Pacer diamondmen split pair of games
The Switzerland County Pacer varsity baseball team is still looking for its hitting to heat up, but the team is playing well, having split a pair of games during the past week.
Win over Mustangs
Last Wednesday, April 17th, Switzerland County earned a 13-5 victory over New Washington.
Pacer hurler Zach Weaver earned the win on the mound, going all seven innings, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out seven. Only three of the five runs Weaver allowed were earned.
At the plate, Weaver also led his squad, going 4-for-5 with a double, scoring three runs and also recording an RBI and a stolen base. Cade Rider also continued his outstanding play, going 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, an RBI, and two stolen bases.
Damion Courter was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base; Evan Halstenburg was 1-for-3 with two RBI; Arthur Colameo was 1-for-3 with two RBI; Dakota Wallace was 1-for-2 with an RBI; and Patrick Stow was 1-for-3 with four runs scored and an RBI. Nate Scudder had an RBI; Damian Breeck scored a run and had a stolen base; and Landon Wilks was 1-for-3.
The Pacers got off to a quick start, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and then adding a single run in the bottom of the second. The Mustangs dented the scoreboard in the top of the third with two runs; but the Pacers responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to hold a 6-2 lead. After New Washington scored a run in the top of the fourth, the Pacers got busy offensively, again, scoring three more runs and then added three more in the bottom of the fifth. New Washington then scored two more in the top of the sixth, and after the Pacers countered with one more run, the Mustangs went quietly in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Tough loss to Rebels
This past Monday, April 22nd, the Pacers got behind early and couldn’t respond, falling to the Southwestern Rebels by a count of 11-5.
Southwestern scored five runs in the top of the first inning, and after the Pacers got two runs in the bottom of the opener, the Rebels scored two more in the top of the second. Switzerland County got a run in the bottom of the second to get within four; and after each team scored a run in the fifth; the Rebels again scored two runs in the top of the sixth. Both teams scored a single run in the seventh, but the Pacers couldn’t put together enough offense to overcome the early deficit.
Zach Weaver continued his outstanding play, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the game. Damion Courter was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and he also added a stolen base.
Damian Breeck was 1-for-3 with two runs scored; Cade Rider was 1-for-4 with a run scored; and Dakota Wallace was 2-for-4.
On the mound, Drew Chatham started and went 1 2/3-innings to suffer the loss. He gave up four hits and seven runs (three earned); six walks and two strikeouts.
Breeck went 1 2/3-innings, allowing two walks and striking out two; Weaver went 3 1/3-innings, allowing five hits, four runs (two earned); one walk and garnered two strikeouts; and Zack Stout went 1/3-inning, allowing a walk.