GREENFIELD — The Miami Trace Panthers varsity baseball team continues to set the pace in the Frontier Athletic Conference following a 3-0 victory over the McClain Tigers at Mitchell Park Friday, April 23.
Wes May pitched a complete game shutout, allowing the Tigers just four hits, while striking out five and not walking a batter.
Ratcliff pitched seven innings and took the loss for McClain. He allowed nine hits and three runs (two earned), with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
It was a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings.
The Panthers broke through with two runs in the top of the fifth.
Dillon Hyer led off the fifth with a single.
Brayden Cooper-Smith was sent in as a pinch-runner.
Bucher singled and Hunter McBee bunted for a single, loading the bases.
Josh Gilmore singled to left field, scoring Cooper-Smith and Bucher.
The Panthers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Bucher began the inning by reaching on an error.
He stole second and with one out he moved to third on a single by Gilmore.
Bucher scored when a balk was called on McClain’s pitcher.
McBee went 3 for 4 and Gilmore was 2 for 3.
Bucher, Gabe Campagna, Dylan Bernard and Hyer each had one hit for the Panthers.
For McClain, Smith had two hits, with one hit each from Potts and Spangler.
The win brought Miami Trace’s record to 13-1 overall.
The Panthers lead the FAC with a record of 6-1.
Jackson is in second place at 5-1, followed by Hillsboro at 4-2, Washington at 3-4, Chillicothe is 2-6 and McClain is 0-6.
Miami Trace hosted Hillsboro Monday and will play Wellston at the VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe Tuesday.
Game time for both is 5 p.m.
Offensively for Miami Trace: Conner Bucher, 1-4, 2 run, 1 sb, roe; Hunter McBee, 3-4, 1 sb; Josh Gilmore, 2-3, 2 RBI, fc; Braden Osborne, 0-4; Gabe Campagna, 1-4; Dylan Bernard, 1-3, 1 sb; Luke Henry, 0-3; Wes May, 0-3; Brayden Cooper-Smith, 0-2, 1 run; Bo Little, 0-0; Dillon Hyer, 1-1. LOB: 8.
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