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(webcast) Batesville 7, South Dearborn 4; Bulldogs win EIAC

Aurora- After South Dearborn played its way into EIAC baseball title contention Thursday with a win over conference leader Batesville, the two clubs met again Saturday in Aurora.  The Bulldogs avenged Thursday’s loss by topping the Knights 7-4 to win the EIAC outright at 11-3.  Franklin County finished 10-4 and South Dearborn followed at 9-5.

This game was part of our Bruns-Gutzwiller Spring Webcast Schedule and can be seen again on the IHSAA Champions Network by clicking here.  (Note- the cell quality to stream our game was very poor and there are several portions of the video which appear jittery.)

Coach Justin Tucker’s Batesville bunch scored two runs in the opening inning.  A Trey Peters single and a Max Baumer double preceded the two RBI, two-base hit by Riley Zink.

The Dogs added a run in the third when Calvin Sherwood reached on an infield error. He was hit to third on a single by Baumer, then the tandem pulled off a double steal- Baumer to second and Sherwood to the dish.  It was 3-0 BHS.

The big inning for Batesville was the fifth when they scored four unearned runs on two hits, two errors and two passed balls.  Peters and Jack Grunkmeyer had the two hits while Grunkmeyer also collected the only RBI of the frame.  The Bulldog lead was stretched to 7-0.

Coach Jay Malott’s Knights were held to only one hit through the first five innings.  SD posted four hits in the sixth and scored twice.  Grant McClain, Adam Kunkel, Drew Probst and Nolan McLain all singled with Nolan’s hit driving in a pair of runs to make it a 7-2 contest.

The Knights rallied for two more runs in the seventh.  Tobie Teke hit his sixth triple of the season, setting the program’s single season record for three baggers.  He scored on a Reese Willoughby groundout.  Grant McLain walked and was later batted in on a single by Corbin McHenry.

With the score now showing 7-4 Batesville, South Dearborn had the bases loaded and two outs. With the tying run at first and winning run at the plate, Baumer (in relief) induced a groundout to second baseman Travis Lecher to end the game and seal the EIAC championship for Batesville.

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