The McClain boy’s varsity baseball team won their first game of the season Wednesday night with an impressive 11-1 victory over visiting East Clinton.
Sophomore Jacob Stone threw a complete game masterpiece surrendering just the one run while going the distance on the mound. Stone had to work out of back to back bases loaded jams and was aided by some great defense especially by Cameron Spangler who turned an un-assisted double-play early on then made a spectacular over-the shoulder catch which saved two runs from scoring.
“Jacob pitched a heck of a game tonight,” McClain Coach Matt Raike said “This was his first varsity start on the mound and he gave us five quality innings which is something you don’t usually get out of a sophomore.”
“His velocity wasn’t great but his control was good and he threw strikes and we played solid defense behind him.”
The Tigers jumped out to an early 4-1 advantage after scoring three runs in the bottom of the second before adding another in the home half of the third.
Caleb Rayburn, Shawn Haddox, and Logan Rhonemus all scored runs in the second while Randall Mischal plated McClain’s fourth run in the third inning.
Spangler’s big defensive gem came in the top of the third when the Astro’s loaded the bases with two outs and McClain leading just 4-1. His over the shoulder catch prevented two runs from scoring and got the Tigers out of a potential big inning.
The Tigers bats exploded in the bottom of the sixth inning when they erupted for 7 runs on seven hits.
Senior Logan Rhonemus led off the inning with a double to deep left field and later picked up his second hit of the inning with a single.
Travis Hall, Dakota Hampton, Randall Mischal, Caleb Rayburn and Levi Williams also collected hits in the game-ending sixth for McClain.
“I thought we hit the ball pretty well the whole game, especially in the sixth when we were a little more patient at the plate,” Raike said “I’m really proud of these guys, they’re very young but getting better every game and it was really nice to see them get this first win.”
McClain (1-3) was scheduled to play Chillicothe Thursday at home in a make-up game, then hosts league-foe Miami Trace on Friday.
Batting leaders for McClain; Hampton 3 for 4, Rhonemus 3 for 3 (double), Zach Puckett 2 for 4, Mischal 2 for 3, Rayburn 2 for 3, Spangler 1 for 3, and Shawn Haddox 1 for 3.