CLAYTON — After reeling off five straight victories in Florida the Northmont varsity baseball team has lost five of its last six games, including three in Central Division play.
Upon their return to Ohio the Thunderbolts lost back-to-back division games to Wayne and Fairmont by scores of 3-0 and 6-5 respectively. Northmont got back in the win column by posting an 8-4 victory over Wayne last Thursday.
Starting pitcher Cameron Reaman worked 5 and 2/3 innings with one strikeout, five walks, one hit batter, and one unearned run. Tyler Defibaugh pitched one inning and gave up two hits, two walks but no earned runs.
At the plate Brandt Cronebach had a single and two RBI. Austin Kossoudji had a hit and one RBI. Anthony Ragan had a double and two RBI. Collin Hobert had a hit and one RBI and Thomas Walsh had a hit and one RBI.
Northmont scored runs in each of the first four innings while Wayne got one in the top of the fourth, then tallied three in the top of the seventh.
Wayne sophomore Dylan Donchez pitched 3 innings, surrendered two hits, five walks, hit one batter and surrendered two earned runs. Junior Patrick Schwartz pitched two innings and gave up two hits, three walks and one earned run. Layne Riley pitched one inning and gave up one hit.
“We’ve got some young kids and the importance of throwing strikes and not allowing lead-off walks was apparent today,” said Wayne Coach Joe Yount. “In one inning we allowed a walk with two outs and you know those walks will come back to bite you. They will learn. Dylan Donchez is a talented kid and once we get past the point on him being nervous about starting on varsity he is going to be a good pitcher. He is an all-around athlete. We keep preaching that to him and then we will get there. At least the kids didn’t give up and battled back, but we need to get some runs across before the seventh inning.”
Leading the Wayne offense was James Harness with a hit while Jacob Reedy had a double and one RBI and Austin Marler had a single.
WAY 000 100 3 – 4 3 4
NMT 131 300 x – 8 5 2
The Warriors lost 2-1 at Lebanon on Friday, scored a 4-2 victory Saturday at Stebbins and fell 12-2 at Springfield on Monday. Wayne’s record fell to 4-7 overall and 1-4 in division play after the loss to Springfield.
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