Pacer diamondmen earn first victory of the season
The Switzerland County Pacer varsity baseball team has had a busy week, earning one win in three contests.
On Tuesday, April 13th, the Pacers traveled to South Ripley, and fell to the Raiders by a score of 6-0.
Offensively, Bryce Turner had a hit and a walk in three official plate appearances, and also picked up a stolen base.
Kaleb Koons also had a hit in three times to the plate and had a stolen base; as did Austin Bosaw. Trace Johnson was 1-for-2 at the dish with a base hit and a steal; and Ben Hicks picked up a steal after reaching base by being hit with a pitch.
South Ripley scored three runs in the bottom of the first and then added single runs in the second, third, and sixth innings.
Switzerland County starter Drew Chatham went 2 2/3-innings, allowing three hits, five runs with four earned, seven walks and he registered five strikeouts.
Johnson came on in relief to pitch the final 3 1/3-innings, allowing four hits, one earned run; two bases and balls, and two strikeouts.
The Pacers returned home on Wednesday, April 14th, and battled the Milan Indians for seven innings before Milan emerged with an 11-7 win.
After Milan scored in the top of the first, Switzerland County responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Indians scored single runs in the top of the second and third innings, but the Pacers matched those, and then score a run in the bottom of the fourth to pull out to a 5-3 lead over their guests.
The big inning came in the fifth, as Milan plated five runs in the top half of the inning to take the lead; but again Switzerland County battled back, scoring a single run in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 8-6 in favor of the visitors.
Again Milan responded, as the Indians scored three more times in the top of the sixth; and the Pacers mounted a rally, but could only score one run in the bottom of the seventh to see the game end in an 11-7 score in favor of Milan.
Dakota Wallace had a big night at the plate, blasting a home run in the contest as part of a 2-for-2 game that saw him score four runs, have two RBI, and add a stolen base. Wallace was also hit by a pitch twice in the game.
Bryce Turner was 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple, one run scored and an RBI; Kaleb Koons was 1-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI; and Austin Bosaw was 1-for-4 with a stolen base.
Zach Stout and Carter Baldwin each scored runs in the contest; and Baldwin had a stolen base.
Koons took the mound and pitched four innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs; and four walks while striking out two.
Evan Halstenberg pitched 1/3-inning allowing two hits and five runs (only two earned) while allowing two walks; and Turner pitched 2 2/3-innings, giving up three hits, three earned runs and four walks. He struck out three Indian batters.
On Friday, April 16th, Switzerland County earned its first victory of season with a 10-9 win over Shawe Memorial.
After allowing the Hilltoppers to score two runs in the top of the first, Switzerland County raced back to plate three runs in the bottom of the first to grab a lead that they would never relinquish.
The Pacers would go on to score one run in the second; three more in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth to expand their lead to 9-2 after four complete.
Shawe rebounded, scoring three runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings, the final Hilltopper run in the top of the seventh tying the game at 9-9.
Switzerland County then went back to work, scoring a single game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the victory.
Bryce Turner led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 on the night, scoring two run and having one RBI. He also picked up two steals in the contest.
Austin Bosaw had two hits and four trips to the plate, scoring a run and knocking in another and having a steal. He was also hit by a pitch.
Trace Johnson was 2-for-3 with a walk at the plate on Friday, scoring two runs; Drew Chatham was 1-for-2 officially with a run scored, an RBI, and a walk; and while Ben Hicks didn’t record a base hit in the game, he reached base after being hit by a pitch and on an error, scoring two runs.
Dakota Wallace was 1-for-3 in the game with a double and a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
Wallace also pitched six innings in the game, allowing just three hits and two walks. Six runs were scored against Wallace, but none were earned; and he also had eight strikeouts.
Johnson pitched the seventh, allowing two hits and three runs — none earned, and he also allowed a walk.