Indians rally past Panthers, 5-2


By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com



Dalton Mayer makes the throw from shortstop to second base for the Panthers during a Frontier Athletic Conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018.

Dalton Mayer makes the throw from shortstop to second base for the Panthers during a Frontier Athletic Conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

Austin Mathews delivers a pitch for Miami Trace during their conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018.


Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

HILLSBORO — The Miami Trace varsity baseball team was looking to consolidate its lead atop the Frontier Athletic Conference standings when they visited Hillsboro for a game against the Indians Friday afternoon.

The Panthers were coming off a 7-0 win over McClain on Wednesday.

Friday, Miami Trace had an early 2-0 lead, but Hillsboro rallied with five runs in the fourth and that stood as the final, 5-2.

For the Panthers on the mound, Austin Mathews started and pitched six innings, suffering the loss. He allowed five hits and five runs (all earned) with four walks and six strikeouts.

Ethan Humphries started for the Indians (4-4 FAC, 6-9 overall). He pitched seven innings with two runs (both earned) on seven hits. Humphries walked one and struck out eight. He hit one batter.

Hillsboro drew three walks to start the home fourth, then, as Panthers’ head coach Rob Smith said, “a couple of defensive mistakes and a couple of hits with it. That’s how they got their five.

“It’s like I told the kids,” Smith said. “We’re not good enough to come out and beat any team if we don’t play fundamental baseball. Other than the one inning, defensively, we played good baseball.

“But, we missed our chances early,” Smith said. “We had a chance to break the game open early, but we didn’t. And their pitcher settled down and pitched a great game and we had some mental lapses. They capitalized and we didn’t.”

In the first for the Panthers, Drew Batson singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Brightman.

In the top of the second, Dalton Mayer was hit by a pitch and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Mathews.

Miami Trace is at Chillicothe Saturday for a make-up game at noon.

In FAC baseball action Friday, the Blue Lions beat Jackson, 8-7 to pull one-half game ahead of Miami Trace at 6-2 (9-3 overall). Jackson falls to 1-6 in the FAC, 5-7 overall.

Chillicothe beat McClain, 12-9. McClain is now 1-5 in the FAC, 3-10 overall. Chillicothe is tied for first in the FAC with two losses.

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

Offensively for Hillsboro: Magulac, 0-3, 1 run; Bell, 0-2, 1 run; Stanley, 0-1; Crum, 1-1, 1 run; Anderson, 1-3, 1 run; Watson, 1-3, 1 run; Thompson, 1-3; Haines, 0-2; Mycroft, 1-3; Scott, 0-3.

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Dalton Mayer makes the throw from shortstop to second base for the Panthers during a Frontier Athletic Conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/04/web1_Dalton-Mayer-MT-baseball-at-Hillsboro-4-20-2018-1.jpgDalton Mayer makes the throw from shortstop to second base for the Panthers during a Frontier Athletic Conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

Austin Mathews delivers a pitch for Miami Trace during their conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/04/web1_Austin-Mathew-pitch-at-Hillsboro-4-20-2018-1.jpgAustin Mathews delivers a pitch for Miami Trace during their conference game at Hillsboro Friday, April 20, 2018. Chris Hoppes | Record-Herald

By Chris Hoppes

choppes@aimmediamidwest.com

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