XENIA — The season came to an end for the Northridge High School baseball team with the Vikings losing to Hamilton Badin 9-6 in eight innings May 31 in a Division III regional final at the Athletes in Action Complex.
Northridge led 6-2 after six innings, but Badin took advantage of two errors, one walk and a hit-batsman to score four times in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 6.
In the eighth, Badin infielder Alex Holderbach had a two-run single and outfielder Matt Kreke added an RBI-double off losing senior pitcher Storm Strout to allow the Rams to earn their 11th trip to the final four. Badin improved to 23-7 and Northridge finished 20-11.
“This was a big game on a big stage and you could expect that the kids would show some nerves,” Northridge coach Jeff Wilson said. “We won a lot of games this year like this (by coming back and) winning by a run or two. (Badin) did that this time.”
The start of the game was delayed 3 hours, 22 minutes because of bad weather, but when play began, the Vikings took a quick 4-0 lead.
Northridge sophomore infielder/pitcher Brad Wilson had an RBI-double in the first inning, driving in sophomore outfielder Greg Wilson for a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings scored three times in the second started by consecutive doubles from senior outfielder Gavin Kyle and Strout. Senior infielder/pitcher Ross Wilson added an RBI-groundout and sophomore infielder/pitcher Clayton Nicks had an RBI-single to build Northridge’s lead to 4-0.
Sophomore catcher Matt Simmons singled to lead off the third and later scored on a single by Ross Wilson. Freshman infielder Ethan Chalfant added a single and scored on a passed ball to extend Northridge’s lead to 6-1.
Starting pitcher Ross Wilson gave up three hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings with two strikeouts and four walks. Nicks, Brad Wilson, Strout and junior Morgan Wright followed in relief.