STRETCHING OUT: New Washington’s Dalton Bingham (25) slides into third as Shawe third baseman Grayson Rhoten reaches for a wide throw. The Mustangs beat the Hilltoppers 8-2 at Post 9 Field. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
STRETCHING OUT: New Washington’s Dalton Bingham (25) slides into third as Shawe third baseman Grayson Rhoten reaches for a wide throw. The Mustangs beat the Hilltoppers 8-2 at Post 9 Field. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Shawe Memorial baseball played one of its better games of the year but the result was still an 8-2 loss to New Washington on Tuesday at Post 9 Field.

The Hilltoppers did not allow the visiting Mustangs a big inning and kept their errors down, but they still made enough mistakes to allow New Washington to pull away for the win.

"Overall I was really pleased. We're young and we're learning," Shawe coach Matt Forner said. "We played solid, good defense, we just haven't been able to play that error-free game yet. But we're getting better."

New Washington scored two runs in the first and one in the second to jump ahead 3-0. Shawe answered in the third with a Zach Brooks double and a Cameron Rampy single for the Hilltoppers' first run.

The Hilltoppers loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but failed to score what could have been the tying and go-ahead runs. New Washington went ahead 7-1 in the sixth.

Shawe got its final run in the bottom of the sixth when Grayson Rhoten doubled and later scored on a passed ball. New Washington closed the scoring with a run in the seventh.

Brooks, Rampy and Rhoten had two hits each to lead Shawe. Whit Grote took the loss with three innings on the mound and Rhoten worked the final four innings in relief.

Shawe, now 0-18 on the season, hosts South Ripley today for senior night and then heads to Madison on Thursday. The Hilltoppers close the regular season at Milan on Monday.

Cubs can't make early lead hold up in 10-3 loss to Jeff

Madison jumped out to a 3-0 lead but couldn't hold on, falling to Jeffersonville 10-3 in baseball Tuesday at home.

The Red Devils had a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh to pull away. Madison committed four errors and struck out 10 times against Jeff starter Chandler Dale.

Derek Anderson had two RBIs to lead the Madison offense. Clark Vaughn started and took the loss, giving up seven runs - five earned - on seven hits with seven strikeouts and six walks.

Madison, now 9-13 on the season, hosts Shawe on Thursday.