NEW RICHMOND — The Clinton-Massie baseball team opened its season Saturday with wins over New Richmond and Clermont Northeastern in the River City Classic on the NRHS field.
The Falcons won the first game over CNE in runaway fashion, 11-1. In the second game, the Falcons rallied from a 6-2 deficit for a 9-7 win over the Lions.
“We had a great opening day defensively, playing errorless ball in the two games,” first-year Clinton-Massie head coach Brian Camp said. “The effort and fight in the New Richmond game after falling behind and battling back to pick up the win was encouraging.”
Camp also was pleased with the Falcons play with the bat in their hands, as they stroked 26 hits in the two wins. There were “many bright spots” on the mound as well, Camp said.
In the opener, Noah Greathouse struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings on the mound to pick up the win. He gave up two hits and a walk. David Poynter closed things out over the final 1 1/3 innings.
Clinton-Massie scored six runs in the fourth and added five in the sixth for the win. Luke Richardson, JP Cantrell and AJ Perkins combined for eight hits. Max Murray, Isaiah Turner, Weston Trampler and Aric France had one hit each.
In the second game, Massie led 2-1 before New Richmond scored five in the third to take a 6-2 lead. But the Falcons put three hits and a walk to good use in the fifth to score five and take a 7-6 lead. The two teams were tied at 7-7 going to the top of the seventh.
Greathouse stroke a two-out, two-run double to give the Falcons the lead for good. Greathouse finished with four hits.
Murray and France had three hits each while Cantrell had two hits. Alex Thomas, Trampler and Richardson had one hit each.
On the mound, France started and was relieved by Poynter and Trampler, who pitched the final four innings with four strikeouts for the win.