Jayvee Pacers earn three big wins

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The junior varsity baseball team from Switzerland County has continued to have an outstanding season, earning three wins over the past week, including two ORVC wins in the first ever Switzerland County Invitational JV Tourney.

The Pacers got things rolling on Thursday, May 5th, with an 11-1 win over Carroll County. Switzerland County jumped on their guests early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looking back.

At the plate, Tyler Konkle was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI; Kyle Whitham was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI; and Austin South was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Cade Rider scored two runs and knocked in another; Kaleb Harrell had a hit; Harrison Griffis scored two runs; Levi Purvis had a run scored; and Justin Chatham collected an RBI.

Rider went the distance on the mound, striking out 10 while allowing just two hits and one earned run.

On Saturday the JV tournament was held here, and the Pacers posted an impressive 11-1 win over South Ripley.

Again Switzerland County got its offense rolling early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first that was more than enough for the final margin of victory. The Pacers added another run in the bottom of the second; and three runs each in the fourth and the fifth innings.

After pitching the opening 2/3-innings for the Pacers and striking out two and allowing a run; Casper Stow gave way to Whitham on the mound, and he pitched the final 4 1/3-innings, striking out nine.

Offensively, Whitham was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored and two more batted in; and Konkle was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI. Kenyon Bledsoe was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI; and Harrell also had an RBI.

South was 1-for-3 with a run scored; and Rider, Coby Blanton, and Tyler Perry each scored runs.

Switzerland County was also busy on the base paths, as Harrison Griffis, Blanton, Whitham, and Chatham each had two stolen bases and Perry added a stolen base.

The Pacers also defeated Rising Sun’s junior varsity team as part of the tournament by a score of 9-3.

Purvis had a double, scored two runs and knocked one in to lead the Pacer charge; while South scored two runs, had an RBI, and also collected two stolen bases.

Owen Wagner was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored; Kenyon Bledsoe was 1-for-4; Chatham had a hit, two runs scored and an RBI; Konkle knocked in a run and also scored one; Whitham added a hit; and Griffis had a run scored.

Switzerland County did its damage in the middle of this contest, scoring three runs in the top of the third; four in the top of the fourth; and two more in the top of the fifth.

Kenyon Bledsoe earned the win in relief, going four innings, striking out four and allowing three earned runs. Konkle opened the game on the mound, pitching three innings and striking out five while blanking the Shiners from the scoreboard.