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SC, NH fall in regional

North Harrison held leads of 2-1 after one and 3-2 after four, however visiting Batesville hung a three-spot in the top of the fifth to roll past the hosts, 6-5.
Eight of the first 11 pitches delivered from Cougars’ starter Burdin were out of the strike zone.
The Bulldogs’ Matt Baum walked, was sacrificed to second and then went to third and scored on a pair of passed balls for a 1-0 lead.
North (21-8) answered with two in the bottom of the inning.
Daniel Rumbley walked, and with one out, Burdin doubled to score his teammate. Stewart Wenning singled and with two out, Troy Eveslage singled to score Burdin for a 2-1 lead.
Batesville scored one in the top of the third, but North answered in the fourth with a run.
The Bulldogs went up 5-3 in the top of the fifth, and later, with the score 6-5, North’s Wenning and Zack Janes each singled with one out. Eveslage popped out to first, and Wenning wasn’t able to get back to second base in time to avoid the double-play, which ended the game.
In Elizabeth, the visiting Jeeps rode a two-run bomb in the second inning by Cody Fisher.
Brandon Hulsman had a ground-rule double to the gap in right-center and two batters later, Fisher blasted one in an almost identical spot, but over the fence without a bounce for a 2-0 lead.
Brian Hasenour walked and was driven in by Hulsman’s second double of the game.
South (17-8) tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth, when N.E. Dubois starting pitcher Theo Heeke lost a bit of his control.
Dustin Hornickel singled and with one out, Heeke proceeded to throw nine consecutive pitches out of the strike zone, walking both Nick and Greg Gehlbach to load the bases.
Scott Nance grounded into a force play to score Hornickel, but that would be the only run the Rebels would score on the night.
South stranded seven runners on the evening, with five having been in scoring position.
‘We just couldn’t get the big hit that we needed at the right time,’ South coach Dr. Richard Brown said. ‘We had base runners, but we couldn’t get them in.
‘Still, I thought my boys played pretty well. We didn’t have any errors and we got a couple of hits and we were in a regional. You can’t be upset with that.’