Batavia and Clermont Northeastern have worked their way to the pinnacle of success in recent Clermont County high school varsity baseball action. Play has been very limited due to the cold, rainy, and hailing weather.
The Bulldogs stopped a Bethel chain of victories by handing the Tigers a 5-3 setback in Southern Buckeye Conference non-division action. Kris Hecktor was the winning pitcher and Zach Brannon was handed the loss. Hecktor helped himself by getting three hits and three runs batted in (RBI) and Ryan Anstaett added an additional two hits and three RBI. Tommy Galea and Jeremy Lee equally shared four base knocks for the Red and Gray.
East Clinton’s Astros were outlasted by the ‘Dogs 9-8 who rallied for six runs in their last at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. This was a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division showdown. Zack Heber earned the victory on the mound. The Green and White’s offensive surge was powered by Brandon Randolph who bashed a home run included between his two safeties and he also drove in three runs. Anstaett had two hits and three RBI, Hecktor and McPartland both had two hits and plated two teammates, Isaac Santel chipped in with two hits, and Andrew Gullion tallied twice.
The Rockets handed Batavia its only defeat among the county seaters' streak of victories. The Owensville-Newtonsville band beat the Bulldogs 4-0 in an Southern Buckeye non-division battle. Michael Jefferson tossed the shut out. He received great support at the plate from Tyler Sanders and Graham Nash who both had a pair of base hits and Trace Voshell who hit in two teammates. Randolph received the loss on the hill. Hecktor and McPartland had two hits apiece for the 'Dogs.
The next victim was Bethel-Tate 5-3 behind Jefferson's three-hit, nine-strikeout masterpiece in an Southern Buckeye-American game. Taylor was credited with the loss on the mound. Voshell batted in three mates on his two safeties and Zach Hall chipped in with two more hits for CNE. Austin Newman and Justin Marshall had two hits apiece and Davis smashed a home run and drove in two runs for the Red and Gray.
Goshen, too, fell before CNE. Justin Messinger was the victorious hurler in this 12-8 Southern Buckeye-American slugfest. Kyle Daulton was the losing pitcher. Hall powered the Rockets' offensive fuel with three hits, two runs scored, and two RBI and Jefferson added two more base raps to the cause. Daulton assisted his mound work by hitting safely twice and bringing in two Warriors, Aaron Rogers had three hits and crossed the plate twice, and Thomas Gibson talled thrice and batted in two runs.
Blanchester provided the only defeat in the win spin as the Wildcats belted the Rockets 10-0 in a five-inning shocker. Messinger took the pitching loss. Nash had two hits for the Blue and Gold in this Southern Buckeye non-division fray.
The Barons broke even in recent encounters. The Blue and White beat Walnut Hills in Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division action 8-4. Brandon Decker fired a three-hitter at the Eagles.
Dixie Heights (Ky.) was another hapless foe who the Barons battered, 4-1. Tyler Feine was credited with the triumph on the mound.
Anderson's Redskins edged Amelia 5-4 in an Fort Ancient Valley non-division bout. Fiene was the loser this time. Jason Wuerdeman, Allen Noble, and Garrett Hounshell equally shared six of the Barons' base raps.
Wilmington's Hurricanes won out 10-2 in a Fort Ancient Valley Cardinal game. Amelia was limited to just three hits as Decker was the unlucky losing hurler.
The Eagles flew by Fairfield's Indians 7-6 in a Greater Miami Conference confrontation. Eric Hayden stroked two home runs to lead the way to Kyle Amos' victorious fireballing from the hill. Hayden batted in four of his teammates. Steven Williams enjoyed a double-double-double with two hits, runs scored, and RBI.
In another Greater Miami game, Oak Hills' Highlanders whitewashed the Red and Gray 10-0. Ryan Troehler hit safely twice for losing pitcher Greg Hickok.
The Lions were caged by East Clinton 6-2 in an Southern Buckeye non-division tilt. Jeff Case was handed the loss on the hill despite having spearheaded the Red and Black's offensive efforts with his two base hits.
Colt Highlander fired a two-hit, 16-strikeout performance at Williamsburg in a 7-2 Southern Buckeye non-division victory. Ryan Penny was the losing pitcher. Cody Reardon had two hits for the Red and Black and Case, Highlander, and Jacob Wilson each had two base hits.
Despite out-hitting the Redskins five to four, the Trojans were topped by Anderson 4-0 in a Fort Ancient Conference Buckeye Division showdown. Jerry Neeley was the losing hurler.