Pacer varsity baseball team picks up two conference wins, prepares for Sectional play

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Coach Shannon Barger’s Switzerland County varsity baseball team capped a week with two conference wins with victories over Southwestern and Shawe.

The Switzerland County Pacer baseball team played at home last Wednesday, winning 10-6 over the Southwestern Rebels.

Tyler May was first to get on base in the first inning and went to second on an error. A single by Kris Hetrick then scored Tyler May. Kris Hetrick then crossed home plate after a single by Cody Peters.

In the second inning, Brandon Otter singled and Bryan Levell doubled. Travis Webster then hit a triple which scored both runners. A Tyler May singled then plated Travis Webster with the third run of the inning.

Matt Wegman then reached base on an error and Ryan Peters singled to score Tyler May. Matt Wegman later scored when the Rebels comitted an error on a ground ball by Zach Getz.

Tyler May singled in the sixth inning and was replaced by Justin Levell to run the bases. Kris Hetrick then singled but was forced out on a ground ball by Matt Wegman. Cody Peters then connected on a three-run home run.

“A good start and a terrific finish, but we played awful in between,” coach Shannon Barger said. “Brandon Otter threw solidly for six innings. Our hitters got complacent and our focus was not real good after we got up 7-1. Cody Peters hit a big home run to give us some breathing room.”

Pacer senior Tyler May had a historic night, as he broke the career hits record previously held by Jamie Hayes.

Cody Peters had a run, three hits, and five RBI; Tyler May finished with a run, a hit and two RBI. Zach Getz and T. J. Sefton each finished with a hit; Justin Levell had a run and Matt Wegman had two runs. Travis Webster had a run, a hit and two RBI; Kris Hetrick finished with a run, two hits and an RBI. Brandon Otter and Bryan Level each finished with a run and two hits each. Along with the home run by Cody Peters and a triple by Travis Webster; Brandon Otter, Bryan Levell and T. J. Sefton each had doubles.

Brandon Otter pitched six innings and had three strikeouts, gave up five earned runs and two walks. Tyler May pitched one inning with two strikeouts and one walk.

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The Pacers finished with another 10-6 win, this time against Madison Shawe on Senior Night last Friday.

A wild night started in the third inning when the Pacers scored five runs — three on wild pitches. Kris Hetrick had a sacrifice fly and Cody Peters had an RBI single.

The Pacers also scored five runs in the sixth inning — all with two outs. This time, four of those runs were scored in wild pitches. Tyler May had an RBI on a fielder’s choice in which T. J. Sefton’s hustle allowed the inning to continue.

“It is always nice to win our Senior Night,” Coach Barger said. “The win clinched our first winning season since 1994. Our seniors not only contributed greatly in this game, but they have been our stalwarts all season.”

Senior Tyler May had two runs, two hits (one a double) and an RBI; senior Cody Peters had a hit and an RBI; and senior Michael Otter had two runs and one hit (double). Zach Getz is also a senior on the team.

Travis Webster scored two runs; T. J. Sefton and Matt Wegman each finished with a run each. Kris Hetrick had a run and an RBI; Brandon Otter had a run and two hits (one triple).

Pitching six innings was Tyler May, who had six strikeouts, one walk and gave up four earned runs; while Cody Peters pitched one inning to finish the game.

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The Switzerland County jayvee baseball team split games at Austin on Saturday, May 13th.

In the first game the Pacers lost 13-4. All scoring for the Pacers came in the fifth inning when Steve Schira reached base on a fielder’s choice and Ryan Peters also got on base by an Austin error. Jordan Pavy then had a base hit that drove Steve Schira across the plate and sent Ryan Peters to third. Joe Spoores then doubled to knock in both baserunners. Joe Spoores was then able to score when Aaron Moore had a base hit.

Joe Spoores and Steve Schira each had two hits and a run each; Joe Spoores also had an RBI. Aaron Moore had a hit and an RBI; and Ryan Peters finished with a run scored. Jordan Pavy scored a run, had a hit and an RBI; and Tyler Johnson finished with a hit.

Steve Schira and Joe Spoores each hit doubles during the game.

“Mental and physical mistakes allowed them to score early and often. We had chances early but could not capitalize on them allowing them to maintain their lead,” coach Ryan Cummings said. “Our pitching would have kept us in the game if we would not have had our mistakes.”

Jeff Oser pitched three innings during the game. He allowed four earned runs, had one strikeout and gave up three walks. Bryan Levell pitched two innings and had two strikeouts and one walk; and T. J. Sefton pitched one inning with one walk.

In the second game, the Pacers jayvee team took the win by a score of 3-1.

In the third inning Jordan Hewitt was walked and then stole to second. On Justin Levell’s strikeout the catcher dropped the ball and then threw to first to get the out; and Jordan Hewitt advanced to third on the throw. He then scored on the first basemen’s throwing error to third.

In the next inning, Steve Schira had a base hit and then stole second. He was then able to advance to third base on the throw to second. He then scored when Ryan Peters hit a sacrifice fly. Jordan Pavy singled and went to second on a wild pitch; and he scored on Jeff Oser’s base hit.

Jordan Pavy and Steve Schira each had a run and a hit; Ryan Peters finished with a hit and an RBI. Jeff Oser had a hit and RBI; while Jordan Hewitt earned a run.

Pitching five innings was Ryan Peters, who had seven strikeouts and allowed five walks. Bryan Levell pitched one inning had strikeout and two walks. T. J. Sefton also pitched an inning and finished with one strikeout and one walk.