High Schools: Shawnee baseball falls in D-III regional semifinal

Cutline: Shawnee High School's Michael Moore celebrates after scoring a run during their game against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Friday at Wright State University's Nischwitz Stadium. The Eagles won 5-2. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER
Cutline: Shawnee High School's Michael Moore celebrates after scoring a run during their game against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Friday at Wright State University's Nischwitz Stadium. The Eagles won 5-2. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER

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FAIRBORN — The Shawnee High School baseball team’s postseason run came to an end in the Division III regional semifinals.

The Braves fell 5-2 to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Friday afternoon at Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium.

Senior Rudy Scanlon and sophomore Michael Moore each had doubles as Shawnee finished its season 20-11.

“If we play them 10 times, we’ll probably both win about five times,” said Braves coach Mark Armstrong. “Honestly, we had more hits than them and I think we did a pretty darn good job. We just had two plays that cost us four runs. I think we would’ve had some more timely hits if we didn’t make those mistakes. It was a really good game other than those two innings. Both guys threw strikes for the most part and went after them. It was a tough one to lose, but you can be on the flip side of that next year easily.”

CHCA took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Eagles junior Colin Ames singled to open the inning and junior Will Murphy was hit by a pitch. The runners moved to second and third base on a sacrifice bunt by Ty Yelton. During the next at-bat, Ames scored on a passed ball and Murphy scored from second base when catcher Max Guyer overthrew pitcher Nick Whalen on the previous play.

The Eagles added a run in the third inning when Caden Crawford walked, moved to second on a balk and advanced to third on a wild pitch. CHCA sophomore Johnathan Russell grounded out to Shawnee shortstop Patrick Fultz to score Crawford from third base and extend their lead to 3-0.

Shawnee cut the lead to 3-1 when Moore doubled in the fourth inning and scored on a passed ball.

In the fifth inning, CHCA scored two runs when Russell’s bunt was overthrown by Whalen to first baseman Caleb Woodland to extend the Eagles lead to 5-1.

“We’ve had a lot of teams make errors against us that we’ve taken advantage of and we’ve done the same,” Armstrong said. “It just comes down to in playoff baseball you can’t make those. The guys know it. It was a team effort. Everybody needed to pick each other up. The younger kids learned that that can’t happen next year.”

Shawnee cut the lead to 5-2 on a sacrifice fly by Moore, but the Braves weren’t able to bring any more runs home.

CHCA (20-8) advanced to face the winner of Cincinnati Country Day and Cincinnati McNicholas in a D-III regional final game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Wright State University.

The Braves will graduate seven seniors who led the program to its first district title since 2015. After the game, Armstrong told the seniors they made a major impact on the program since he took over three years ago.

“It was phenomenal and it set a new standard for everybody,” he said. “The seniors were here when I took over three years ago. They believed in what we were trying to do and you could tell. The first year we had 18 wins and this year we had 20 wins. I think they set a new standard for the program. Those guys left it on a really good note for the guys coming up to take over.”

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