The Miami Trace Panthers varsity baseball team was back in action Tuesday after their game against Clinton-Massie was postponed Monday due to wet field conditions.
The Panthers honored their three seniors prior to taking on the Shermans of Unioto High School.
In a well-played ballgame, the Panthers rallied with two runs in the sixth to take the win, 2-1.
Seniors Drew Stevens, Kody Scott and Trevon Burnside were honored prior to the game.
Trenton Harris pitched the complete game for the Panthers to notch the victory.
He scattered eight hits and allowed one earned run with no walks and four strikeouts.
Harley Patterson started and worked six innings, suffering the loss for the Shermans. He gave up five hits and two runs (both earned) with five walks and eight strikeouts.
“Trevon Burnside has had an excellent career for us,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “He played second tonight for us.
“Drew Stevens has had an excellent senior year for us,” Smith said. “He’s come up with some big hits for us.
“Kody Scott hasn’t played much for us, but he’s a viable player for us,” Smith said. “He does a lot of things that people don’t notice. Kody’s done a nice job for us.”
The game was scoreless as the fourth inning unfolded.
For the Shermans, Gavin Ogan led off the fourth with a double.
Ryan Sigler followed with an rbi double to make it 1-0, Tanks.
Unioto kept the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning.
Coby Hughes led the sixth off with a walk for the Panthers.
With one out, Brady Wallace hit a double that scored Hughes, tying the game.
Josh Morton came up with a single, putting runners on the corners.
Mitchell Creamer smacked a double that scored Wallace for a 2-1 Miami Trace lead.
The Panthers went on to leave the bases loaded without doing further damage. Miami Trace stranded five in the game.
“Trenton pitched a great game,” Smith said. “He got a lot of ground balls and he struck out four. When he’s on, he’ll get a lot of ground ball outs as well as some strikeouts. When you don’t walk batters and let our defense play, it helps. In the inning where they scored, he got out of a jam that, earlier in the year, we might have given up five or six runs and he held them to one.
“That’s what we’ve been doing lately,” Smith continued. “We’ve been throwing a lot more strikes lately.
“Their pitcher kept us off balance all night,” Smith added. “Early on, we couldn’t do much against him.”
Smith also added that he and Unioto head coach, Tony Taylor, were roommates in college.
“We haven’t been able to play the last few years,” Smith said. “We always get rained out. It’s fun to play against an old teammate from college. Unioto’s had an outstanding program for the past 25 years. Tony’s been there, probably, the last 14 years.
“It’s a quality win,” Smith said. “They finished third in the SVC (Scioto Valley Conference). As long as we win on of our last two, we can finish third in our league.”
Miami Trace is now 13-6 overall, 7-5 in the SCOL.
The Panthers are at Mitchell Park in Greenfield to play the McClain Tigers Thursday and home against Clinton-Massie Friday.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Trenton Harris, 0-2; Brady Wallace, 2-3, 1 run, 1 2b, 1 rbi; Josh Morton, 1-3; Mitchell Creamer, 1-3, 1 2b, 1 rbi; Skylar McDonald, 0-2, 1 bb; Drew Stevens, 0-2, 1 bb; Logan Robinson, 1-3; Trevon Burnside, 0-2; Kody Scott, 0-0, 1 bb; Coby Hughes, 0-0, 1 bb, 1 run.
For Unioto, Casey White went 3 for 4 and Ryan Sigler was 2 for 4.
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