Brown powers Eagles past NW
After a disappointing loss to Orleans Saturday, Lanesville’s baseball team kicked off its Southern Athletic Conference slate Monday afternoon with a big 9-1 victory over New Washington at Ed Jaegers Memorial Field.
Trailing 1-0 through two innings, the visiting Mustangs plated an unearned run to tie the game.
Lanesville came back in the bottom half of the third and scored two runs.
New Washington loaded the bases twice in the last two innings but failed to convert on the scoring chances. In the final frame, the Mustangs loaded the bases with one out and couldn’t scratch a run across.
Eagles coach Sean Smith said his young team needed the conference victory.
‘Saturday (against Orleans) and then today are the first 1A schools we’ve played. We’ve played North Harrison, New Albany, West Vigo and those schools. We’ve kind of built on those experiences,’ Smith said. ‘I don’t think we were really ready to play those teams early because we were so young. Now that we’ve got a few games in and the kids have started settling in, they’ve calmed down and gotten used to things.
‘I start three freshman and a couple of sophomores, so we are very young. These past three or four games we’ve started to get better and better, and, hopefully, as the conference goes on, we’ll get a little better. Then, when sectional rolls around, we’ll see where we’re at.’
The Eagles (3-7, 1-0) drew first blood as Adam Brown bashed a one-out triple and came in on a groundout by Eric Hess.
New Washington’s Corey Tetzlaff reached on an error and scored on a two-out double by Doug Cooper to tie the affair.
Lanesville’s Steve Lewis walked to lead off the bottom of the third and Scott Lewis doubled. Brown helped his own cause and picked up a RBI on a fielder’s choice. Three batters later, Aaron McKim hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Scott Lewis.
Lanesville scored again in the bottom of the fifth as Brown walked and stole second and third. Hess grounded out for another RBI.
The Eagles blew the game open in the sixth, when they plated five runs.
McKim and Taylor Hess led off with walks, and Matthew Beckman executed the hit-and-run to perfection by gapping a stand-up double for two RBI. Seth Jacobs walked and stole second, and was driven in on an infield single by Scott Lewis. Brown flew out to right to score Jacobs and Lewis came in on an error.
Brown, who Smith said is the team’s ace this season, struck out three in seven innings of work to push his record to 2-0 as a starter. After issuing a one-out walk to Tetzlaff, a single to Cody Kennedy and a free pass to Todd Harbin, Brown struck out Cooper and Devin Sizemore looking to end the game.
‘This year he’s been by far our most consistent pitcher,’ Smith said. ‘He makes plays, he throws strikes, and there have been a lot of people this year that have not been able to hit him really hard. I have confidence in him right now to get out of that situation.’
With some of the defensive miscues that plagued the team early on, Smith is hoping for better things as the season wears on.
‘They are starting to come around. We’ve got South Central and Henryville coming up next week, and, hopefully, we’ll be competitive. We know they’ve both got really good teams this year, and both are probably looking for some revenge for what we did to them last year,’ Smith said.