FT. WALTON BEACH, FL — With a perfect 5-0 record during its annual spring break trip to Florida the Northmont varsity baseball team returned to Ohio with a 6-1 overall record.
In their second game of the Florida trip Brandt Cronebach came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning against East Jassamine High School and belted a 3 run walk off home run to left center field to give the Thunderbolts a 5-2 win. Cronebach drove-in Tanner Lee and Thomas Walsh with his game winning blast. Cronebach also hit a double. Lee had two hits to contribute to the victory.
Jacob Monnin pitched his first complete game of the season with 11 strikeouts and one walk and scattered three hits.
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On Wednesday, April 6 the Bolts scored a 3-2 win over Jeffersontown in 12 innings. Tanner Lee started the game on the mound and pitched 6 and 2/3 innings. He gave up one run on two hits with eight strikeouts. Landon Hill pitched 4 and 1/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits with four strikeouts to earn the victory, his first of the season. Austin Kossoudji came on in the 12th inning to earn the save.
Offensively Cameron Reaman had three singles, Anthony Ragan had two hits including a triple and Lee also had two hits.
“Our pitching was really, really good… not only our starting pitching but our relief pitching,” said Northmont Coach Chuck Harlow. “We really had some good outings. We had four starters who pitched well. Cameron Reaman pitched our first game in Florida and Austin Kossoudji came in closed that one for a save. Jake Monnin pitched a complete game on Tuesday. On Wednesday in the 12 inning game Tanner pitched great going 6 and 2/3 innings and Landon Hill came in and pitched 4 and 1/3 and again Kossoudji earned the save.”
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Thursday the Thunderbolts scored a 5-4 win over Owensboro Catholic High School at Choctaw High School. Garrett Lee earned the victory on the mound in 5 innings of work allowing eight hits and one earned run. Kossoudji earned another save in relief. Leading the offense was Tyler Liddy who went 2 for 2 with a double and Cameron Reaman who went 2 for 3 with two RBI.
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Northmont concluded its Florida trip with another one run victory 6-5 over Union County, Kentucky. Reaman started the game on the mound and worked two innings. Tyler Defibaugh pitched 3 and 1/3 innings to earn the win with Kossoudji earning another save in relief.
Offensive leaders included Tyler Liddy who went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Will Ludington and Landon Hill each hit a double to help power the attack.
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“Our defense was pretty solid and our hitting is starting to come around a little bit,” Harlow noted. “We had timely hitting, that’s for sure. We were able to play a little small ball. It was really a great trip. The weather was great and we won four games by one run and another with a 3 run homer in the bottom of the seventh which made for some exciting games.”
Unlike past years when the team had to dodge some major rain storms, this year’s Florida trip featured perfect weather while back in Ohio everyone suffered with rain, snow and frigid temperatures.
“Just about every year we time that weather out,” Harlow chuckled. “We go down there and you guys have bad weather up here. This year was by far the best weather we’ve ever had down there. We’ve typically hit a lot of storms, especially on the trip down. This year when we got to Florida everybody told us that we got there just at the right time and that we just missed some big storms. We had terrific play and terrific weather. It’s just a thrill to see the kids hang in there every game with a different kids coming through in the clutch in every game.”