HEMLOCK, Ohio — That’s one way to cure the Monday blues.
The Wahama baseball team gave up only one hit on Monday night, as the White Falcons stormed to a 13-0 mercy rule victory over Tri-Valley Conference host Miller, in Perry County.
The host Falcons (4-7, 4-7 TVC Hocking) had their only hit of the game in the bottom of the first inning, as Tylor Newman hit a two-out single.
Wahama (11-2, 10-0) — which was held scoreless in the first frame — scored twice in the second, as Ricky Kearns singled home Jared Oliver, and then Jared Nutter singled home Tyler Bumgarner.
The White Falcons took advantage of six free passes in the third inning, scoring five runs on just one hit.
WHS sophomore Cass Kimes singled home Bumgarner and Dalton Kearns in the top of the fourth inning, pushing the guests’ advantage to 9-0. The Red and White added four more runs in the fifth inning, combining four hits, one walk and one error.
The final six Miller batters were retired in order, and the White Falcons claimed the 13-0 victory.
WHS junior Philip Hoffman struck out 11 batters in a complete game shutout, and he earned the pitching win. Hoffman allowed just one hit and two walks.
Kody McKinnis was the losing pitcher of record, allowing seven earned runs on two hits and seven walks in 2.1 innings. Garrett Bartley threw 2.2 innings in relief and he surrendered six runs, five earned, on six hits and four walks. Both MHS pitchers struck out one batter.
Wahama’s offense was led by Ricky Kearns, who was 2-for-2 with three RBI, and Jared Nutter, who was 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI. Dalton Kearns singled once, scored three times, drove in one run and stole a base, Kimes singled once and had two RBI, while Colton Arrington singled once, scored twice and stole one base in the win.
Hoffman marked one single, one run scored, one RBI and one stolen base for the White Falcons, Oliver added one run scored, one RBI and one stolen base, Bumgarner was hit by three pitches and scored three runs, while Tyler Grimm and Nyles Riggs each scored once for WHS.
Miller had two errors and three runners left on base in the setback, while the White Falcons committed one error and left eight runners stranded.
WHS also defeated the Purple and Black on March 31, by a 10-0 count at J.C. Cook Field.
Wahama returns to action on Wednesday, when Southern visits Mason. The White Falcons topped SHS by a 12-1 final on April 1, in Racine.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.