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May 2, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — The Wilmington High baseball team came up just short in an upset bid yesterday.

Sharpsville scored a run in the top of the seventh and hung on for a 9-8 District 10, Region 2-AA win over the host Greyhounds.

Wilmington (6-4 region, 7-4 overall) was retired in order in the seventh. The Blue Devils (9-1, 11-3) are the top-ranked team in District 10 by the Erie Times.

“We know Sharpsville hits the ball well,” Greyhounds coach Garett Malinak said. “They’re not ranked No. 1 in District 10 for no reason.

“I’m so proud of how our guys fought. We just couldn’t push that winning run across.”

Wilmington banged out 15 hits, led by leadoff hitter Nate Anthony. Anthony was 4 for 4, including a solo home run in the first. It was the first homer of the year for Anthony.

“He had a broken foot for the first half of the year,” Malinak said of Anthony. “He’s just now getting back in the swing of things.

“He can do a lot of things for us. His defense is outstanding and he’s getting his timing down at the plate. I’m really happy with how he played.”

Davis Smith and Ryan Brumbaugh added three hits each for the Greyhounds.

Brumbaugh drove in four runs and Jimmy Buxton added a pair.

“We really hit the ball well,” Malinak said. “Davis Smith and Ryan Brumbaugh, they’re just tremendous.

“They’re both hitting well over .500. We just couldn’t get that one extra hit. You just have to tip your cap to Sharpsville.”

Wilmington plated three runs in the sixth to tie it at 8. But a runner was gunned down at the plate that would have given the hosts the lead.

Brumbaugh started and didn’t factor in the decision. He pitched five innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs — four earned — with three walks and four strikeouts.

Anthony (0-1) took the loss, working two innings. He gave up three hits and two runs — both earned — with two walks and two strikeouts.

“I thought our pitching was actually pretty good,” Malinak said. “We kicked the ball around a little bit and gave them some extra runs.”

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