|Fri, Jul 25, 2014 03:43 PM
June 04, 2014 | 12:03 PM
Outside of one rough inning for South Central, the Rebels out-hit rival Lanesville to score a 6-3 decision Saturday in the Class A South Central Sectional semi-final.
"We came out and hit the ball pretty good, then we let them have their inning before we had to respond," South Central catcher Parker Gabhart said.
"That was a good ballgame," South Central coach Brian McKnight said. "Both teams battled just like when these two teams get together."
South Central took the lead early but found itself in a hole when Lanesville got into an offensive groove.
The Rebels managed two first-inning runs, one on a Gabhart sac fly to score Cory Ray, the other when Alex Goforth reached on an infield error to plate Nick Veith.
Lanesville's success came in the top of the second. The first four batters — Jon Ferree, Spencer Dauphinee, Kyle Rottet and Ryan McCubbins — reached base. Ferree's single and Dauphinee's base on balls against right-hander Veith set up two scoring opportunities.
Rottet delivered a hit to grass before McCubbins brought Rottet and Dauphinee home with a double to left field. The clutch liner put the Eagles ahead 3-2.
Veith was able to limit the damage, retiring three of the next four batters. Eagle Greg Daly, who drew a walk, had to leave the game with a hip injury.
South Central quickly tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the second. Pitcher Brenden Bube, a freshman, had his moments against the potent Rebels offense. He struck out two to begin the second frame, but eventually loaded the bases with a pair of walks. One was intentional to Austin Knear to load the bags after Veith reached on a hit-and-run.
To tie the game, Ray scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs.
South Central scored the go-ahead run in the third when a lead-off walk to Alex Goforth led to a run. Nathan Shaffer lined a single to center, bringing home Goforth to put South Central up, 4-3.
With the lead back, Veith found his spots on the hill. At one point, he retired eight in a row. In the third inning, he nearly gave up a hit to Dauphinee when he rocketed a ball to right field. Right fielder Joseph Logsdon fielded the ball cleanly and threw out Dauphinee at first base.
"(Logsdon) called that, too," Gabhart said of the freshman. "He said 'I'm going to throw someone out at first,' and we saw it happen."
Gabhart credited Veith with bouncing back after a rough first few innings.
"He threw great," Gabhart said. "He gave up the one inning then, once we helped him out with the extra runs, he pitched really well."
"Veith settled in and has matured over the years," McKnight said. "He doesn't let innings like that bother him anymore. He composes himself and does his job. He threw 50 pitches the first two innings then ended up throwing 50 the last five innings."
Insurance runs came for Veith in the bottom of the sixth. Bube induced a pair of ground outs for two quick outs, but Knear changed things with a triple. The senior hit a ball to the base of the fence as Lanesville right fielder Luke Beach crashed into the chain-link.
Gabhart scored Knear with a single to center.
"I had two strikes on me," Gabhart said of the at-bat. "He shook off a bunch, so I had no idea what was coming, but it was a fastball outside. I took it oppo."
Taking off for second early on a pitch, Alex Goforth hit a duck snort single between second baseman Stephen Shaffer and Beach. Gabhart's jump allowed him to score from first.
"Parker has done a good job coming up with big hits in crucial times," McKnight said. "On first base, he is running on his own with such a huge jump, he scores on that 'Judy' by Alex. That's a bigger cushion, making it a three-run game instead of two."
Veith took care of the rest. In the seventh, he retired the side, including two Ks. He went the distance, striking out seven while giving up only four hits.
Bube was handed the loss despite striking out seven. He walked five and hit two batters.
"Bube pitched a great game," Lanesivlle coach Rusty McCubbins said. "It wasn't his best, but, against a good team, sometimes you are trying your best and not hitting locations in critical counts."
McCubbins said he knew South Central was a great hitting team coming into the match-up.
"They hit the ball a little better than we did," he said. "Their strength all year long has been their hitting. It showed the first time we played and again today. They earned several of their runs."
Lanesville improved greatly from a year ago, going from a 5-16 season to 13-11.
"We feel like slowly we are progressing up," McCubbins said. "Our younger guys got in and gained experience."
Ryan McCubbins finished the game 2 for 3, while Rottet and Ferree had the other hits for the Eagles.
South Central had a two-hit performance out of Gabhart and Veith. Near the bottom of the order, Logsdon and Shaffer had hits as well.
"Everyone did their job today, and that is what it takes to win team ballgames," McKnight said.
Lanesville 030 000 0 – 3 4 2
South Central 211 002 x – 6 8 1
W – Veith, L – Bube.
2B – McCubbins (L); 3B – Knear (SC).