PDT Sports Writer
Baseball is a game of numbers. The following are a list of numbers that are associated with the Wheelersburg Pirates 2012 championship season:
30-2 — Wheelersburg’s final record.
27-0 — The Pirates’ record against Ohio teams.
April 19 — The last loss suffered by Wheelersburg in the 2012 season, a 2-0 loss to Ashland (Ky.) Boyd County.
0 — Number of hits recorded by the Lions in the game despite the win.
14 — Runs allowed by the Pirate pitching staff in the 2012 postseason.
42 — Runs scored by Wheelersburg in the 2012 tournament.
14 1/3 — Consecutive shutout innings combined by Wade Martin and Derek Moore to close the season.
1996 — Last state baseball championship by the Pirates.
50 — Number of schools in Ohio that have at least two state championships after Wheelersburg and Minster reached the honor.
34 — Number of schools with just two state crowns.
38 — Hits by Austin Hall, a team-high despite missing the final three games of the tournament. Austin Boyer was second on the team with 36.
3 — Home runs hit by the Pirates. One each for Hall, Boyer and Ben Arnold.
2 — Triples each by Martin and Brett Hood, tied for the team lead.
.444 — Alex Shears’ batting average, which led the team (minimum 40 official at-bats). Hall was second with a .437 clip.
4 — Pirate hitters were over .400 batting average (minimum 40 at-bats).
130 — Walks earned by Wheelersburg.
132 — Strikeouts recorded by Pirate hitters.
100 — Strikeouts thrown by Derek Moore.
237 — Runs scored by Wheelersburg in the entire 2012 season.
182 — Runs allowed by the Pirates in the 2012 campaign.
26 — Earned runs allowed by Wheelersburg pitching.
23 — Lima Central Catholic batters that faced Martin in the state championship game, two beyond the minimum.
1 — Hit allowed by Martin in the title game, a one-out triple in the seventh by Travis Clark.
11 — No-hitters all-time in a state tournament. None were in a championship game.
6 — Seniors who finish their high school career with a Division III State Championship. They are Hall, Boyer, Shears, Brett Hood, Jon Clevenger and Zach Flanagan.