Patient Bobcats top New Boston
FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Bobcats found that a little can go a long way.
Green had just three hits but they made those hits clutch as they took advantage of 10 walks and four hit batsmen en route to a 9-4 Southern Ohio Conference win over the New Boston Tigers on Monday.
“We were patient at the plate and didn’t swing at any bad pitches. We showed a lot of discipline,” said Green coach Dan McDavid.
Josh Karshner went 2-for-2 with four runs batted in to lead the Green offense. He also came on in relief and struck out eight as he pitched three scoreless innings to save the win.
“Karshner had a big night. He drove in four runs and he shut them down to finish them out,” said McDavid.
After New Boston got a run in the top of the second, Green answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Mark Allen walked and then Tyler Johnson, Josh Clark and Riley Maynard were all hit by a pitch for score a run.
Andy Chavarria walked to force in a run and Karshner delivered a two-run single. A throwing error on the play scored the final run.
The Tigers got a run in the third but Green got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Clark doubled, Maynard walked and they pulled off a double steal.
Green (2-2, 2-2) went up 8-2 in the fourth.
Tyler Darnell walked, stole second and scored on Karshner’s base hit. He then stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Green’s final run scored in the fifth when Tyler Imes, Chavarria, Darnell and Karshner all walked.
The Bobcats host Sciotoville East on Wednesday.
New Boston 011 020 0 = 4 5 2
Green 051 210 x = 9 3 1
Erks, Crum (5) and Cody Poole. Hunter Lewis, Josh Karshner (5) and Trevor Carver. W-Lewis (K-3, BB-3). Save-Karshner (K-8, BB-4). L-Erks. Hitting—NB: Kade Conley 2-3, Tyler Shonkwiler 2-4, rbi-2, Darby 1-2 2B; Green: Josh Karshner 2-2 rbi-4, Josh Clark 1-2 2B.