Pacers split a pair of conference games

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The Switzerland County Pacer varsity baseball team ran into a pitching buzzsaw last Wednesday night, as South Ripley’s B.J. Sieverding twirled a no-hitter in defeating the Pacers by a score of 4-1.

The only Switzerland County run came when senior Brandon Otter drew a walk, then stole second. He advanced to third on a passed ball, and then scored on a wild pitch.

B.J. Sieverding recorded 16 strikeouts in the game.

Switzerland County also saw an outstanding mound effort, as Zach Osowski pitched five innings, struck out two, walked two and had no earned runs.

Brandon Otter pitched the final inning, recording one strikeout and allowing two earned runs.

“It makes it really tough to win a game when you don’t get any hits,” coach Shannon Barger said. “It puts tremendous pressure on you defensively and on your pitchers. Tonight, they were better than we were.”

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On Monday night the Pacers got back to their winning ways with a 10-6 conference win over Milan.

Ryan Peters led the way for Switzerland County at the plate, collecting four hits, including two triples. He had three RBI; and also pitched three innings in the game, striking out five and allowing two earned runs.

Brandon Otter started the game on the mound, pitching four innings and striking out six while allowing three earned runs; and at the plate he collected two hits and scored two runs.

Danny Schira had two hits, two RBI, and he also scored two runs; and Zach Osowski scored two runs, as well.

“Ryan Peters had a great night,” Coach Barger said. “He pitched well in relief and came up with some big hits. We were aggressive on the bases and took advantage of what was given to us.”