Most of Clermont County’s high school varsity baseball squads have been tacking on some victories of late. Williamsburg and Batavia have been playing almost flawlessly. Goshen and Glen Este have also been turning in above .500 efforts.
The Wildcats clawed East Clinton 6-1 as winning pitcher Ryan Penny fired a two-hitter at the hapless Astros in this Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game. Brandon Ballhaus had two hits and Craig Barrett scored two runs to pace the Blue and White’s offense.
Ballhaus hurled a three-hitter as Williamsburg ripped apart Ripley 11-1 in five innings. Josh Ross had a pair of hits, runs scored, and runs batted in, Shannon Smith had three hits, two runs scored, and three runs batted in, Barrett had two hits and drove in three teammates, Justin Hines had two hits and plated two mates, and Penny and Cameron Shaw tallied two runs apiece.
The Blue Jays succumbed to the ‘Cats in the second game of the doubleheader between these non-conference adversaries. This time the Blue and White won out 12-1 in a six-inning rout. Adam Schueler was the triumphant moundman allowing just five hits and striking out eight opponents. Hines had three hits, scored a couple of runs, and hit in two more, Shaw had two hits, three runs scored, and two runs batted in, Ballhaus had two hits and four runs batted in, Smith had three base raps and knocked in two more ‘Cats, and Schueler assisted himself with three hits and three runs scored.
The Bulldogs gained a 13-3 victory over Georgetown in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division contest. Bill McPartland was the winning pitcher. Ryan Goldbach paced the 'Dogs' offense with three hits and hit in an identical number of runs, Brandon Randolph had two hits and a like number of runs batted in, Anstaett had three hits, and Kris Hecktor and Andrew Gullion added two base hits each to the victorious cause.
It took eight innings, but the Green and White knocked off Northwest 4-3 in a non-conference battle. Randolph surrendered just three hits to the Knights. Isaac Santel led the Clermont countians' offense with two hits.
Another Southern Buckeye Conference National Division foe fell before Batavia. Blanchester was beaten by the Green and White 2-1. Hecktor hurled a game in which he fanned 12 Wildcats. He had two hits to assist himself and Gullion clobberd a walk off home run to down the Clinton countians.
Goshen's Warriors outdueled Norwood's Indians 11-7 in a non-conference confrontation. Cody Monk was the winning pitcher giving up just five hits in yet another Clermont County victory over Hamilton County. Kyle Daulton and Kevin Hornsby each had three base raps and two runs batted in and Thomas Gibson had two hits and an additional two runs driven home.
The Red and Gray swept a double header over Greater Catholic League opponent Roger Bacon.
In the opener, Goshen nipped the Spartans 8-7. Chris Ashcraft was the winning pitcher. Billy Whitacre and Aaron Rogers powered the Warriors' attack with two base raps apiece.
In the closer, Roger's Bacon was cooked 10-7. This time Rogers was the winning hurler. Chris Petry bashed the game winning home run as he totalled two hits and three runs batted in. Gibson had two hits and Tyler Williams drove in two teammates.
The Trojans tromped Amelia 8-3 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division encounter. Charlie Calhoun struck out eight Barons as the vanquished outhit the victors nine to three. For Amelia, Matt Farley had two hits and batted in two runs and Spencer Cox and losing pitcher Zack Zierman had two hits each.
The Purple and White wiped out Winton Woods 11-1 in a five-inning drubbing of the Warriors. In this Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division showdown, Tyler Snoke tossed the triumph. Andrew Keller smacked a home run, Shawn Talbott had two hits, and Kenny Jeffers batted in two teammates.
Hamilton's Big Blue halted the Glen Este winning streak with a 2-0 shut out of GE. Greg Jones hit safely twice for the Purple and White in this non-conference game. Jerry Neeley absorbed the defeat on the mound.
The Eagles wasted no time in taking Amelia 11-1 in six innings. Jeremiah Aker earned the victory on the mound by limiting the Blue and White to just four hits in this inner-county, non-conference tilt.
Hamilton's Big Blue mastered Milford 6-2 in a Greater Miami Conference battle. Gregory Hickok was the loser on the hill. Steven Williams got two hits for the Red and White.
The Tigers put a stop to the winning rampage of the Warriors as the Red and Gray skimmed by Goshen 11-9 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division encounter. Justin Price gained the victory on the mound. Taylor was the losing hurler. Price was in the forefront of his own offensive support by smashing a home run and driving in three teammates. Tommy Galea and Matt McKee bashed roundtrippers with the former driving in three runs and the latter, two. Ryan Wagoner had two base raps and scored two runs, Grant Newman had three hits, and Jeremy Lee two hits. Daulton homered for Goshen, Whitace contributed by getting three hits and Hornsby two.
Western Brown whomped on the Tigers 11-2 as the Red and Gray accounted for only four hits. In this Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray, Poe had one-half of the Bethel-Tate hits total and Justin Marshall batted in both runs. Taylor took the pitching setback.
Sycamore nipped Bethel-Tate 4-3 in a non-conference game. Poe was the unlucky losing pitcher. Wagoner and Marshall had two hits apiece for the Red and Gray.