Wildcats ousted in district final

CHILLICOTHE – Waterford’s improbable postseason run came to an end Monday as the Wildcats were defeated 11-2 by Trimble in a Division IV district championship game at Chillicothe Paints Stadium.

Waterford (11-12) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning via Cody Paxton’s sacrifice fly that plated Mitch Ginther, but the Tomcats scored six unanswered runs over the next three innings to build a 6-1 advantage.

Waterford got one run back on a Cameron Bosner RBI-single in the fourth, but Trimble put the game away with a five-spot the next half-inning.

Waterford ace Devyn Farley went 4.1 innings, striking out two and walking three. He received little help from his defense, which committed seven errors.

The Wildcats collected only two base-hits in the game, as Trimble starter Jacob Kish was sharp for five innings, striking out three and walking two. Dante Brammer shut out Waterford in the sixth and seventh innings to send Trimble (17-4) to its first regional tournament since 2010.

Austin Downs went 2-for-3 with a homerun and two runs scored. Brammer was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Tomcats did not commit an error in the contest.

Ginther had a double and a run scored for Waterford. Bosner was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Paxton had an RBI and Isaac Huffman had a pair of walks.

The Wildcats were 6-10 at one point this season but won five of their next six games to reach the district title game.

“We’re young,” said Waterford head coach Chad Augenstein. “The boys performed well throughout the season. We’ll be back.”

Waterford has two makeup games left on the schedule before the season is over. The ‘Cats play Miller today at 5 p.m. and host Southern Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“We got out feet wet this season,” Augenstein said. “Next time we’ll go for the full swim.”