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(webcast) Batesville 9, Connersville 3; Bulldogs win 3A-29 title

Lawrenceburg- Batesville claimed its 13th baseball sectional title and first since 2018 with a 9-3 victory over Connersville in the 3A Sectional 29 championship at Lawrenceburg.  

 
This game was part of our Bruns-Gutzwiller Spring Webcast Schedule and can be seen again on the IHSAA Champions Network by clicking here.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the top of the first.  After the first two batters were retired, BHS posted five consecutive hits which netted four runs.  Max Baumer, Riley Zink, Jack Grunkmeyer and Sam Voegele singled with Grunkmeyer and Voegele picking up runs batted in.  Zach Wade finished the rally with a double to the gap in left center to plate Voegele.

In the bottom of the first, the Spartans Gavin Peason was hit by a pitch with one out but was erased on an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.  

After the first, Connersville’s starting pitcher Brayden Lykins settled down and never let a Bulldog get past second base through the sixth inning. 

Batesville starter Riley Zink, who threw a one-hit shutout to open the sectional, kept the Spartans off the board through the first five frames.   Coming into the championship game, Bulldog pitchers had not allowed a single run in the sectional.  Zink extended the scoreless inning streak to 19 innings during Monday’s finale.  

The Spartans first good scoring opportunity came in the home fourth.  Pearson led off and reached second base on a throwing error.  Chance Bentley followed with a single to put runners on the corners with no outs.  Zink responded with a strikeout and then started an inning ending 1-6-3 double play to snuff out the rally.

Connersville finally broke through in the sixth.  And just like Batesville in the top of the first, the Spartans did their damage with two outs.  After Zink picked off his second Connersville runner at first base in the game, Pearson and Bentley boarded on back-to-back walks.  Braxton Myers followed and hit the first pitch out to left for a three-run home run to trim the Spartans deficit to 4-3.  

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