DAYTON — After blowing a 5-1 lead, Blanchester rallied for three runs in the sixth and beat Wilmington 8-7 Thursday in non-league baseball at the Action Sports Complex in Dayton.
“Good teams find a way to win,” said BHS manager Aaron Lawson. “It’s crazy how a game can turn in the blink of an eye. We were on cruise control and suddenly a handful of walks and a few hits and we were down 7-5.
Trailing 5-1, Wilmington scored six runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-5 lead. Hurricane scored two runs with the bases loaded, one on a batter and another on a walk. Landon Flint hit a single in the inning.
Blanchester came back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two unearned runs to take the lead 8-7.
In the top of the seventh, Sam Nichols singled and stole second with one out. But Kyle Garrett retired the last two WHS batters to save the Wildcats victory.
The teams combined for just 11 hits in the game. However, both teams’ pitchers totaled 13 walks and five hits.
Lawson said Reagan Burch left the game with an injury that caused the Wildcats “to play from the bench and make changes that we weren’t ready for,” Lawson said. “The guys did a great job when their number was called.”
Garrett earned his first relief victory.
“He threw a perfect inning (Wednesday) and held Wilmington at bay so we could make the comeback,” Lawson said.
April 7, 2022
Dayton Action Sports Complex
Blanchester 8, Wilmington 7
(7) WILMINGTON (ab-rh-rbi) Hibbs 4-1-0-0 Tackett 2-1-0-0 Henson 3-2-1-1 Nichols 2-1-2-1 Stephens 4-1-2- 2 Flint 3-0-1-1 Massie 4-0-0-1 Tolliver 0-0-0-0 Hatter 3-0-0-0 Black 1-1-0-0 TOTALS 26-7-6-6
(8) BLANCHESTER (ab-rh-rbi) Burch 1-0-0-0 Ficke 1-1-0-0 Garrett 0-0-0-0 Dick 3-3-0-0 James Wymer 3-0-2 -2 West 4-1-1-0 Roush 1-2-1-1 Jansen Wymer 3-1-0-1 Mulvihill 3-0-0-0 Estep 1-0-0-0 Miller 3-0-0- 1 Single 4-0-1-0 TOTALS 27-8-5-5
SB: W-Henson, Nichols, Black 2; B-Burch 2, Dick 2, Miller 2, Roush 2, Sipple, James Wymer
Black ^2 ^4 ^2 ^2 ^2 ^0
Massie (L) ^ 1 ^ 0 ^ 1 ^ 0 ^ 0 ^ 1
Garrett (F, 1-0) ^2.2^3^2^2^2^4