Baseball team completes busy week of play

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The Switzerland County Pacer varsity baseball team completed a busy week, going 2-3 over the five game stretch.

– On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Pacers defeated New Washington by a score of 6-0.

Tyler Johnson was the pitching star of the game, going seven innings and striking out nine.

“Tyler threw a great game,” coach Shannon Barger said. “He minimized his pitches and attacked the strike zone. We didn’t hit very well, but scored just enough to pull out the victory.”

– On Friday, April 24th, the Pacers fell to South Ripley by a score of 11-1.

“It was a very disappointing effort all the way around,” Coach Barger said. “We had one hit, and we played poorly defensively. Our pitching wasn’t sharp. We have to improve if we have a shot at winning the conference.”

– On Saturday, the Pacers dropped a doubleheader to Charlestown.

In the opening game, Switzerland County lost a slugfest by a score of 14-12.

Danny Schira had four hits, including two doubles, for the Pacers; while Zach Osowski and Connor Osowski each had three hits.

Jordan Hewitt had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the contest.

“Charlestown is a good team and we competed extremely well,” the coach said. “Allen Chase and Zack Daugherty both battled hard in their first extended time on the mound. We had 15 hits – but we also left 15 runners on base.”

In the second game of the doubleheader, Charlestown won by a 14-2 score.

Offensively, Zach Osowski had two hits including a home run, and two RBI.

“Kendall Otter threw well in relief,” Coach Barger said. “We played many of our young guys, and our inexperience showed.”

– The final game of the stretch was Tuesday night, as the Pacers outlasted Southwestern by a score of 17-10.

Zach Osowski was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, having a double, triple, home run, and six RBI; while Jordan Hewitt also had a home run in the contest.

Danny Schira had two hits; Caleb McClellan had two hits, including a double; Connor Osowski had two hits, including a triple; and Travis Tackett had a double.

On the mound, Tyler Johnson went 5 2/3-innings, allowing just one run and recording seven strikeouts.

“Offensively we had 14 hits,” the coach said. “Our intensity was great in the first inning and then wavered, and our relief pitching struggled. Tyler threw great. We’re now 3-1 in the conference.”