A spate of fielding errors and mistakes by Madison Post 9 resulted in a 12-6 loss to Floyds Knobs Post 42 in the Junior Legion baseball sectional opener Friday at Floyd Central High School.

The Niners led 2-0 after the first couple of innings, getting a monsterous solo home run by South Ripley's Jason Dilk in the second to start the scoring.

But Floyds Knobs chipped away at Madison starter Collin Burgess with six runs in the third and four more in the fifth to pull away.

"We had a couple of bad innings and that was what did us in," Madison assistant coach Doc Boyd said. "Collin didn't pitch bad but they started to time him in the third and that's when they started scoring. It just snowballed from there."

Burgess, a Switzerland County High School graduate, ended up going just two and two-thirds innings and suffered the loss.

Despite trailing 6-2 after three innings, Madison hung tough. The Niners scored three runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by Mackenzy Withered's two-run double, to pull within one run.

But Floyds Knobs scored four more runs in the fourth to re-take control and tacked on runs from there.

The loss puts Madison in elmination mode in the three-team tournament. Vevay Post 189 dropped out of the tournament on Thursday.

Floyds Knobs will now face Seymour Post 89 at 11 a.m. today for a berth in the championship game on Sunday. The loser will face Madison at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.

The Niners plan on starting Austin lefty Aaron McIntosh today but Boyd said that all pitchers will have to be ready to go.

"We're in elimination mode now and our backs are against the wall," Boyd said. "Everybody will have to be ready."


American Legion Sectional

Saturday's Games

Game 2

Seymour Post 89 vs. Floyds Knobs Post 42, 11 a.m.

Game 3

Madison Post 9 vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Game 4

Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 1 p.m.

Game 5

Game 4 winner vs. Game 4 Loser, 4 p.m. (if necessary)