Pacer diamondmen pick up two wins

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The Switzerland County varsity baseball team won two of three games during the past week, splitting a doubleheader with Charlestown and then defeating Southwestern.

The doubleheader on Saturday saw the Pacers fall to the Pirates by a score of 7-4 in the opening game, and then bounce back to claim a 12-8 victory.

In the first game, offense was provided by Ian Sisson, who had two hits; while Ryan Peters and Justin Barnes each had a double. Danny Schira had a triple in the contest.

Luke May had an outstanding day on the mound, going six innings and allowing only four earned runs. Brandon pitched the final inning, allowing one run.

The second game saw Brandon Otter collect two hits; while Luke May, Danny Schira, and Codey Turner each had a double.

On the mound, senior Ryan Peters continued his impressive season, going six innings and allowing four earned runs. Brandon Otter again pitched the final inning.

“It was good to get a split with a quality opponent,” Coach Shannon Barger said. “Luke May pitched well in game one, but we could not make enough plays to get him the win. Ryan and Brandon also pitched well in the second game, and we were able to score enough to overcome a shaky defensive effort. Codey Turner had a huge pinch-hit double to give us a little breathing room going into the seventh inning.”

On Monday night the Pacers picked up a conference win with a 10-6 victory over Southwestern.

Offensively, Zach Osowski had two hits including a double; and Justin Barnes also had a double among his two hits. Ian Sisson also picked up a couple of hits in the win.

Danny Schira and Ian Sisson also scored two runs each; and Zach Osowski had three RBI and Justin Barnes added two.

Zach Osowski also had a great night on the mound, pitching five innings and striking out four while allowing only one earned run. Brandon Otter again finished up, pitching two strong innings, striking out four and holding the Rebels scoreless.

“We were able to overcome a miserable fielding day, committing seven errors,” Shannon Barger said. “We had some clutch hitting and a shut down relief appearance by Brandon Otter. Zach was not as sharp as usual, but if we make routine plays, he throws a lot fewer pitches. I’m happy with the win – but not with our play.”