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Hinton Baseball scores big late in extra-inning win over Gehlen Catholic

The Hinton and Gehlen Catholic baseball teams played to an eight-inning thriller in Granville that the Blackhawks ended up winning by a score of 9-5.

Hinton got things started with a bang recording four straight hits including a Logan Kempema two-run home run to score three runs in the first inning. It was a nice recovery after getting no-hit in their last game against Remsen St. Mary’s. Hinton head coach Cale Kramer says the guys were finally looking to be aggressive at the dish.

Things stayed status quo for a few innings until Gehlen Catholic got out of their funk in the fourth inning with three runs that tied the game. They followed that up with a run in the fifth to give them their first lead of the night. Gehlen Catholic head coach Loi Kraft says the guys had energy and drive to win which had been lacking at times in the last few games.

With a young roster for Hinton, a late-game deficit can be extra tough to recover from. That did not phase them getting a run in the sixth inning to tie the game and ultimately send it into extra innings. Coach Kramer says the guys remained confident in their late at-bats.

That momentum and confidence came to a head in the eighth inning when Hinton exploded for five runs that put the game out of reach. They were given the lead by freshman catcher Dawson Spies who picked up two hits and two runs batted in for the game. Coach Kramer says this proves why Spies belongs in the top of the order facing pitchers’ best stuff at the plate.

The inning was not without its help from the Gehlen Catholic defense who had a few chances to record outs that did not materialize. Coach Kraft says those routine plays have not been so routine as of late.

The Jays are now 9-12 and have slumped into a four-game losing streak heading into another two games in two days to finish the week. Coach Kraft says all hope is not lost though as the guys are still having fun and engaged with the process of improving.

The Blackhawks now sit at 8-7 and 7-2 firmly in third place in the War Eagle Conference behind two top-five teams in the state. The postseason starts on Saturday, July 6, and Coach Kramer wants this to be a good jump off point to get the guys playing their best baseball.

Hinton hosts Akron-Westfield in a quick turnaround while Gehlen Catholic will play their fourth game in four days against Newell-Fonda in Granville.