Braves split with Whitko

    Several games were played recently in youth league baseball with the Whitko Wildcats and the Decatur Braves splitting a doubleheader while Courtesy Motors easily sped past the Bluffton Parks and Recreation team.
    The Braves' win over Whitko came to a 6-1 tune as they broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fifth. Both teams had seven hits including doubles by Jake Wolf of Whitko and Kyle Witwer of the Braves. Austin Knous was the winning pitching going the distance and striking out nine while Ryan Anderson took the loss and whiffed seven.
    In the Whitko win, the 'Cats led 2-0 before scoring seven in the sixth inning and finished with a 9-1 triumph. Tanner Gaff tripled for the victors and was also the winning pitcher striking out 13 Decatur batters. Danny Baker suffered the loss although he struck out nine.
    In other league play, Courtesy Motors scored early and often enroute to a 13-1 decision in four and a half innings over the Bluffton Parks and Rec squad.
    Adam Weaver and Cody Fields both doubled for the Motors and Fields finished the game with three hits to support the winning pitching of Knous.
    McIntire Heating tallied four runs in the first inning and continued on to shut out the Monroe 12's by a 6-0 score.
    Patrick McBarnes struck out 10 in six innings and Parker Zeser got the save in the seventh for McIntire's. They combined to limit Monroe to just one hit in the game. Zeser doubled off Monroe hurler Ben Busse who went the distance and suffered the setback. Busse struck out 10.