Baseball race heats up
Harrison holds a nice lead in the SWOC baseball race with an 8-1 mark in the conference with three conference games to go. The Wildcats are currently 14-3 overall and are ranked No. 6 in The Enquirer Division I area coaches' poll. Harrison's Michael Knollman has been a tough out for opponents this year. He's hitting .537 with 29 hits and 23 RBI. Knollman's RBI total is tied with Edgewood's Aaron Stauble for the conference lead. Harrison pitcher Evan Miller is 2-0 with 31 strikeouts and a 0.76 ERA. Darien Smith is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA for the Wildcats.
Edgewood's sitting in second place at 11-8 overall and 6-3 in the conference. Edgewood and Harrison still have to play each other twice in the final week of the regular season. Jamie Hollister and Drew Reckart have been dealing on the mound this year. Hollister's 3-0 with 21 strikeouts and a 1.17 ERA. In 12 innings, Reckart's posted a 1.75 ERA with 11 strikeouts.
Little Miami is still very much alive. The Panthers are 11-9 overall and 6-4 in the SWOC. It doesn't help that Little Miami only has two conference games remaining (against Ross and Mount Healthy). Austin Hinds lead the Panthers and the conference with 34 hits. Hinds is hitting .479 with 10 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Ross and Northwest are both in the middle of the pack. The Rams, 9-7 (5-4 in SWOC), have pretty tough remaining schedule in the regular season. Northwest (13-7, 4-5) hit a skid in the middle of the season, but the Knights are hoping an 11-4 win over Harrison will help turn things around. Northwest's Sam Enderle continues to impress on the hill. He's 3-2 with conference-leading 36 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA. Joey Wright has scored more runs (38) than anyone else in the conference this season for Ross.
Talawanda is 5-11 overall and 3-7 in the conference. The Braves have allowed 150 runs, the second-most in the SWOC. The only team to allow more runs this season is Mount Healthy (2-11, 0-8).