Pacers come up short in extra innings, 2-1

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Another outstanding pitching performance for the Switzerland County baseball team ran into an even stronger one on Tuesday, night, as the Pacers fell to Rising Sun by a score of 2-1 in extra innings.

Senior Casper Stow and Rising Sun hurler Bryan Turner were knotted up in a pitching duel all night long, with Stow pitching 7 1/2-innings before having to be removed in the eighth due to the IHSAA’s new pitch count rule. Stow allowed just six hits, while striking out three. Both Shiner runs were earned. Kyle Whitham pitched the final 2/3-inning, allowing a hit.

As dominant as that performance was, Turner’s was better, as the Rising Sun pitcher went eight innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight.

The one run that Turner did give up was a home run blast by Switzerland County junior Austin South, which gave the Pacers the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Whitham had the other Switzerland County hit.

Rising Sun tied the game in the top of the seventh inning; and then plated what would be the winning run in the top of the eighth.

Switzerland County coach Chad Combs complimented his defense in the game, noting that the team played much stronger than it had in the past few games. He spotlighted Pacer Coby Blanton, who made a diving play with two outs and two Rising Sun runners on base in the first inning to keep the Shiners from scoring.