Panther baseball run-rules Tigers, 17-5

By Chris Hoppes -

GREENFIELD — The Miami Trace Panthers varsity baseball team made the trip down SR 41 Friday, April 6 to Greenfield’s Mitchell Park to take on the McClain Tigers in a Frontier Athletic Conference game.

The Panthers won the game, 17-5 in five innings.

Miami Trace scored five runs in the top of the first, to which McClain responded with four runs in the bottom of the first.

After a scoreless second inning, McClain tied the game with a single run in the bottom of the third.

The Panthers erupted for eight runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth, while McClain did not score in the fourth or fifth innings.

Offensive leaders for the Panthers included Heath Cockerill who was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and four rbi and Austin Brown, going 3 for 4 with a triple, two runs scored and five rbi.

In the first for the Panthers, Brady Wallace led off with a single and Drew Batson was hit by a pitch.

Cody Brightman walked and Cockerill singled to score Wallace.

Gavin Taulbee walked, scoring Batson.

Brightman scored on a wild pitch and Brown singled in another run.

The Tigers scored four in the first on three hits, including a double by Banks.

In the third for the Tigers, Banks singled and scored on a double by Booth.

In the fourth for the Panthers, Batson led off with a walk.

Cockerill walked and Taulbee singled, loading the bases.

Dalton Mayer singled for a run and Austin Mathews walked, forcing in a run.

Brown hit a triple that scored three.

Wallace walked and stole second.

With runners at second and third, Batson singled, plating two.

Cockerill singled in Batson, giving the Panthers a 13-5 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Brown singled and Josh Gilmore walked.

Both runners moved up on stolen bases and Wallace walked, loading the bases.

Batson walked to force in a run and Brightman followed with another walk for another run for the Panthers.

Cockerill singled, bringing home the final two runs of the game.

“It was a nice bounce-back win, especially against a good McClain team,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Smith said. “They had beaten Jackson the night before.

“We eliminated a lot of the mistakes that we made the night before,” Smith said. “It was good to get back on the winning track. With a young team, each game presents a new challenge for us.”

Mathews was the winning pitcher for the Panthers. He started and pitched 4.1 innings. He gave up five hits and five runs (four earned). Mathews struck out three and walked one.

Taulbee pitched the final two-thirds of an inning for Miami Trace. The first batter he faced reached on an error and the next two were retired.

Miami Trace is at Jackson Wednesday and at Washington Friday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Offensively for Miami Trace: Brady Wallace, 1-3, 3 runs, 3 sb, 2 bb; Drew Batson, 1-2, 3 runs, 1 sb, 2 bb, 3 rbi; Cody Brightman, 0-3, 1 rbi, 1 bb; Mason Snow, 0-0, hbp, 1 run; Heath Cockerill, 3-3, 2 runs, 3 sb, 4 rbi; Gavin Taulbee, 1-3, 2 runs, 1 rbi, 2 bb; Jacob Hoppes, 0-1; Dalton Mayer, 1-4, 1 run, 1 rbi; Austin Mathews, 1-3, 1 run, 1 rbi, 1 sb; Austin Brown, 3-4, 1 3b, 2 runs, 3 sb, 5 rbi; Josh Gilmore, 0-2, 1 run, 2 bb, 2 sb.


MT 500 84x x — 17 11 3

Mc 401 00x x — 5 5 2

By Chris Hoppes