Southwestern baseball closed out its Ohio River Valley Conference schedule with an 11-1 win over Switzerland County on Wednesday in Hanover.

The surging Rebels, now 16-9 and 10-2 in the ORVC with wins in five of their last six, finished as the runner-up team in the conference to Class A No. 3 Rising Sun. The Shiners defeated Jac-Cen-Del 8-2 on Wednesday to finish 15-5 overall and 11-1 in the ORVC to clinch the title. However, Rising Sun’s only league loss was 5-4 to Southwestern on May 7.

The Pacers, a potential sectional opponent, drew first blood on Wednesday when leadoff batter Damion Courter was hit by a pitch from Southwestern starter Zach Cole and Damian Breeck singled to put two on.

Cole Struck out Cade Rider for the first out but Zack Weaver laced a line drive to right field to score Courter for a 1-0 lead but the Rebels defense came through on the next at-bat by turning a rally-killing double play.

A scoreless at-bat by the Rebels and another by the Pacers in the top of the second let Switzerland County hang onto that 1-0 lead until the bottom of the third when Southwestern knotted the game 1-1 when Talon Harmon singled to start the inning, Foster Mefford walked and Jackson Stockdale singled to right field to load the bases.

A fielder’s choice by Nate Lichlyter plated Harmon but Mefford ended up being cut down at home for the second out and Tyler Kramer grounded out the first to end the inning and the rally.

Switzerland got a single by Rider in the third but he was later caught stealing in what ended up being the Pacers going down in order and Southwestern took the lead for good in the bottom of the third with a three-run rally.

Bailey Elliott started the rally off with a single, Cole walked and Mitchell Adcock singled to drive in Cole with what proved to be the game-winner. Harmon singled to score Trevor Smith, who was courtesy running for the catcher Adcock.

The Pacers once again went down in order in the fourth and Southwestern went back to work in the bottom of the inning.

The six-run rally got started with a walk by Kramer and an RBI double by Elliott. Cole then singled to drive in Elliott and Adcock singled to drive in Cole.

Smith, once again courtesy running for Adcock, stole second and Harmon reached on an error that left runners at the corners. Smith then scored on a wild pitch before Mefford and Stockdale drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Brady McLain was hit by a pitch to force in Harmon and Mefford scored on a ground out by Ethan Stewart before Kramer lined into a double play to finally end the inning in his second time up in the frame.

Cole struck out the Switzerland side in the fifth and Elliott served up another one of his game-ending home runs as the first batter of the Rebels’ fifth by belting a solo shot over the left field fence for his third game-ending homer in the last two weeks to invoke the mercy rule.

Cole went the distance for Southwestern, allowing one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks on 68 pitches. Drew Chatham got the start for Switzerland and lasted three innings, allowing 10 runs — nine earned — on nine hits with a strikeout and five walks. Zack Stout came on in the bottom of the fifth and was immediate touched for the home run by Bailey.

Bailey led all hitters at 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, three runs and two RBIs. Adcock was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Harmon was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Stockdale was 2-for-2. Cole had a hit, scored twice and had an RBI and McLain and Stewart both had RBIs.

Breeck, Rider, Weaver and Patrick Stow were all 1-for-2 for the Pacers (2-19 overall, 1-11 ORVC). Weaver had the lone RBI and Courter scored the only run.

Both teams are set to play interstate battles on Friday. The Pacers host Trimble County at 7 p.m. while Southwestern hosts Carroll County at 5 p.m.



Shawe closes out ORVC schedule at 1-11

South Ripley used a six-run third inning to pull away for an 8-0 win over Shawe baseball Wednesday in Versailles.

The Raiders used that big frame to jump out to a 6-0 lead and then added solo runs in the fourth and sixth innings for the final margin.

Shawe was limited to just five hits in the game, a double and a single by Matthew Binzer and singles by Cazden Nott, Henry Grote and Nate Pawlak.

Walker Kennett allowed six runs — five earned — on five hits in three innings with a strikeout and two walks and was tagged with the loss. Pawlak allowed one earned run on four hits with a strikeout in two innings of relief and Binzer gave up a run on three hits and struck out three in one inning.

Shawe ends the Ohio River Valley Conference portion of its schedule with a 1-11 record. The Hilltoppers, now 2-16 overall, host Madison on Friday and travel to Borden for two games on Saturday to close out the regular season.