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Rebels rout Hilltoppers 18-0
, Courier Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:00 AM
COME UP FIRING: Southwestern pitcher Tryston Wheatley throws to first in order to get Shawe’s Kaelan Jines during Tuesday’s game at Post 9 Field. Southwestern won the game 18-0. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Southwestern broke open a 2-0 game with a seven-run fourth inning and a nine-run sixth to hammer out an 18-0 shutout over host Shawe Tuesday at American Legion Post 9 Field.
Rebels' starting pitcher Tryston Wheatley limited the Hilltoppers to just three hits while striking out two, walking four and hitting a batter. He had an equally-impressive game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
"I'm overall happy about the win," Southwestern coach Derik Hutton said. "Tryston was in a zone. He wasn't overwhelming - not a lot of strikeouts - but he made them hit the ball and our defense played a great game."
The Rebels scored solo runs in the first and second innings off Shawe starter Kaelan Jines. In the first inning, Robbie Stoner drove in leadoff batter Gage Hartman, who reached on one of six Shawe errors in the contest. In the second, Matthew Schwartz walked and later scored on an errant pickoff throw.
Jines worked three innings, yielding seven runs on five hits. Grayson Rhoten and Zach Brooks followed Jines to the mound.
The score was 2-0 when Southwestern came calling in the fourth inning. The Rebels had several timely hits to score runs - Jacob Adcock, Stoner and a three-run double by Triston Embs. By the time the dust lifted, Southwestern owned a 9-0 lead.
After the Rebels went scoreless in the fourth, they finished their scoring in the fifth. Logan Sprong, Schwartz Adcock, Hartman, Adam Jackson and Wheatley each drove in runs.
"We couldn't get over the big innings they had," Shawe coach Matt Forner said. "Too many walks and errors hurt us tonight. We put together three good innings. I thought we competed well in the first three innings. I think we got tired on the mound."
Shawe's hits included a double by Kyle Wisman and singles by Cameron Rampy and Ethan McCarter.
The Hilltoppers (0-17, 0-9 Ohio River Valley Conference) host New Washington today. Southwestern (6-12, 3-6 ORVC) hosts South Ripley Friday.
Raiders blanked at Henry
Trimble County baseball was plagued by lack of offense and defensive mistakes on Tuesday in a 6-0 loss at Henry County.
The two teams combined for just seven hits but Henry was able to take advantage of shaky Trimble pitching and errors. The Raiders issued seven walks along with two wild pitches in the first three innings.
Henry scored a run in the bottom of the first and led 4-0 after adding three runs in the third. The Wildcats pushed across a run in each the fifth and sixth innings for the final margin.
"(Henry) did nothing spectacular," Trimble coach Frank Ragland said. "Our bats just never woke up. We made a few errors and mental mistakes but overall our offense just wasn't there. We should have hit the ball better."
Michael Dunaway had two hits and Zack Beard and Hunter Duncan had a hit each for Trimble.
Duncan started the game on the mound and was tagged with the loss, allowing four unearned runs on two hits through two and two-third innings while walking six.
Trimble County (6-17, 1-5 North Central Kentucky Conference) hosts Eminence on Thursday.
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