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Niners rout Batesville for 12-4 road win
Courier Sports Staff
Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison Post 9 limited Batesville Post 271 to just five hits while pounding out 12 of its own in a 12-4 win on the road on Wednesday.
The Niners, who improved to 7-8 on the season with the win, got stellar pitching performances for the second-straight game, this time from Aaron McIntosh and Joe Dicken.
McIntosh, from Austin, gave up just one hit while striking out two and walking two in three scoreless innings before turning the ball over to Dicken. The South Ripley product gave up four runs in the seventh but otherwise went untouched, allowing just four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings of work.
"McIntosh threw very well. The kid is going to be an outstanding pitcher," Madison manager Tim Armstrong said. "His ball has good movement and he throws hard for a lefty. And Dicken threw pretty well. Our defensive got a little lackadaisical and didn't help him out any in the seventh."
In fact, Madison took an 11-0 lead into the seventh and was hoping to close out the game early on the mercy rule before Batesville scored four times to keep the game going. Post 9 added its final run in the ninth.
Southwestern's Darius Whitson-Spegal had a big game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Madison Cub Ethan Leach was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, South Ripley's Jason Dilk was 2-for-4 and Southwestern's Mackenzy Withered had a double.
"We played pretty well but I think we lost a little focus when we went up 11-0," Armstrong said. "We acted like the game was over and that's what I told the guys. We need to play every game like it's our last game."
Madison was scheduled to play at Owensboro Post 9 on Saturday but that game has been canceled. The Niners' next game will be on Tuesday at St. Leon Post 464 at East Central High School.
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