On an extremely windy first day of May, the Washington Blue Lion varsity baseball team hosted the squad from Miami Trace High School.
The Blue Lions rallied from a 4-1 deficit to post an 8-4 victory.
Jarett Patton was the winning pitcher for the Blue Lions.
He pitched seven innings with four runs (two earned) on 11 hits. He walked two and did not strikeout a batter.
Trenton Harris worked six innings for the Panthers, taking the loss.
He allowed eight runs (one earned) on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out five.
The Panthers wasted no time in getting on the board in the first inning.
With one out, Josh Morton singled up the middle.
He stole second and scored on a single to left by Harris.
The Blue Lions quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first.
Eli Ruth reached on an error with one away.
Patton hit into a fielder’s choice and a passed ball moved Ruth to third.
Ruth scored on a single by Brian Wilson.
Griffin Shaw followed with a single, but the Blue Lions left two runners aboard.
With the first batter retired in the top of the second, Dalton Mayer reached on an error.
With two away, Logan Robinson drove Mayer home with a double to left-center.
After a scoreless second for Washington, the Panthers put two runs on the board in the top of the third.
After the first batter was retired, Brady Wallace reached on an error.
Harris singled to left and Creamer was safe on a fielder’s choice to load the bases.
Skyler McDonald drove in Wallace and Harris with a single to left-center.
The next two batters were retired to end the Panthers’ turn at the plate as they led, 4-1.
The Blue Lions rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The first batter was retired, bringing Ruth to the plate. He reached on an error and stole second.
Patton followed with a walk and Wilson followed with a two-run double.
The second out was recorded, followed by a walk to Logan Jackson.
Tyler Rood hit a double, scoring Wilson, tying the game, 4-4.
Nick Barrett followed with a single that scored Jackson. That proved to be the winning hit and winning run of the game.
Ethan Marting batted next and he singled, scoring Rood.
Marting stole second and Conner Chrisman singled, scoring Marting and Barrett to make it 8-4.
The Panthers had singles by Jacob Batson and Wallace in the fourth, but did not score.
The Blue Lions went out in order in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth, McDonald drew a two-out walk and Mayer singled. However, the next Panther batter was retired on a nice catch by Chrisman in right.
Rood and Barrett had back-to-back singles in the fifth with one out, but would not score.
Robinson hit his second double of the game to lead off the sixth for the Panthers. The next three batters were set down in order, preserving the four-run lead.
The Blue Lions went one, two, three in the sixth, bringing the Panthers to bat in the top of the seventh.
Harris started things off with a walk and Mitchell Creamer reached on an error.
After a pop out and a line out, Heath Cockerill was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Robinson hit a sinking liner to short, snagged by Ruth, for the final out of the game.
“Jarett received the game ball,” Washington head coach Tyler Rhodus said. “He threw the ball very well. It was probably his best outing of the year. He got stronger as the game went on. He was getting ahead of guys and throwing his breaking ball (for strikes).
“He got a lot of ground balls,” Rhodus said. “His fastball had nice bite. They were kind of swinging over the top of it.
“I thought we had good approaches (at the plate) all game long,” Rhodus said. “That’s what we’ve been looking for. We’re getting better as we go into tournament time.”
“They made plays and we didn’t, that was the difference,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “I thought we hit the ball hard all night and they made plays. When we didn’t make plays, they took advantage of it.
“Patton did a nice job,” Smith said of the Blue Lion senior pitcher.
It was the final-ever South Central Ohio League game for the Blue Lions. Washington finishes the final SCOL season with a record of 6-8.
The Panthers have a make-up game at home with Chillicothe Wednesday for their Senior Day. That will be their final-ever SCOL baseball game.
Miami Trace will play at Madison Plains Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The Blue Lions are 12-11 overall. Washington has a home game against Dayton Stivers Thursday at 5 p.m.
Monday, the Blue Lions are traveling down to Wellston and Tuesday, Washington will play at Waverly.
The Blue Lions will be on the road for the tournament opener at Fairfield Union Thursday, May 11 at 5 p.m.
Miami Trace is now 13-6 overall, 7-6 in the SCOL.
The Blue Lions honored their 2000 State champion team and the seven players who have been drafted into the Major Leagues prior to the game.
Please see a future edition of the Record-Herald for photos of those men.
Offensively for Washington: Conner Chrisman, 1-4, 2 rbi; Eli Ruth, 0-2, 2 runs, 1 sb; Jarett Patton, 1-3, 1 bb, 1 run; Brian Wilson, 2-4, 3 rbi, 1 2b, 1 run; Griffin Shaw, 1-3; Logan Jackson, 0-2, 1 bb, 1 run; Tyler Rood, 2-3, 1 2b, 1 rbi, 1 run; Nick Barrett, 3-3, 1 rbi, 1 run; Ethan Marting, 1-3, 1 rbi, 1 run.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Jacob Batson, 1-4; Josh Morton, 1-4, 1 run, 1 sb; Brady Wallace, 1-3,1 run; Trenton Harris, 2-3, 1 rbi, 1 run, 1 bb, 1 sb; Mitchell Creamer, 0-3; Skyler McDonald, 1-3, 2 rbi, 1 bb; Dalton Mayer, 1-3, 1 run; Heath Cockerill, 0-3, hbp; Logan Robinson, 2-4, 2 2b, 1 rbi.
MT 112 000 0 — 4 9 2
W 107 000 x — 8 11 3
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