Trace had a total of eight walks, two hit batsmen and 11 passed balls/wild pitches.
“That was the difference in the ball game,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “We played a pretty solid ball game, other than the fifth inning.
“My kids played hard, other than that one bad inning,” Smith said. “That’s what’s going to happen when you have a young team.”
Darby Tyree took the loss on the mound for the Panthers.
Trenton Harris came on in relief of Tyree.
McCune got the win for the Hurricane.
In the bottom of the first for Miami Trace, Josh Morton reached on an error.
Brady Wallace followed with a bunt single. Morton scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitchell Creamer.
Wallace soon scored on a passed ball.
The Panthers carried the 2-0 lead into the top of the fourth inning.
Wilmington tied the game in the fourth.
McCune singled and Hottinger drew a walk.
Davis hit into a fielder’s choice and McCune scored on a wild pitch.
Hottinger scored on Frisco’s single.
The Hurricane posted seven runs in the fifth.
In the Wilmington fifth, the Hurricane had two walks, a batter reached on an error, a fielder’s choice drove in a run, there were two singles and a double, two passed balls and one wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Morton reached on an error. He would later score on a single by Wallace.
Wallace then scored on a single by McDonald.
The Panthers (now 4-1 overall, 2-1 in the SCOL) are scheduled to play at home Wednesday against McClain at 5 p.m.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Brady Wallace, 2-4, 2 runs, 1 rbi; Josh Morton, 0-4, 2 runs; Skyler McDonald, 1-4, 1 rbi; Logan Robinson, 1-3; Drew Stevens, 1-3; Coby Hughes, 0-2; Trevon Burnside, 0-3; Trenton Harris, 0-2; Hunter Moore, 1-1; Mitchell Creamer, 1 rbi.
On Saturday, the Panthers went to Xenia to take on Xenia Christian.
With winds gusting over 50 miles per hour, the Panthers rallied from a 10-1 deficit to post a 13-12 victory.
Hunter Moore came on in relief of Drew Stevens and got the win.
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Reach Chris Hoppes at 740-335-3611, ext. 1104, or on Twitter @choppes1