STEWART, Ohio — An opening statement.
Junior Philip Hoffman tossed a no-hitter and Wahama batted around in three of its five innings at the plate Saturday en route to an 18-0 victory over host Federal Hocking in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division baseball opener for both programs in Athens County.
The White Falcons (1-1, 1-0 TVC Hocking) — the reigning co-champions along with Trimble — wasted little time in going about defending their league title as the guests sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first, resulting in an early 5-0 advantage.
WHS tacked on three more runs in the second, then sent 10 more batters to the plate in the top of the third to increase their lead out to 14-0. The Red and White again sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth, which resulted in four more scores and an 18-0 edge.
That was more than enough offensive suuport for Hoffman, who struck out a dozen and allowed only two baserunners over five innings of work. Ryan Zwiesler was hit by a pitch in the third and walked with two outs in the fifth.
Wahama — along with its 17 hits — received nine walks and also benefited from two FHHS errors to go along with a hit batsman. Ten different White Falcons also had a hit in the triumph.
Hoffman, Colton Arrington and Tyler Grimm paced the White Falcons with three safeties apiece, followed by Jared Oliver with two hits. Ricky Kearns, Jared Nutter, Anthony Ortiz, Tyler Bumgarner, David Hendrick and Ryan Thomas also had a hit apiece for the guests.
Arrington led WHS with three runs scored, while Kearns, Nutter, Hoffman, Oliver and Grimm each crossed home plate twice.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.