Pacers continue strong pitching, hitting

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The Switzerland County Pacer baseball team went 2-1 over the past week.

– On Wednesday, April 19th, the Pacers defeated New Washington by a score of 16-2.

The Pacers got on the board early, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first; and Switzerland County added two more in the second; four in the third; and three more in the fourth to end the game under the Mercy Rule.

Austin South led the big Pacer attack, going 2-for-4 at the plate including a double with a run scored and three RBI. Patrick Stow also continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 including a double with two runs scored and one RBI. Kenyon Bledsoe was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI and had a stolen base; and Casper Stow was 1-for-2 with a double and three runs scored and he also knocked in a run; and Dalton Roark was 1-for-3 with a double and three runs scored and an RBI.

Kaleb Harrell was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI; Nate Thomas was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Kyle Whitham had a pair of RBI; and Coby Blanton scored three runs.

On the mound, Whitham went 2 1/3-innings for the win, striking out three while allowing just one earned run and three hits. South went the final 2 2/3-innings, picking up four strikeouts while allowing three hits and one earned run.

– On Thursday, April 20th, Switzerland County traveled across the river and earned a 12-5 win over Gallatin County.

Whitham earned his second victory in as many days, going four innings and allowing just six hits, three earned runs; and he struck out two. Casper Stow went the final three innings, allowing an earned run and picking up a strikeout.

Offensively, Whitham was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and three RBI; Harrell was 2-for-3 with two RBI; Casper Stow was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored and three RBI; and Roark was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.

Patrick Stow was 2-for-5 with two runs scored; South was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI; and Bledsoe had a run scored and an RBI. Blanton also scored a run.

– This past Monday the Pacers fell in conference play to Southwestern by a final score of 4-3, as the Rebels plated two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead and then held off the Pacers for the win.

Roark relieved Whitham in the fifth and went 1 2/3-innings, allowing the winning runs to cross. South also pitched 1 1/3-innings to finish up.

South was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored; while Roark was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Harrell was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.

Casper Stow was 1-for-4 with a run scored; Whitham was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

“We couldn’t get the big hit with two outs and left several runners in scoring position,” head coach Chad Combs said.

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Switzerland County returns to action Saturday at home for a doubleheader against Corydon. The junior varsity team plays East Central tomorrow (Friday) night at home.