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Cougs stay hot, up to No. 8 in 3A

In an effort to chase down last year’s stellar 21-4 mark, North Harrison won four more games over the past week to push its record to 7-0 and climb to No. 8 in the latest Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A poll.
North defeated Clarksville on Thursday, 12-1, took a twin-bill from Mitchell on Saturday, 9-4 and 11-3 and trounced Charlestown on Monday, 13-0.
”The hitting was great up and down the lineup. Mitchell came in 3-1 and was a good ball club,’ North coach Danny Schmidt said.
In this week’s victory, the Cougars posted five-spots in each of the first two innings, added two in the third and one more in the fourth.
Ray VonAllmen (2-0) picked up the win, striking out five and walking two while giving up only three hits.
Jon Couts, Scott Burdin, Zach Janes, Troy Eveslage and Matt Weathers all doubled for North.
Weathers finished 2-2 with a pair of RBI while Burdin was 2-3 with three runs and three RBI.
In the first tilt on Saturday against the Bluejackets, the host club got all the runs it would need in the bottom of the second inning.
Janes and Brenden Zellers both talked and Weathers hit a single for a RBI. Zach Sullivan had a base hit, with was followed by a single and two RBI from Couts. VonAllmen followed suit with a single, marking one run. Stewart Wenning capped the scoring in the inning by driving in Couts with a base hit.
VonAllmen finished 2-3 on the day, Janes was 2-3 with three RBI and Couts was 2-4 with a pair of RBI.
Janes (2-0), who later had a double for two RBI, landed the win, and while it didn’t qualify for a save or a hold, the pitching effort turned in by Daniel Rumbley was notable, Schmidt said.
‘Rumbley played a key role on the mound by relieving Zach Janes when he got tired in the fifth inning. Daniel got us out of the inning. We were able to turn the ball over to Ray VonAllmen who struck out five out the last six he faced,’ Schmidt said.
Game Two saw the Bluejackets put up more of a fight, however a nine-run fourth inning turned the tide for good in favor of the host team.
‘Derek (Harbeson) pitched in his first outing in the second game. He had four strikeouts and one walk. I thought he really pitched solid for his first outing of the year,’ Schmidt said.
North Harrison’s first run came after a triple by Burdin. A passed ball put the home team on top.
Both clubs would go scoreless over the next two innings, however that’s as far as the Cougars’ drought would last.
Burdin blasted a two-bagger and scored on a single by Wenning. Eveslage grounded into a fielder’s choice, however both he and Wenning were safe. Zellers reached on an error, allowing Wenning to come across and then Rumbley walked.
Janes took advantage of a pinch-hitting opportunity by singling to drive in two runs.
Couts was plunked, which set up back-to-back two-RBI hits, one by VonAllmen and a three-bagger by Burdin.
Wenning had a clutch sacrifice fly to cap the scoring for the Cougars.
Burdin finished 4-4 with four runs scored and three RBI and Wenning was 2-4 with two RBI in the win.
Thanks to a strong outing by Burdin, North’s pair of runs in the top of the first once again proved to be all it needed to shade Clarksville in a Mid-Southern Conference tilt.
‘It was a good conference win for us,’ Schmidt said. ‘I thought Scott threw the ball a lot better than his first outing.’
Burdin singled, Wenning walked and Janes singled. A throwing error allowed the two Cougars to come home.
In the top of the third, Couts singled, VonAllmen singled and Burdin grounded into a fielder’s choice. After a walk to Wenning, Janes grounded out for a run and Eveslage singled for two runs and a 5-0 lead.
Clarksville came back with one in the bottom of the fourth, however in the top of the fifth inning, North blew the game open.
VonAllmen and Burdin both doubled in the stanza ‘ with Burdin driving in VonAllmen. After that, Wenning was issued a free pass to first. Eveslage brought in two teammates with a triple, Zellers was hit by a pitch and then Matt Weathers singled for a run. Eveslage wound up scoring on a passed ball.
The Cougars would go on to score two more insurance and game-ending runs in the top of the sixth.
Wenning took one for the team to reach base, Zach Janes walked and Eveslage drove one run in with a single. Janes then scored on a throwing error.
The Cougars return to action today at Floyd Central at 5 p.m. and then host rival Corydon Central on Thursday at 4:45 p.m.