Senior Brayton Miller threw a complete game and Monroe Central’s aggressiveness on the bases led to a 11-2 victory over Class 3A’s Hamilton Heights Tuesday night.
Miller, who is head to Anderson University next fall, faced 7 batters in the first inning and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits. It was the Huskies only 2 runs of the night. Miller retired 7 of the next 8 batters and the last 10 hitters he faced to earn the win.
Miller allowed 3 singles in the game, 2 earned runs, walked 2, and fanned 6 Huskies’ hitters.
Monroe Central tied the game at 2-2 in the 2nd when Wyatt Snyder walked, stole second and third, then scored on a double steal after Casey Conatser walked. With Conatser on 3rd, Derek Goodman sacrificed him home to tie the game.
In the 4th inning, things started to fall apart for the Huskies. With two outs and no one on, Conatser walked, Goodman singled, and when Lane Lewis laid down a bunt three throwing errors allowed all 3 runners to score making it a 5-2 game. Beau Combs reached on an error, Brady Jones was hit by a pitch, Nakya Brown singled in one run and after Logan Conklin was intentionally walked, freshman Seth Wilson reached on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 7-2.
In the 5th, it was Conatser getting his 3rd walk of the night to start things off. Goodman sacrificed Conatser to 2nd, Lewis reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second. With 2 outs in the inning, Jones got a 2-run single to make it 9-2. In the 6th, Wilson singled and stole a base, Snyder walked, Conatser singled home Wilson and Combs ended up with a bases loaded RBI walk to make it 11-2.
On the night, Conklin was 2-for-3, Conatser 1-for-1 with 3 runs, Goodman 1-for-2, and Lewis, Brown, and Jones were 1-for-3.
The Bears, now 11-5, will travel to McBride Stadium Wednesday to face 4A Richmond (15-3) at 6 p.m.