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UTICA — The Licking Heights Hornets (2-2, 2-0 LCL) sent their entire lineup to the plate three times in the first three innings of Wednesday’s Licking County League game against the host Utica Redskins (1-4, 0-2 LCL). When they were done, the Hornets, collected 14 hits off four Redskins pitchers in a 15-4 beatdown.
After the Hornets grabbed a 3-0 lead on a home run by third baseman Josh Timmerman, the Redskins came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, Utica’s Garrett Myers (a pair of walks and a run) scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning. Later, Redskins’ second baseman Lincoln Valentine doubled to drive in freshman Josh Dillon, who had reached on a walk. That got the Redskins back to within a run, 3-2.
Utica’s Tanner Parsons led off the second with a single, moved up on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Valentine walked in the bottom of the fifth and scored on a wild pitch by Hornets reliever Owen Jordan (two innings, one hit, one run, five Ks and two BBs).
Defensively, the Redskins committed three errors, but centerfielder Ethan Adams went to the ground to make a nice grab of a sinking fly ball in the third inning. He also reached base three times — once via a walk. Again, when he was hit by a pitch and once more with a double.
The Redskins pulled off a rare 7-6-2-6-5-6 double play in the top of the fourth inning on what started as a Mahl single to left. Dillon fielded the ball, hit shortstop Myers with a throw and Myers fired the ball to catcher Hunter Billman, who tagged out a sliding Weaver at the plate. Raising the ball in his gloved hand, Billerman saw Mahl attempting to stretch his hit into three bases and threw the ball back to Myers, who eventually tagged out Mahl in a rundown between second and third base.
“That was a highlight, but right now, we’re just not playing with our best effort,” Myers said. “We can definitely do a lot more. We are not playing to our best potential. These games are showing that we’re not ready to play in the league, right now, but we will play better when we host Heath on Friday (in an LCL matchup at 5 p.m.)”