ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Hillsboro lefty Jacob Helterbrand pitched and hit the Indians to a 6-4 win over Clinton-Massie Wednesday in South Central Ohio League action at Paul Schwamberger Field.
The loss puts the Falcons at 13-1 overall and 8-1 in the SCOL.
Clinton-Massie will have a first-place showdown with Wilmington 5 p.m. Friday at PSF. Both teams are 8-1 in the SCOL.
On Wednesday, Clinton-Massie couldn’t string together hits and struggled defensively, surrendering four unearned runs.
“We just weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” CM coach Brian Camp said.
Dana Eichenhorst was the hit leader for the Falcons with two.
Camp lamented the team’s lack of a big inning, something the Falcons have relied on this season. In this one, Massie had just seven hits.
“Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance,” said Camp. “And defensively we didn’t play as well as we have been playing.”
Clinton-Massie trailed most of the way but then took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Indians battled back and grabbed a 4-3 lead in the sixth. The Falcons rallied and tied the game at 4-4 going to the seventh.
With two outs and runners on second and third, Helterbrand singled off Aric France to bring home both runs and put the Indians on top 6-4. Massie was able to get two runners on in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to score.