The Switzerland County Pacer baseball team is heading into the final portion of its regular season, and has its sights firmly set on defending its Sectional championship.
– Last Wednesday, May 7th, senior Bob Tressler had an outstanding effort on the mound as the Pacers defeated South Ripley, 8-0.
Bob Tressler went five innings, striking out five while allowing just one hit and three walks. Senior Kyle Konkle got Switzerland County out of a jam in the sixth inning, and pitched the final two innings, striking out four and not giving up a hit.
Pacer coach Chad Combs credited an outstanding Pacer defense with a big part of the win.
The Pacers scored in the first inning when leadoff man Nate Hunter reached on a walk. Hunter Jordan then reached base on an error by the South Ripley second baseman, allowing Nate Hunter to move to third. He then scored on a groundout by Bob Tressler.
Nate Hunter also scored Switzerland County’s second run of the game, as he led off the third inning with a single, and moved all the way around to third on a passed ball by the Raider catcher. After Kyle Konkle drew a walk, Hunter Jordan’s grounder to second allowed Nate Hunter to score.
That was all of the offense until the seventh, when the Pacers exploded for six runs.
Zach Whitaker led things off with a base on balls, and that was followed by teammate Kollin Hayes also drawing a walk. Dalton Wagner then loaded the bases when he was safe after sacrificing; and Douglas Ray brought home the first run of the stanza with a single.
Nate Hunter’s single then scored the second run of the inning; and Kyle Konkle’s single drove home two more runs. Hunter Jordan’s single moments later drove home a pair of RBI; and Bob Tressler also reached in the inning after an error.
– Last Friday, May 9th, senior Nate Hunter did damage both at the plate and on the mound as Switzerland County defeated Rising Sun by a score of 6-0.
On the hill, the senior went seven innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits and one walk.
Offensively, Nate Hunter was 2-for-3 at the plate, singling twice and scoring a run after recording a stolen base.
The Pacers got on the board in the second inning, when Nate Hunter singled and stole second. Kyle Konkle followed that by reaching after being hit by a pitch; and Bob Tressler’s double plated both runners for two RBI.
Three more runs scored in the fourth inning, as Dalton Wagner reached with a walk after one out. Brandon White then singled; and Douglas Ray powered a triple to the left centerfield wall that scored both runners. Nate Hunter then launched a sacrifice fly that scored Douglas Ray.
The final run came in the sixth inning, when Kollin Hayes was hit by a pitch. Dalton Wagner’s sacrifice moved Kollin Hayes to second; and a Douglas Ray shot resulted in an error on Shiner shortstop Cody Weaver, which scored Kollin Hayes.
– On Monday night, the Pacers rode out a rain delay to defeat Milan by a score of 4-2.
Coach Combs credited senior Kyle Konkle for an outstanding effort on the mound, replacing starter Tanner Jones after the rain delay.
Kyle Konkle went five and one-third innings, striking out four and allowing just four hits and one earned run.
Once again the Pacer offense got going early, as Nate Hunter led off the bottom of the first with a walk; and advanced to second when Kyle Konkle also walked. Nate Hunter then stole third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Douglas Ray.
Milan got two runs in the top of the second to take a lead, but Switzerland County bounced right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
Dalton Wagner drew a base on balls; and advanced on to third on a single by Brandon White. Tanner Jones then walked, and Dalton Wagner scored on a passed ball by the Milan catcher. A sacrifice fly by Nate Hunter scored Brandon White, and the Pacers were back in front.
The final run of the game came in the sixth, and Coach Combs credited underclassmen Matt Roland and Dalton Roark with producing that insurance run.
With two outs in the sixth, Matt Roland doubled to left field, and Dalton Roark followed that with a double that gave the Pacers some breathing room.
The week puts the Switzerland County varsity record at 14-5 overall, and 8-2 in the conference. The ORVC mark is good enough for second place behind leader Jac-Cen-Del, which comes to town this Monday. The game starts at 5 p.m., and the Pacers are looking for a big home crowd as they march towards a possible conference title.