Pacers fall twice as defense struggles to open season
The Switzerland County High School varsity baseball team has struggled early in its season, but there is still plenty of time for the Pacers to get moving on the right track.
At South Dearborn
The Pacers traveling to Aurora to play South Dearborn on April 3rd, and fell by a final score of 11-1.
Drew Chatham started on the mound, going two innings and allowing three hits and 10 runs — but only four of those runs were earned. He struck out three and allowed four walks. Zach Weaver pitched one inning, allowing two hits and a run; and Damion Courter also pitched an inning, picking up a strikeout, as the game ended early due to the 10-run rule.
Offensively, Switzerland County got its only run in the top of the first with Patrick Stow driving in Cade Rider. Stow was 1-for-3 with the RBI in the game; while Rider was 1-for-3 with the run scored and a stolen base.
At South Ripley
On Monday, April 8th, Switzerland County fell to conference foe South Ripley by a final score of 11-3.
Chatham again drew the start, this time going four innings and allowing five hits and seven walks while striking out two. He gave up eight runs in the game, but again the Pacer defense let him down, as only two of those runs were earned. Courter pitched 1/3rd of an inning, allowing one hit and three runs (2 earned) and walking three; and Rider pitched one and 2/3rds innings, striking out two and allowing a walk, but no runs.
Damian Breeck was 2-for-4 with a run scored; Rider was 2-for-4 with a run scored; Stow had an RBI and also scored a run; Dakota Wallace was 1-for-4; Weaver was 1-for-4; Courter was 1-for-2; and Evan Halstenburg was 1-for-3. Zach Stout also had a hit in the game.
Breeck, Rider, and Stow also had stolen bases in the contest.