Pacer moundsmen off to slow season start
The Switzerland County High School boys varsity baseball team is off to a slow start, but there are high hopes that the Pacer bats will heat up as the weather does.
Last Friday, April 9th, the Pacer hosted Jac-Cen-Del, and fell by a final score of 12-2.
Switzerland County got on the board first, scoring in the bottom of the first inning; but the Eagles responded with four runs in the top of the third and then added five more in the top of the fourth.
The Pacers then tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth, but Jac-Cen-Del wrapped up the game with three more runs in the top of the seventh to provide the 10-run final margin.
Bryce Turner led the Pacers at the plate, going 2-for-2 on two doubles with a walk and an RBI. Turner was also hit by a pitch in the game.
Kaleb Koons had a hit in three official plate appearances, and scored a run; and he was also hit by a pitch. Ben Hicks was 1-for-2 at the plate with a walk and two stolen bases.
Dakota Wallace drew a walk in the game; as did Carter Baldwin and Jace Hambrick. Trace Johnson picked up a walk and stole a base.
Wallace started on the mound and went 3 2/3-innings, allowing three hits and seven runs — but only four were earned. He walked four and posted five strikeouts in suffering the loss.
Drew Chatham came in to relieve in the fourth and allow one hit and two earned runs; and Johnson then pitched the final 3 1/3-innings, striking out two while allowing just one hit and three walks. All three runs he gave up were earned.
On Saturday, April 10th, the Pacers traveled to Austin, and suffered a 12-0 loss in five innings.
The Eagles struck quickly off of starter Drew Chatham, posting five runs in the first. Overall Chatham allowed seven runs, six of them earned, four hits and four bases on balls while recording one strikeout.
Austin then added three more in the second off of Chatham and Pacer reliever Evan Halstenberg; and then added four more in the bottom of the fourth off of Halstenberg and reliever Zach Stout.
Overall on the mound, Halstenberg went two winnings allowing five hits and four runs, three earned. He also gave up a walk. Stout pitched one inning, giving up one hit, one earned run and three walks while striking out one.
At the plate, Switzerland County managed just one hit in the game by Bryce Turner; and the only other base runner that the Pacers had was when Carter Baldwin worked a walk.