ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Clinton-Massie forged a baseball co-championship in the South Central Ohio League Sunday in stellar fashion with a 10-0 no-hit win over Wilmington at Paul Schwamberger field.
Falcons’ senior lefty Wyatt Jefferson struck out 14 Hurricane batters in the no-hitter. He walked two. Jefferson struck out the side in four of the six innings played.
“Wyatt Jefferson threw a gem,” WHS coach Rick Kneisel said. “He was on. We didn’t touch him at all.”
Both teams finished 12-2 in SCOL play and share the league title. Clinton-Massie, who swept the season series from the Hurricane, is 20-4 on the year.
“They were determined,” CM coach Brian Camp said. “Those were a couple of goals we had early on … have a 20-win season, get a league title and have a post-season run. We’ve accomplished two of those.”
Wilmington falls to 15-8.
“It just wasn’t our day,” Kneisel said.
Coming into the game, off a Friday league loss to Miami Trace, the Falcons were faced with win and share or lose and finish as runnerup.
“Our backs were to the wall,” Camp said. “Wyatt just gave us a masterpiece. On a day we needed a big performance, he gave us one. It was our senior day, so it was little more special. We couldn’t have asked for any more out of him.”
The game originally started last month but was suspended two batters deep into the WHS first by a thunderstorm. Both Hurricane hitters made contact against Jefferson before the suspension. But once the game resumed on Sunday, only one batter hit the ball in fair territory for the Hurricane — Stephen Krause who hit into a double play in the fourth.
The Falcons started the scoring with a run in the second on Aric France’s RBI triple. They added two in the third on a Max Murray RBI and David Poynter’s squeeze play that made it 3-0.
In the sixth, Clinton-Massie had five hits and took advantage of several WHS errors to plate seven runs to end the game. Kneisel said the Hurricane committed three errors in the inning.
“Our defense was just horrendous,” said Kneisel. “But it could have been 1-0 or 10-0, I don’t think we would have scored anyway.”
Krause suffered the pitching loss, striking out five and giving up seven hits. He allowed nine runs, but only two were earned, Kneisel said.