Pacers baseball continues steady play during busy week


The Switzerland County High School varsity baseball team continued its outstanding season with a string of games over the past week.

The Chad Combs-coached Pacers are currently ranked #7 in Class 2A by MaxPreps; and are putting up strong offensive numbers combined with steady pitching.

Here’s a look at the past week:

– On Wednesday, April 12th, the Pacers defeated Milan by a score of 8-1. The win moved the Pacers to a record of 2-1 in conference play; and it was also a big day for freshman Patrick Stow, who was 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.

Dalton Roark was 2-for-4 at the plate, including a double with two runs scored, an RBI, and he stole two bases; Austin South was 1-for-4 with a run scored an a stolen base; and Kaleb Harrell had a big day, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and three big RBI. Kenyon Bledsoe was 1-for-2 with an RBI; Owen Wagner had an RBI; and Coby Blanton also had an RBI.

Casper Stow scored two runs and stole two bases; and Kyle Whitham had two runs scored.

On the mound, Roark went six innings allow just four hits and three walks while striking out six. He did not allow an earned run. Owen Wagner pitched the final inning, allowing two hits, one run; and a walk.

– On Thursday, April 13th, the Pacers hosted Shawe Memorial, and pounded their guests by a score of 19-0.

In the game, South, Roark, and Whitham all blasted home runs; and Casper Stow earned the win on the mound, going four innings allowing just two hits while striking out five. Nate Thomas pitched the final inning, allowing two hits, striking out two, and walking one. The game ended after five innings on the ‘mercy rule’.

At the plate: Bledsoe was 2-for-4 including a double with two runs scored, four RBI, and a stolen base. Roark continued his offensive tear by going 2-for-4 with three runs scored, three RBI, and in addition to his homer he also collected a double.

South was 3-for-4 offensively, with three runs scored and three RBI; Whitham was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI; Casper Stow was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI; and Patrick Stow was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, and he also collected a stolen base. Logan Bennett was 1-for-1 with a run scored; Thomas was 1-for-4 with a run scored; and Blanton was 1-for-2.

– On Saturday, April 15th, the Pacers fell to the Batesville Bulldogs by a score of 15-3.

“It was a tough game,” Coach Combs said. “Roark was unavailable; and their leadoff hitter had a triple and three home runs. Their number two hitter is signed at U of L and is expected to be drafted in the first five rounds; but Whitham did strike him out twice. You just have to tip your hat; it was a good learning experience.”

Along with his work on the mound, Whitham was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI; while Casper Stow was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. South had a hit and a run scored; Patrick Stow and Harrell each collected a hit; and Blanton scored a run.

– The Pacers traveled to Madison to take on the Cubs on Monday, April 17th, and fell by a final score of 9-0.

“We struggled to throw strikes,” Combs said. “And we didn’t capitalize on some early mistakes that they made.”

The Pacers had just three hits in the game: a double by Patrick Stow and singles by Casper Stow and Whitham.

Roark went 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, five walks, and three earned runs while striking out three. South pitched 2/3rds of an inning; and Casper Stow and Bledsoe each threw an inning.

The Pacers return to action tonight (Thursday) at Gallatin County; then host Southwestern this Monday, April 24th and host Rising Sun on Wednesday, April 26th.