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Rebels beat Raiders 5-1 in Versailles
Courier Sports Staff
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 11:00 AM
Southwestern baseball team picked up an Ohio River Valley Conference win on the road, defeating Switzerland County 5-1 on Monday night.
Mackenzy Withered had three hits including a double to lead the Rebel offense. Darius Whitson-Spegal added two hits and an RBI.
Withered got the victory on the hill, pitching a complete game. The senior struck out seven.
Southwestern will host Trimble County today.
Errors cost Shawe in loss
Five Shawe errors led to five unearned South Ripley runs and a 5-3 baseball loss by the Hilltoppers Monday at home.
The Hilltoppers got a strong pitching performance from senior David Grote, who allowed just five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. But Grote ended up with the loss due to the porous Hilltopper defense.
"David threw an excellent game, one of the best games I've ever seen him pitch," Shawe coach Matt Forner said. "We just didn't support him. The errors killed us."
South Ripley took a 2-0 lead in the second due to a pair of errors but Shawe went ahead on Jordan Chandler's booming three-run home run to left in the bottom of the third that nearly reached the nearby softball infield.
But Shawe errors reared their head again in the next inning and led to three South Ripley run that proved to be the difference.
"We get that big home run from Jordan and then we turn right around in the next inning and commit two more errors," Forner said. "It's frustrating."
Chandler added a single to his round-tripper for two of Shawe's five hits. Kyle Daugherty, Luke Higgins and Grote each added singles.
Freshman Kaelin Jines did not get a hit but drew praise from Forner for his defense at third base. Due to an injury by starting catcher Grayson Rhoten, Forner was forced to move some of his pieces around and Jines answered the call.
"Kaelin had four or five really hard balls hit at him and made the play on each one," Forner said. "I was also happy with our outfield. Over the past few games they have played very well."
Shawe, now 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, visits Milan Wednesday.
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