FAIRBORN — After two days of rainouts Northmont had its first round sectional game against Belmont moved from the Thunderbolts home field to Wright State due to the recent rainy weather.
The two-day delay was aggravated a bit more when the Bison didn’t arrive until a few minutes after the scheduled 5 p.m. start.
Northmont racked up 21 runs in five innings to advance to the second round of sectional tournament play. The Thunderbolts are scheduled to play Fairborn today (Thursday, May 12) but forecasters are predicting heavy rain moving into the area about an hour before game time.
Northmont used a variety of pitchers to limit Belmont to one hit, an infield pop-up that no one really made any effort to catch.
The Thunderbolts scored five runs in the first inning, eight in the second, seven in the third and one in the fourth on 10 hits and 10 walks. Bison pitchers uncorked a multitude of wild pitches that allowed Northmont base runners to advance.
Tyler Liddy belted a double to center field to drive-in two runs in the first inning. Cole Stephens went 3 for 4 for two RBI with a stolen base and scored two runs. Virtually every player reached base during the lopsided win, after which Coach Chuck Harlow was more than generous in complimenting the opponent.
“When you get the No. 20 seed you know you are probably going to get this kind of game, but I’ve got to give the kids from Belmont credit. They had some pretty good arms on the hill and came out and played as hard as they could and we played hard and it ended up being a big win for the Bolts,” Harlow said.
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