Ohio Drops Home Opener 6-4 To Oakland

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A four-run ninth inning gave the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (1-7) their first win of the year, beating Ohio 6-4.

Ohio (2-9) held a two-run lead going into the ninth after eight innings of one-run, four-hit baseball by starting pitcher Jake Miller (1-2).

Brett Barber (0-2) came on in the ninth for the Bobcats and allowed a leadoff double followed by an RBI single by Connor Mielock to open the inning. After a sacrifice bunt to move Mielock to second, Trent Drumheller singled, then stole second. With runners on second and third, catcher Cody Gaertner was charged with a passed ball that allowed Mielock to score from third and tie the game at 4-4.

A rattled Barber then hit Kyle Bobolts with a pitch. Mike Carson followed with an RBI single to score Drumheller, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.

Gaertner redeemed himself of his previous passed ball by throwing out Bobolts at third on a double steal attempt for the second out of the inning. The last run of the inning came on an RBI double by Nolan Jacoby to make it 6-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Ohio got a pair of two-out singles from Tyler Wells and Jake Madsen, but left them stranded on second and third base after a foul out to the catcher by pinch-hitter John Adryan.

Ohio got out to an early 2-0 lead in the game with a two-run first inning on an RBI double by Jake Madsen and an RBI single by Taylor Emody.

Oakland responded with two runs in the top of the second inning on an RBI groundout and two Bobcat throwing errors that allowed another run.

Ohio scored again in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI groundout by Nick Squires to make it 3-2 Bobcats.

The game was the first in a double-header between the two teams.