Last updated: April 21. 2014 9:25PM - 397 Views
By Jim Jones The Times-Gazette

McClain's Dakota Hampton slides safely into home during Thursday's game vs. Circleville at Tom Hixson field in Greenfield.
McClain's Dakota Hampton slides safely into home during Thursday's game vs. Circleville at Tom Hixson field in Greenfield.
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The McClain varsity boy’s baseball team lost to Circleville 15-1 Thursday night on Tom Hixson field in Greenfield.

McClain was held to just four hits in the game by Circleville starting pitcher Nick Keaton and sophomore Randall Mischal accounted for half of those hits going 2 for 3 at the plate with a double.

“It was good to see Randall hit the ball again,” McClain head Coach Matt Raike said “He’s been in a bit of a hitting slump but tonight he put good wood on the ball against a pretty good pitcher.”

While Keaton was shutting down the McClain offense the Round-Towners were pounding out 12 hits which accounted for most of the 15 runs scored but some were aided by McClain defensive miscues in the field.

Dakota Hampton was the starter and hard-luck loser on the mound for McClain but most of the hits he allowed were bleeders that just made it through the infield.

“I thought Dakota (Hampton) looked pretty god on the hill today we just had some misplays in the field behind him,” Raike said “I always tell the kids that we have to keep improving on defense and make the plays that we haven’t been makings. Once we start doing that it will really help our pitchers out and we can start winning games.”

Circleville got the scoring started early with two first-inning runs and added three more in the top of the second with the big blow coming on a 2-run double by J.B. Brooks. The Round-Towners added another run in the third before McClain finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Hampton singled and later scored on an RBI double by Cameron Spangler.

Circleville had their biggest inning of the game in the top of the fourth when they sent twelve batters to the plate and scored 6 runs on five hits and took a commanding 12-1 lead.

“It’s hard to stay positive when you are 1-8 but this is a young group and I think they’re getting there,” Raike said “We just need to keep working hard and stay positive and we will be a winning team.”

McClain travels to Chillicothe on Monday, April 21st before returning home Wednesday, April 23rd to host league and county rival Hillsboro.

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