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South capitalizes on Eastern’s errors; Brown fans record 19

To err is human. To blunder seven plays in one inning is downright ugly.
That’s what happened to Eastern Monday night in Elizabeth as the Rebels tripped up the visitors, 9-7, thanks to seven Musketeer errors in the second inning that led to all nine runs for the hosts.
‘That was one ugly , ugly win,’ South coach Dr. Richard Brown said. ‘If it weren’t for their problems fielding the ball we’d have been in major trouble.’
Eastern jumped on top with three runs in the top of the first, with South countering in the bottom of the second.
Gary Graf started the run-train when he reached on an error at third. Justin Lillpop walked, Joey Babcock reached on an error by the pitcher, Trainor and Brad Mercer got the first of two hits in the inning for two RBI. Jared Wilkerson reached first when the right fielder dropped a high fly ball and Deavon Wiseman had a single for two RBI. After four consecutive Eastern errors plated one run and loaded the bases, Mercer came through again with a single and two more RBI. By the time Wilkerson struck out to end in the inning, South had sent 14 batters to the plate and led, 9-3.
Eastern made things interesting by scoring three runs in the top of the third and one more in the fourth, but the Rebels held strong in the waining light to score the win.
‘Josh McRae struggled early on with his control on the mound and I think that has a lot to do with anxiety and nerves. We’re hoping he comes through in the next few games for us,’ Brown said. ‘We know he’ll get better. We’ll just take this win and try to forget about how we got it.’
— South Central junior pitcher Paul Brown broke a school record for strikeouts in a game last week in the Rebels’ season opener.
Brown struck out 19 and walked just one in a one-hitter against Crothersville, which South won, 10-2.
The former record was 18.
‘He just pitched a heck of a game for us,’ Coach Brown said. ‘This was the first game for us, so to come out and Paul do what he did and then getting 11 hits is very good under the conditions we were playing in. It was cold and the field was in very poor condition. We’ll definitely take it.’
Brown also knocked two doubles for the Rebels.
Offensively, Lyndal Woosley had a double, Deavon Wiseman went 3-4 and Joe Babcock was 2-4. In RBI, South’s coach said the totals were spread out.
‘We put them all in a row. That’s a great start for us,’ Brown said.
As for the upcoming season, Brown’s predicting success: ‘We have four solid pitchers and I think if we can just get our hitting to go like it did against Crothersville, we’ll have a great year.’
Corydon 10, Perry 0
Corydon rapped 12 hits in a 10-0 shutout of Perry Central last Tuesday afternoon in Leopold.
The Panthers (2-1) struggled at the plate until the sixth inning and then hit ‘like we are capable,’ Corydon coach Nathan Freed said.
After holding a 2-0 lead, the ‘visiting home team’ (Corydon’s field is still under construction) posted eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win.
Russell Brown evened his record at 1-1 for the Panthers.
Offensively, Braun and Justin McPherson each had three hits, with Braun also stealing three bases. Adam Vannis knocked two hits and singles were recorded by James Yeager, Jimmy Ward, Justin Lynton and Derek Smith.
Josh Carter (0-2) was hit with the loss for the Commodores.

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