BLANCHESTER — Field mistakes proved costly in Blanchester 6-5 loss to Fairfield here Saturday in the season opening baseball game.
“I am overall happy with the team’s effort today on the field but unfortunately that doesn’t delete all the mental errors we made,” BHS head coach Aaron Lawson said. “Our pitching looked much better than it did in the scrimmages but our defense failed to make the routine play, something we have been doing. We will be just fine when we do some fine-tuning and get all phases playing well on the same day. We have a long road ahead of us. All we can do is take today as a learning experience and come back ready to play.”
Alec Richardson, Jared Monhollen and Max Davidson had two hits each for the Wildcats. Monhollen knocked in two teammates. Richardson drove in a run while Davidson had a double.
Richardson started the game on the mound and pitched well over three innings, allowing two hits and two walks. He struck out three.
Robert Rausch gave up three earned runs in three innings. He struck out four. Blake Baker (0-1) took the loss, surrendering a run in 2/3 of an inning.
“We played good fundamental baseball for four innings then lost our focus,” Lawson said. “We jumped on top 3-0 before having three costly errors in the fifth that led to four unearned runs.”
Blanchester scored two runs in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5. In the seventh, BHS “ran a daylight pickoff play at second and missed a very catchable throw from the pitcher and allowed the runner to move up 90 feet,” Lawson said. The next pitch was a sacrifice fly making it 6-5.