SC outlasts Eagles in 13 innings
It took 13 innings and nearly four hours, but South Central was finally able to post a victory over Lanesville on Monday afternoon in Elizabeth, 3-2.
While Greg Gehlbach picked up the win for the Rebels (6-1) and Kenton Acton took the loss for the Eagles (5-4), the true pitching duel came in the first 10 innings.
South’s Chad McRae struck out 20 during his 10-inning stint while Beckman fanned eight over the same stretch.
‘Chad pitched a great game, but their number one (Beckman) pitched well enough to win, too,’ said South manager Nick Tremain. ‘Every time we had a runner in scoring position, they made plays and kept the game going.
‘Greg had to come in to pitch after playing shortstop for 10 innings and I was pretty happy with the way he threw. He held them down until the top of the 13th and threw well enough to give us a chance to win the game.’
South drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth.
Craig Evans reached on a strikeout and a passed ball, then Joe Metcalf doubled for a 1-0 lead.
Lanesville bounced back in the top of the next inning when Beckman doubled to the gap to drive in a run.
The battle remained a 1-1 tie until the top of the 13th, when Acton drove in a run.
Down to their final out and at the bottom of the lineup, the Rebels worked their magic.
Freshman Wesley Hedden battled Acton, then finally knocked a base hit to the right side. Metcalf drew a walk after starting off with a 1-2 count, then Gehlbach reached on an error, scoring Hedden in a close play at the plate.
With Matcalf at third and Gehlbach at second, John Lopp singled in the game-winning run.
‘We were real fortunate to win,’ Tremain said. ‘We knew coming in that this was going to be a tough win for us. I just assumed that it was going to be a low-scoring game. We were able to keep them off the board even though they had bases loaded at one point.
‘I hope we can keep this kind of momentum. I’m hoping we can score a few more runs in these next few games, though.’
Lopp singled three times and Metcalf had two hits, including a double.
For the Eagles, Acton was 2-5 with a stolen base, Seth Jacobs was 2-5 and Aaron McKim was 2-6 with a pair of swipes.
South’s victory was on the heels of a 6-1 triumph against Crawford County last Wednesday afternoon in Elizabeth.
The Rebels posted a single run in the bottom of the first, two more in the second and capped the game with three more runs in the final two innings.
Gehlbach led off the affair with a double that hit off the top of the centerfield fence in South’s half of the first.
An infield single by McRae scored his teammate and gave the hosts their 1-0 lead.
In the second frame with one out, Metcalf singled and Cory Reecer blooped a hit. Gehlbach came through with a RBI single, then McRae scored Reecer with a fielder’s choice groundout.
Later, McRae doubled to bring in two more runs.
Coupled with a couple of warning-track shots by Cody Simpson, the Rebels teed off on the Wolfpack’s pitching.
‘Cody’s been hitting the ball well. He’s really driving the ball,’ Tremain said. ‘He’s hitting the ball right at people. He’s just had his share of bad breaks so far.’
As for his own twirler, Tremain said the effort turned in by McRae was solid.
‘McRae pitched a good game and was able to get out of some jams, which was nice to see.
‘You never like to see them get into those situations, but if they do, you like to see them wiggle their way out of it and Chad did that today,’ Tremain said.
The Rebels take on Christian Academy of Indiana on Thursday, then have a Southern Athletic Conference tilt against Borden at 10 a.m. on Saturday. South stays in league play when it travels to New Washington on Monday.
The Eagles will swap home and away games this week as they host Eastern today at 4:30, then are on the road at Henryville on Thursday, then return home FRiday for a battle against Orleans.
After that schedule is complete, Lanesville is off until next Wednesday when it travels to New Washington in a SAC affair.