Pacers getting strong pitching, sloppy fielding in pair of ORVC losses

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It was a down week for the Switzerland County Pacer baseball team, falling in two conference games to South Ripley and Milan.

– Last Wednesday, the Pacers fell to South Ripley by a score of 3-0, as the Switzerland County bats couldn’t support the pitching of junior Kyle Whitham.

“It was another strong outing for Whitham,” coach Chad Combs said. “Unfortunately, we played one of our worst defensive games of the year and had no hits with runners in scoring position.”

Whitham went the distance on the hill, striking out five and allowing just two walks. Only one of the South Ripley runs was earned.

Offensively, Casper Stow went 2-for-3 and Whitham also went 2-for-3. Austin South had a hit in three trips to the plate; and Kaleb Harrell also had a single.

– The slide continued on Monday, as the Pacers fell to Sectional foe Milan by a score of 9-5.

“The team who plays catch the best usually wins,” Combs said. “With six errors and seven passed balls, we did not play catch very well.”

Harrell had two hits in three at bats on Monday, scoring a run and driving in another; and Zack Weaver had a big night, going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Casper Stow was 2-for-3 with a run scored; Whitham had a double in three trips to the plate, scoring a run and knocking in another; and runs were also scored by South and Dalton Roark; and Kenyon Bledsoe had an RBI.

On the mound, Roark suffered the loss, going 4 1/3-innings, allowing seven runs – but only four were earned runs; three hits, three walks, and he struck out four.

Casper Stow finished up, pitching 1 2/3-innings, striking out three. Two more runs scored during his time pitching, but neither was earned.

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The Pacers host Oldenburg Academy this Saturday for a 11 a.m. doubleheader; and then travel to Jac-Cen-Del on Monday, May 15th, and Southwestern on Wednesday, May 17th.