The Miami Trace Panthers varsity baseball team traveled to Clinton-Massie High School for a game against the defending SCOL co-champion Falcons Monday, April 10.
The Falcons won the game, 4-2.
Massie is now 8-2 overall, 5-0 in the final-ever season for the storied, old South Central Ohio League.
Miami Trace is now 6-2 overall, 3-2 in the SCOL.
Weston Trampler got the win for the Falcons, going seven innings, striking out nine.
Trenton Harris took the loss for the Panthers. He pitched six innings, striking out four and issuing one walk with six hits and two hit batsmen. Three of Massie’s runs were earned.
After a scoreless inning and a half, Massie put two runs on the board in the bottom of the second.
Trampler was hit by a pitch, Aric France hit a double and Cam Collett drove him in with a single.
It remained a 2-0 game until the bottom of the fourth when the Falcons struck for two more runs.
The scenario was similar to that of the second inning.
Trampler was again hit by a pitch. A single by France scored Trampler and a single by Collett, coupled with a Panther error, scored France.
The Panthers were being no-hit through five innings.
In the top of the sixth, Jacob Batson got the Panthers’ first hit, a single.
Austin Mathews reached on an error. Batson was picked off at second base.
Heath Cockerill reached on an error. Harris singled, scoring Mathews and Josh Morton hit a single.
Cockerill scored on a wild pitch for what would prove to be the final tally of the game.
Skyler McDonald led off the top of the seventh with a double for Miami Trace, but the next three batters were retired in order.
“For some reason, we just don’t play well there,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “We didn’t wake up until about the sixth inning. Trampler kept us off-balance and caught us looking six or seven times.
“We just didn’t play very well early,” Smith said. “We had two base-running mistakes in the sixth when we had a chance to tie it up. We can’t do that against a good baseball team.”
The Panthers host the Washington Blue Lions Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Trenton Harris, 1-3, 1 rbi; Josh Morton, 1-3; Brady Wallace, 0-3; Mitchell Creamer, 0-3; Skyler McDonald, 1-3, 1 2b; Logan Robinson, 0-3; Jacob Batson, 1-3; Austin Mathews, 0-3, 1 run; Heath Cockerill, 0-2, 1 run.
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Panthers defeat N’Eastern
On Saturday, Miami Trace defeated Springfield Northeastern, 6-4.
“That was a good non-conference victory against a solid baseball team,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said.
Skyler McDonald was the winning pitcher for Miami Trace.
He struck out three and walked three, allowing four hits and two runs over 5.1 innings.
Darby Tyree notched the save for the Panthers. He pitched 1.2 innings, striking out three with no walks and one hit.
The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning.
Trenton Harris led off with a double and Brady Wallace followed with a single.
Mitchell Creamer hit a single that scored both runners.
In the top of the second, Preston Huff walked and Harris hit a double, putting runners at second and third.
Josh Morton hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Huff.
The Panthers added three more runs in the sixth.
Jacob Batson walked and Huff bunted him to second.
Austin Mathews then singled and Harris reached on an error.
Brady Wallace drew a walk, scoring Batson.
There followed a double from Creamer to score two.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Trenton Harris, 2-4, 2 2b, 2 runs; Josh Morton, 0-3, 1 rbi; Brady Wallace, 1-3, 1 run; Mitchell Creamer, 2-3, 4 rbi, 1 2b; Skyler McDonald, 1-3; Logan Robinson, 0-3; Hunter Moore, 0-1; Jacob Batson, 0-3, 1 run; Preston Huff, 0-1, 1 run; Heath Cockerill, 0-1; Austin Mathews, 1-2, 1 run.
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