INDIAN HILL – While it was a big milestone for coach Tim Dunn, his 500th win is just one storyline in Cincinnati County Day baseball’s season.
On May 9, Cincinnati Country Day picked up the 9-2 win – Dunn’s 500th – against Miami Valley Conference foe Seven Hills. It was also CCD’s 20th win of the season.
“It’s just about being old,” he said with a laugh. “It’s definitely a nice milestone though.”
Dunn has been at the helm for more than 30 years and has two state championships to his credit. He fondly remembers his titles from 1993 and 2001, but he called the ’01 team the best team he’s ever had.
That squad finished 30-1.
He wasn’t sure of how many other coaches in the area or state have reached the 500-win plateau.
“I’m sure there are other insane ones out there somewhere,” he said.
Dunn and his players weren’t aware of the achievement until Athletic Director Chris Milmoe informed them.
“They were excited,” Dunn said. “But, we’re more excited with what we’ve got going on this season.”
The Indians have added two wins since that victory.
One was their opening round 11-0 victory against Ripley. Cameron Alldred tossed a no-hitter. The other was a 9-3 win against Reading May 14. That game was played to keep players on both sides fresh for the tournament.
“We wanted to get a game in to get our pitchers some work,” Dunn said. “The OHSSA tends to drag everything out.”
Already leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth, Alldred and Austin Richey hit back-to-back RBI doubles to extend CCD’s lead.
The Indians gave one back in the bottom of the fifth on a Reading RBI single. Domenick Doane and the Indians got out of the jam with the seldom-seen 8-2-7-2 double play.
Alldred made the catch for the second out and fired a throw home to catcher Ronnie Allen to stop the runner tagging from third base. The runner spun around and scrambled back to third.
Allen, trying to get the final out, hurried a throw past its target and into left field. Fortunately for the Indians, the left fielder was close enough to back up the play.
He fired the ball back to Allen to get the runner out.
CCD got the run back and then some when Cameron Davis smacked a three-run home run to extend the margin to 9-3. He then came on in the bottom of the seventh to close things down.
The Indians played Miami Valley Christian Academy for the sectional title May 20.