Pacer diamondmen end successful season with semifinal Sectional loss


The Switzerland County Pacer baseball team ended its season last Wednesday with a loss to the Lawrenceburg Tigers in the semifinals of the Sectional by a score of 4-2.

T. J. Sefton was the first Pacer to reach base when he connected for a single and then moved to second base on a passed ball. He scored when Kris Hetrick’s infield grounder was thrown away at first base.

The score stayed 1-0 in favor of Switzerland County until the top of the third inning, when the Tigers were able to score three runs.

The Pacers were not able to get their offense going in the third inning; but the fourth inning looked promising for the Pacers when Kris Hetrick was able to get on base by error. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second, but an infield pop-up and a fly out left him stranded on the basepaths.

Travis Webster walked in the sixth inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice by T. J. Sefton. Travis Webster was then able to go to third on a passed ball; and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kris Hetrick. That was the last of the scoring for the season for the Pacers.

The Tigers scored one more in the seventh inning to end the ball game, 4-2.

“We made too many mistakes to win a sectional game,” Coach Shannon Barger said. “We committed four errors and gave up zero earned runs. Our pitching did its usual outstanding job. I am extremely disappointed for our seniors. they have worked very hard and helped lay the foundation for many years to come. They should be proud of what they help accomplish this year.”

Coach Barger said that the team should be proud of the accomplishments that the Pacers earned this season.

“We had a school record-tying 18 wins and a 9-3 conference record,” the coach said. “They are outstanding young men and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

Scoring runs in the game were Travis Webster and T. J. Sefton; while hits were made by juniors Kris Hetrick, Travis Webster and T. J. Sefton. Kris Hetrick was the only player with RBI — adding two.

Travis Webster pitched five innings and had four strikeouts and two walks; while senior Cody Peters finished the game and only had one walk.