Coach Chad Combs’ Switzerland County varsity baseball team split a pair of games last Friday and Saturday, defeating Jac-Cen-Del in the opener and then falling to Austin in the Saturday game.
On Friday, the Pacers defeated the Eagles in a slugfest by a score of 18-12.
On the mound, Kyle Whitham started and went 2 2/3-innings, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out six. He gave up 10 runs, but only two of them were earned. Austin South took over on the hill, going four innings and striking out four and not allowing a hit, but he walked five and allowed two earned runs in picking up the win. Patrick Stow finished the game with the other 1/3-inning, allowing walk but no runs.
At the plate, Kenyon Bledsoe was 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bass. He also scored three runs and had an RBI; while South was 3-for-5 with a double, three runs scored, a stolen base and three RBI.
Stow was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI; Whitham was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, two stolen bases, and seven RBI; Kaleb Harrell was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored; Cade Rider scored a run and drew two walks; Nathan Thomas scored a run and had an RBI; Zach Weaver was 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and he also stole a base; while Dustin Wallace scored three runs.
After Friday night’s offensive battle, snow on Saturday morning pushed the game against Austin back to a late afternoon start; and the Eagles won the game by a final score of 10-3.
Rider led the way at the plate for Switzerland County, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Bledsoe had a hit in four plate appearances; and Stow was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Harrell also had an RBI; and South scored a run and had a stolen base.
On the mound, Bledsoe suffered the loss, going three innings and striking out one and allowing three walks. He surrendered seven runs, but again the Pacer defense didn’t play up to standards, as only one of those runs was earned. Thomas pitched the final four innings, allowing four runs (one earned) while striking out four.