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Baseball Recaps from Friday, April 23

Baseball Recaps from Friday, April 23

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(VAR) South Ripley 6, Jac-Cen-Del 2 (home)

SR  4  1  0  1  0  0  0 – 6R 8H 1E
JCD 0  0  0  0  2  0  0 – 2R 4H 0E

SR top performers from MaxPreps:

  • Franklin 2-2, 3R, BB, HBP
  • Linkel 2-2 (3B), 2RBI, R, BB, HBP
  • Eggleston 1-4, RBI
  • Linkel 7IP (W), 2R, 2ER, 4H, 15K, 2BB

JCD top performers from David Bradshaw:

  • Sutton 2-2, R, SB
  • Gehl 0-3, RBI
  • Gehl 2IP (ND), 0R, 0H, 3K, 1BB, 2HBP

(VAR) Shawe 9 (home), Columbus Christian 6

Edited recap from Shawe’s Geno Pawlak- Shawe Memorial won for the first time this year, 9-6, over Columbus Christian at American Legion Post 9 Field. Once again, things did not start well for the Hilltoppers as they fell behind early.  The Crusaders scored 2 in the top of the 1st on an error and 2 singles.  The visitors added another run in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead.

The Hilltoppers did not answer until the bottom half of the 3rd when Charlie Liter tripled home Wyatt Nichter and Hunter Kennett who reached base on a walk and hit batter.  The Hilltoppers’ offense was just getting started. In the 4th, Lucas Stiver led off with a single to left. Eric Liu walked and Nate Baugh was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Stiver scored on a wild pitch and Philip Kahn’s single to left knocked in Liu and Baugh giving the Hilltoppers the lead 5-3 after 4.

In the home half of the 5th, Liter was hit by a pitch. He advanced to 2nd on a walk to Zach Gish. He stole 3rd and scored on a fielder’s choice by Liu.  Meanwhile, Nichter had found his groove on the hill keeping the Crusaders off the scoreboard for a fourth consecutive inning.

In the 6th inning, Shawe added insurance runs.  Three singles by Jacob Hertz, Kahn and Nighter plated a run. Kennett knocked in Kahn on a fielder’s choice and Nitcher scored on a wild pitch.

Columbus Christian scored 3 times in the seventh before Nichter slammed the door shut striking out the last 2 batters to earn his first varsity win. He went the distance allowing 6 runs on 11 hits while striking out 5.

The Hilltoppers had 9 hits with 2 each for Hertz, Kahn, Nichter and Stiver.

I’m really proud of the boys. We fell behind early, but they didn’t hang their heads and kept battling. The offense was much improved as we had 9 hits and only 5 strikeouts. We had some productive outs.  Wyatt was a bulldog and really competed. He told me after the 5th inning he wasn’t coming out of the game.  I’m glad he finished it.  I challenged them after the game to make this a steppingstone for the rest of the season, to keep improving because they are capable of bigger and better things.

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