The young Switzerland County varsity baseball team continues to experience growing pains throughout the season, but the Pacers are battling hard in all their games, including two losses this past week.
On Monday, April 19th, the Pacers traveled to Madison and returned home on the short end of a 15-3 score.
Switzerland County got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Cubs responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first to knot the game.
Madison then scored three times in the bottom of the second; and after Switzerland County scored in the top of the third, the Cubs posted four more runs in the bottom of the third to take control.
The bottom of the fourth saw Madison then score six more runs in the bottom of the fourth; and after the Pacers couldn’t score in the top of the fifth, the game ended as a result of the 10-run rule.
The Pacers collected five hits in the game:
• Bryce Turner was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
• Kaleb Koons was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.
• Dakota Wallace was 1-for-2, was hit by a pitch, and collected a stolen base.
• Bryce Jones was 1-for-1 at the plate.
• Carter Baldwin was 1-for-2 on the night with a stolen base.
• Trace Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored a run.
• Ben Hicks scored a run.
On the mound for Switzerland County, senior Zack Stout got the start and went 2 2/3-innings, allowing three hits and walking seven while recording two strikeouts. He allowed eight Madison runs, with seven earned.
Evan Halstenberg took over on the hill, going one inning, allowing three hits and seven runs (five earned). He walked six and picked up one strikeout.
Koons then pitched the final inning, and was clean across the stat sheet.
On Thursday, April 22nd, the Pacers hosted the New Washington Mustangs, and after moving out to an early lead, Switzerland County couldn’t hold on, and fell to New Washington in extra innings by a score of 10-9.
The Pacers raced out of the gate, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first; and Switzerland County then added three more in the bottom of the third to take a 6-1 lead. New Washington scored a run in the top of the third.
Each team scored a run in the fourth; and the Mustangs began their comeback in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs — but the Pacers held tight, scoring two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 9-6 in favor of Switzerland County.
The Pacers couldn’t hold that lead, however, as New Washington scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9; and then plated the winning run in the top of the eighth.
Switzerland County had a big night with the bats, led by catcher Bryce Turner, who blasted two home runs in the contest. Turner also scored three runs, had two RBI, and picked up a walk.
Trace Johnson also had an outstanding night, going 3-for-5 at the plate, scoring two runs and picking up a stolen base; and Austin Bosaw was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.
In other Pacer offense:
• Drew Chatham was 1-for-1, collecting two RBI, and he also stole a base.
• Bryce Jones was 1-for-4 with a double and had two RBI.
• Kobe Roark was 1-for-1 with a double.
• Dakota Wallace was 1-for-2 and scored two runs. He was also hit by a pitch.
• Carter Baldwin was 1-for-4.
• Kaleb Koons scored a run.
Johnson went the first four innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out five.
Wallace then pitched 1 1/3-innings, giving up four earned runs and two hits and two walks. He also had two strikeouts.
Chatham then went the final 2 2/3-innings, suffering the hard luck loss. He gave up four hits and three walks, and also allowed three runs — but none of the runs were earned. He also had six strikeouts.