A rivalry renewed: Ross outlasts Badin in 13-inning baseball classic

Ross shortstop Tyler Flick fields an Edgewood ground ball during their game at Ross on April 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
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Ross shortstop Tyler Flick fields an Edgewood ground ball during their game at Ross on April 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

A packed house at Alumni Field was treated to a show for the ages Sunday night as two old Butler County prep rivals reacquainted themselves on the baseball diamond for the first time since 2011.

Over the course of three hours and 35 minutes, Ross and Badin refused to give an inch, battling for 13 classic innings before the visitors from Ross finally won 5-4.

Tyler Flick scored on a close play at the plate in the 13th inning to break a 3-3 tie. Ross would score another run in the inning after a Badin error, giving the visitors a cushion as BHS battled back in its half.

Tyler Hargrove and Mitchell Ahr had back-to-back doubles to cut the gap to one before Badin finally succumbed on a ground out to short.

“First, I have a ton of respect for Badin,” Ross coach Jason Rettinger said. “This was two very good teams that battled back and forth all night. I am happy we are playing again. What else can you ask for, playing Badin in this atmosphere on a Sunday night under the lights? It was a great win.”

Flick had three hits and scored three times, Joey Wright had a pair of hits, and Drew Huffman had two doubles and RBIs as Ross improved to 20-3.

“I have a really great senior class,” Rettinger said. “We have a really solid team. We have good pitching, hitting, and we have guys who contribute off the bench. It is great to get 20 wins, especially when I can remember when this class wasn’t all that good. They have worked to get themselves to this point, and I am proud of them.”

Thomas House went five innings for Ross, allowing one hit while striking out eight before yielding for his sibling, Trevor House. Trevor allowed two hits and struck out five, but did allow Badin to tie the game in the fifth inning on a wild pitch. Montana Allgeier pitched three innings, allowing one run while striking out four to earn the win.

“Our pitching tonight was outstanding,” said Rettinger, mentioning he pulled Thomas House due to a pitch count. “We made some mistakes that allowed runs, but overall, our pitching was just lights out. We knew Badin wouldn’t quit, so I am proud of our guys for battling back.”

It was Senior Night at Badin, and the hosts refused to fold all night. Badin fell behind early, but utilized a dropped fly ball to tie the game at two in the fourth inning. Daunte DeCello put on a one-man show in the fifth, singling, moving to second on a balk and advancing to third before scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3.

Badin (13-13) had chances to win. In the seventh, DeCello led off with a double, but was stranded when Trevor House got three straight strikeouts. Badin had two men on with one out in both the eighth and 10th innings, and Gavin Matthews was thrown out at home in the eighth trying to score from third on a wild pitch.

“Well, we put ourselves in position to win the game over and over and couldn’t get the clutch hit or make the clutch play,” Badin coach Brion Treadway said. “It was a great game. Our players fought hard the whole way. Ross is having a heckuva year, and it was good to play them and rekindle the rivalry.”

Will Sackenheim got the mound start for Badin and was solid, allowing seven hits while striking out five. Losing pitcher Andrew Roell was fantastic in relief, going over eight innings, allowing four hits and striking out five.

“(Roell) did a heckuva job,” Treadway said. “It was foreign territory for him to throw that many pitches and go that many innings, but he kept telling me he wasn’t coming out. I was proud of him to pitch that great on Senior Night.”

Both teams will begin Division II Dayton sectional action this week.

Badin, the No. 10 seed, will be at home against No. 17 Dunbar on Tuesday. Ross, the No. 1 seed, hosts either No. 9 Eaton or No. 18 Trotwood-Madison on Thursday.

Ross 101-010-000-000-2—5-12-2

Badin 000-210-000-000-1—4-9-2

WP — Montana Allgeier (2-0); LP — Andrew Roell (0-2). Records: R 20-3, B 13-13

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