Madison Quinten Humes looks Damian Breeck back to second base while fielding a grounder during Monday's game at Gary O'Neal Field. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison Quinten Humes looks Damian Breeck back to second base while fielding a grounder during Monday's game at Gary O'Neal Field. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison baseball got a gutsy pitching performance from Gabe True and took advantage of four errors to knock off Switzerland County 10-4 Monday at Gary O’Neal Field.

True, Madison’s regular starting catcher who had not thrown a pitch since last year, was pressed into service due to the fact that Madison had just played a doubleheader on Saturday and will play three more games this week.

True came through. The right-hander limited Switzerland County to just two earned runs on six hits while striking out four. More importantly, he pitched into the seventh inning, saving bullpen arms for the week ahead.

“He came in and threw well and did exactly what we wanted him to do,” Madison coach Tim Armstrong said. “That’s the first time he had pitched since last year and he wore down a little at the end, but he did a good job.”

While True’s pitching was a highlight, Armstrong wasn’t as happy with his offense, which had plenty of chances to take control of the game but couldn’t put it away until the end.

The Cubs (6-2) scored in every inning but the second but left 11 runners on base and missed a golden opportunity to end the game in the fifth when they couldn’t get the crucial hit when needed.

“I’m not going to say we didn’t do some things well because there were some bright spots,” Armstrong said. “But we certainly didn’t play as well as we are capable.”

Madison scored its first run in the bottom of the first when Trenton Barnes drew a walk and later scored on True’s single. The Cubs then loaded the bases with one out in the second inning but failed to score.

Switzerland County (1-8) tied the score in the third when Nate Scudder walked and eventually came home on Cade Rider’s RBI groundout.

Madison struck for three runs in the third on RBIs by Quinten Humes, Anthony DeMarco and Evan Chism then pushed four more across in the fourth on RBIs by Hunter Ferris, True and Humes to push ahead 8-1. The Cubs picked up another run in the fifth but left the bases loaded in the fifth once again.

“We don’t have very good plate discipline. That’s one of our biggest problems right now,” Armstrong said. “Nobody is willing to do what it takes to help the team; everybody wants the big double or the big hit. Hunter Ferris got on with a bunt single and that’s the type of thing we need to do better but we’re just not doing it.”

Madison scored its final run in the sixth after DeMarco walked and pinch runner Nathan Spencer scored on a double steal.

Switzerland County broke through for three runs in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded double by Patrick Stow, but Madison turned its second 5-3-5 double play of the game to end the threat and the game.

Madison finished the night with 11 hits and four players collecting multiple hits. Humes was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs while True helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. DeMarco was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI and Cooper Yancey was 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Mason Welsh added a double and scored a run for the Cubs, Ferris had a hit and scored twice with an RBI and Chism had a hit and an RBI.

Stow finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for Switzerland while Damion Courter was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Zach Weaver was 2-for-4. Damian Breeck had a hit and scored a run, Zack Stout had a hit and Rider scored a run and had an RBI while going 0-for-4.

Drew Chatham started for Switzerland and pitched well, allowing only four earned runs — nine overall — on 10 hits in four and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts and four walks. Stout went the final inning and a third and allowed one earned run on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks.

Madison returns to action Tuesday at Seymour. The Cubs will then host Austin in the semifinals of the 42nd annual Madison Courier Invitational Tournament on Friday.

Switzerland County hosts New Washington Wednesday.



Southwestern beats South Ripley 2-1

Southwestern baseball collected only three hits but the Rebels made the most of each one to beat South Ripley 2-1 in eight innings at home on Monday.

Each team traded runs in the sixth inning with Southwestern scoring in the bottom half when Zach Cole reached on an error, stole second and scored on Mitchell Adcock’s RBI single.

The game remained tied 1-1 until the eighth when the Rebels manufactured the run they needed to squeeze out the win.

Tyler Kramer led off the inning with a double before Cole was intentionally walked. Two outs later, Bailey Elliott was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Kramer then scored the winning run on a wild pitch to give the Rebels the walk-off victory.

Just over a week after losing a pitchers’ duel to Madison’s Hunter Ferris, Elliott was on the other side on Monday. The Rebels ace went all eight innings and scattered one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk.

South Ripley’s Bryce Franklin struck out 13 and walked three while allowing one earned run on three hits in seven and two-thirds innings and was the hard-luck loser.

Southwestern (4-5, 2-1 Ohio River Valley) visits New Washington Tuesday.



Carroll falls 9-7 to Boone as skid hits three games

Carroll County baseball out-hit Boone County 9-7 and Craig Beach allowed only four earned runs but the Rebels still doubled up the Panthers 6-3 on the scoreboard Monday in Carrollton.

That’s because Carroll made three errors while Boone played flawless defense and that was enough to tip the outcome.

Boone (8-6) scored four runs in the fourth inning after scoring a run in the third and then added one in the seventh while sophomores Jacob Hyder and Trent Vest scattered a run in the fourth and two in the sixth to beat the Panthers.

Hyder allowed eight hits and four walks but he struck out nine. Vest allowed a hit and a walk in one inning of relief while striking out two.

Beach struck out four and walked one to take the loss.

Zach Clifford and Logan Rodgers were 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively, for the Panthers with Clifford accounting for a double and two RBIs. Dane Lacefield, Beach, Blake Reynolds, Cole Supplee and Andrew Shawe had a hit each.

Carroll, now 6-6 but losers of three straight, host Gallatin County Wednesday.



No. 8 Shiners blank Shawe 11-0

Class A No. 8 Rising Sun used a seven-run third inning to pull away to an 11-0 win over Shawe Memorial baseball on Monday.

The host Shiners led only 2-0 going into that crucial third inning but scored two more runs in the fourth for the final margin.

Shawe, meanwhile, managed only a single by Cazden Nott.

Walker Kennett allowed eight runs — seven earned — on six hits in two innings with four walks to pick up the loss. Matthew Binzer and Hunter Kennett each pitched an inning in relief.

Shawe (0-6, 0-5 Ohio River Valley) hosts South Decatur Wednesday.



Oak’s two-hitter shuts out Trimble 10-0

Trimble County was limited to just two hits in a 10-0 loss at home to Oldham County in the Raiders’ 29th District baseball opener on Monday.

The visiting Colonels scored a run in the first, two in the third, three in the fourth and four in the sixth to end the game early on the mercy rule.

Trimble’s offense managed only singles by Ryan Goody and Dalton Penick against Oldham starter Deaton Oak, a former Carroll County Panther. Oak struck out 12 and walked one in six innings on the mound.

Seth Brewer allowed six runs — five earned — on five hits in three and a third innings with three strikeouts and a walk to take the loss. Evan Stevens pitched the final two and a third innings and gave up four earned runs, four hits and six walks while striking out three.

Trimble (1-8, 0-1 District 29), visits Oldham County on Wednesday to wrap up the two-game district seeding series.