The Western Hills Wolverines rode their second straight strong pitching performance, played good defense and scattered enough hits to edge the Frankfort Panthers 5-3 Saturday morning in the Capital City Classic baseball tournament at Capitol View Park.
Senior pitcher Kris Trautwein survived a rough first inning and settled down to throw a five-hitter for the Wolverines, who improved to 5-6.
Trautwein struck out nine and walked three.
The Panthers, 3-6, scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the first on a three-run home run by Cam Howell. Aaron Jones had walked to open the FHS first and Will Current singled to set up Howell's blast.
"The first inning was a little rusty," Trautwein said. "I don't think I got loose like I should have, and so I was leaving the ball right over the plate. Cam knows what to do with that."
"Kris will occasionally do that (struggle early),'' Western Hills coach Craig Fry said. "But he's mentally tough enough, and he's pitched long enough that I know he will battle through it. If we can just ride out the storm, he'll settle down and we'll be okay."
Western Hills had scored twice in the top of the first to lead 2-0. Joey Wainscott singled and stole second and Gary Thompson drove him in with a two-out single off of Frankfort starter Joe Hyatt.
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