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Niners beat Clinton before getting bounced at regional
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, July 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison Post 9's baseball season came to an end in the loser's bracket of the American Legion regional tournament Saturday in Terre Haute.
The Niners fell to Terre Haute Post 346 14-4 on Friday night but rebounded to beat Clinton Post 140 12-8 on Saturday. But a lack of pitching killed the team and Madison suffered a 31-4 loss to Floyds Knobs Post 42 Saturday night to end the Niners' season.
"We were just out of pitching. We had nothing left," Madison assistant coach Joe Jenner said, noting that the team was without three starters, Aaron McIntosh, Jason Dilk and Joe Dicken. "I threw everybody but one or two guys just trying to get an out. It got ugly."
Despite the rough ending, the Niners did have a strong game in the win over Clinton. Switzerland County's Collin Burgess pitched seven strong innings and also had three hits and three RBIs at the plate.
Ethan Leach had three hits and two RBIs, Tanner Sauley, Darius Whitson-Spegal and Kyle Daugherty had two hits each and Xavier Barnes added a hit in a strong overall performance by the Niners.
"It was a rough ending to the season but one bright spot was that there was a lot of college scouts at that second game," Jenner said. "Our guys got a chance to perform in front of a lot of scouts and they played well."
Madison ends the season with an 12-13 record.
Terre Haute, the defending state champion, went on to defeat Floyds Knobs 10-9 in 10 innings in the regional championship game on Sunday.
T.J. Decker pitched four shutout innings of relief and slapped a grounder that scored the game-winning run with the bases loaded and one out in the botom of the 10th inning.
Terre Haute will travel to St. Leon for the state finals on Thursday but Post 346 is schedules to host the Great Lakes Regional on Aug. 8-12 at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium in Terre Haute.
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