DANVILLE — After getting its first win on Monday, the Schlarman Academy baseball team hoped to start a winning streak against Milford at Danville Stadium on Tuesday, but was denied as the Bearcats beat the Hilltoppers 8-3.
Tanner Davenport pitched a solid six innings, only giving up two hits and striking out eight while allowing zero runs. Jake McKinley took over to get the final three outs. Davenport struggled early but settled in nicely as the game went on and started hitting his spots.
“I feel I didn’t have it early but kept pitching and focused more to make my pitches better,” Davenport said.
Milford used smart base running and took advantage of early mistakes by the young Schlarman team to take a 6-0 lead through three innings.
Jordan Gullquist, Shayne McNally and Clayton Rieches put a lot of pressure on the Hilltoppers on the base paths, as they each scored early.
“I thought we ran the bases well today and did what we needed to do to get a win,” Milford coach Greg DeWerff said.
The Bearcats continued throughout the game to take advantage of mistakes made by the Hilltoppers to push the lead to 8-0 through five innings.
Schlarman wouldn’t quit and got three runs in the seventh inning with a two-run double from Cameron Anderson. Sam Jones followed that up with a RBI to reduce the lead to 8-3.
“I thought we kept battling and pushed some runs across, but we have got to stop making errors to hurt our chances in the game,” Schlarman Coach John Carnahan said.
Schlarman falls to 1-15 (1-9) and plays at Salt Fork today while Milford moves to 11-8 (6-7) and don’t play until Friday when they host Schlarman.