XENIA, Ohio – In a game that saw the Xenia Scouts leave 18 runners on base, the home squad never quit, battling to the end and ultimately falling to the Hamilton Joes 5-4.
Things went south when the Joes hopped ahead 1-0 with a home run in the fifth inning. The visiting nine added three more in the next frame, expanding their lead to 4-0 as the game entered into the second half of action.
Hamilton finished off its scoring with a single run in the top of the 7th inning, but that’s when the Scouts started their comeback.
Centerfielder Ryan O’Hearn drove in the first run of the game with a bases-loaded walk, scoring John Sharpe. Unfortunately, the Scouts would leave the bases loaded in the inning, one of four times on the night.
With their backs against the wall and the Scouts trailing 5-1, Xenia’s Caleb Bloye started off the inning with a single through the left side. O’Hearn advanced the runner to second with a bunt, and after Cary Holloway reached via walk, Donald Ring came through with an RBI double to make it 5-2.
After a strikeout for the second out of the frame, Sharpe would come through in a big way for the Scouts, lining a two-run single into right field to cut the lead to 5-4. Jeremy Barth then reached after working a walk, but the tying run would get no closer, as the final out was recorded just steps in front of the warning track in left.
In order to keep its season alive, Xenia needs to come through with a road win on Thursday, July 28 when they take on the Hamilton Joes in a do-or-die playoff game at 7:00 p.m.