Baseball: Ohio Loses Second Game Against High Point, 4-1

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The Ohio Bobcats fell, 4-1, to the High Point Panthers Wednesday evening, dropping the final game of a two-game series. After winning, 10-7, Tuesday afternoon on an offensive outburst, the Bobcats’ bats failed to get anything going, as Ohio slipped to 2-8 on the season.

Ohio managed to score just one run on three hits and went through six pitchers in the game.

There were some positive signs for Ohio early on, but they were unable to take advantage. High Point (6-7) starter Ryan Retz struggled with control in the first inning, giving up a leadoff walk to Nick Squires to start the game. He walked Jake Madsen later that inning, but Ohio was unable to do anything offensively stranding to runners on base.

Retz settled down after giving up three walks in the first inning, and held on to pitch a complete game, improving to 2-0 on the season.

The ‘Cats pitchers weren’t as lucky, though. Marck Paliotto (0-3) started the game for Ohio but quickly gave the Panthers the lead. Josh Spano homered to left field to put High Point on the board. Three straight singles by Panther hitters drove in the second run of the inning before Paliotto got out of the inning.

Ohio stranded two in the top of the third, failing to get anything across the plate again. Nick Plys came in at the start of the second in relief of Paliotto, but struggled with command. In .2 innings pitched, Plys hit a bitter, walked two, through two wild pitches and two passed balls, which eventually led to another Panthers run. He was pulled with two outs in the second in favor of Brad Przebiedia, making his first pitching appearance of the season.

Przebiedia pitched well, holding the Panthers to one run over 4.1 innings, but the Ohio offense just couldn’t get anything going. The ‘Cats only managed three hits all game, scoring their only run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Madsen, driving in Squires from third.

The Panthers responded in the bottom half of the inning, on a triple by Blake Hutton that drove in Spano and put High Point up, 4-1.

John Adryan came in to replace Przebiedia at the start of the seventh and retired the only batter he faced before being replaced by Logan Cozart, who finished the inning. Brett Barber took the mound at the start of the eighth inning and finished the game going two innings without giving up a hit or walk. 

But Ohio just couldn’t get anything going and fell in nine to the Panthers. It marked the sixth time this season Ohio failed to score more than one run, all losses.

Ohio opens a three-game series against Oakland at home on Friday at 4 p.m.