Waynesville survives Carlisle rally, earns fifth straight SWBL title

Carlisle’s Reece Human (center) is greeted at home plate after leading off the second inning with a home run Wednesday at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS
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Carlisle’s Reece Human (center) is greeted at home plate after leading off the second inning with a home run Wednesday at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Ryan Hill spent most of the night waiting to exhale.

The Waynesville High School baseball coach watched his club jump to a 10-2 lead on visiting Carlisle in a showdown for the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title Wednesday, then hang on for dear life in an 11-9 victory to claim its fifth straight title.

“We sat there and talked about it during the game, and when you are in the game, it was pretty stressful,” Hill said after the Spartans improved to 16-4 overall and 10-1 in the SWBL. “But at the end, we talked about how much fun we had.”

Waynesville will try to wrap up the outright championship against Northridge (2-17, 0-11) on Thursday, while Carlisle closed league play 10-2 and 15-9 overall.

“It seems like every time we play them, there is something riding on it,” Hill said. “But that makes it that much more special when you win it.”

Hill’s stress came after the Indians settled in and slowly chipped away at a 10-2 deficit after the second inning.

“We got through the first game with them (a 7-5 Carlisle win), and I don’t think either team was nervous,” Carlisle coach Chris Hawkins said. “We made some mistakes and they pounced on it. Instead of giving up a run, you look up and they put a crooked number on the board.”

Carlisle opened the scoring in the top of the first when Jake Glover singled home Jake Moore, but things slowly went downhill from there for the Indians.

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Waynesville catcher Luke Moore wraps up head coach Ryan Hill as Mason Callahan dumps water on him following the Spartans’ 11-9 win over Carlisle to claim at least a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title Wednesday at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Waynesville catcher Luke Moore wraps up head coach Ryan Hill as Mason Callahan dumps water on him following the Spartans’ 11-9 win over Carlisle to claim at least a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title Wednesday at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS
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Waynesville catcher Luke Moore wraps up head coach Ryan Hill as Mason Callahan dumps water on him following the Spartans’ 11-9 win over Carlisle to claim at least a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title Wednesday at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Waynesville took advantage of three CHS errors in the first inning and four more Indian errors in the second to put five runs on the board each inning.

The Spartans loaded the bases in the first inning, but Glover got a strikeout for the second out. He looked to get out of the inning when he induced a grounder to first, but the first error of the inning tied the game and kept the bases loaded. Cameron Anderson singled home a pair of runs.

After Reece Human led off the second inning with a towering home run to left, Waynesville added five more runs on four errors and five hits to push the lead to 10-2.

“We extended the inning for them, and good teams jump on those mistakes,” Hawkins said. “You can’t give a championship team seven errors and spot them 10 runs. It was a big hurdle to overcome.”

Carlisle got three runs back in each the third and fourth innings to cut the deficit to 10-8.

Waynesville added a run in the fifth. The Indians looked poised to have a big sixth as they loaded the bases with one out, but they scored just once and left the bases full when Jake Oakes induced an inning-ending double play.

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Carlisle pitcher Jake Glover (left) talks with catcher Dane Flatter during the second inning of Wednesday’s game at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

Carlisle pitcher Jake Glover (left) talks with catcher Dane Flatter during the second inning of Wednesday’s game at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS
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Carlisle pitcher Jake Glover (left) talks with catcher Dane Flatter during the second inning of Wednesday’s game at Waynesville. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JOHN CUMMINGS

“Oakes came in and closed the door,” Hill said. “A lot of teams have a big lead and start to coast, but we kept pushing add, add, add because we knew they were not going to fold up. We knew they were not going to back down and they were going to keep battling.

“The expectations coming in is to win the league. And that is what we expect in the years to come.”

The Indians will visit Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy on Thursday.

Carlisle 113-301-0—9-11-8

Waynesville 550-010-x—11-9-2

WP — Mason Callahan (3-1); LP — Jake Glover (3-3); S — Jake Oakes (1); HR — C: Reece Human. Records: C 15-9, 10-2 SWBL Buckeye; W 16-4, 10-1 SWBL Buckeye

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