Red-hot Henryville ousts South Central
South Central’s attempt to bring home consecutive sectional titles came to an abrupt halt at the hands of red-hot Henryville last Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Class A Borden baseball sectional.
The Hornets used a six-run first inning to jump all over the Rebels, eventually pulling away and winning 13-0 in five innings.
‘Before we even got to the bats, we were down 6-0,’ South Central coach Nick Tremain said. ‘We needed to come right back and couldn’t get anything going.’
Starting pitcher Travis Higdon didn’t have his best stuff against Henryville. In the first five batters, the junior walked two and hit two batters. After giving up a two-run double to Kyle Robertson, Tremain made a change.
Wesley Hedden took the hill on short rest. He pitched five innings in the 3-2, 15-inning victory over Borden in the opening game. Against Henryville, he lasted three batters, giving up a sacrifice fly, a double and a single. Joe Metcalf replaced Hedden and got Taylor Stone to fly out, ending the dreadful inning.
‘They got runners on right away and they had a couple big hits that put us in a hole early,’ Tremain said.
Offensively, the Rebels didn’t fire. They managed just one hit off starting pitcher Taylor Stone, a Higdon bunt single.
In the bottom of the first, Stone retired the Rebels in order, then went back to the bat rack. Kenny Harrell and Colton Connon produced a pair of run-scoring singles to extend the Hornet lead to 9-0.
South Central put its first runner on base in the fourth inning with Higdon’s single. John Lopp followed by drawing a walk, but Stone retired the next two batters, ending any threat of extending the game.
‘Since the two times we’ve seen them, they’ve hit the ball everywhere,’ Tremain said of the Hornets. ‘Henryville is just a tough out right now. They are just a hot team that is peaking at the right time.’
The loss was a bit of a let down after the team fought to beat host Borden in 15 innings two days earlier.
‘I’m proud of the way we played the other night, but today was a new game,’ Tremain said. ‘We weren’t able to find any holes. Stone pitched a great game and kept the ball down. We weren’t able to get good swings off him.’
Stone finished with five strikeouts in four innings. Robertson closed out the game by pitching a hitless fifth.
Metcalf also tossed five strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings of work.
‘We started throwing strikes and made plays, but the first couple innings were too much,’ the Rebels coach said.
‘I’m proud of this team,’ Tremain added. ‘We had goals of winning the SAC and got a share of that. We had a goal of winning this sectional, but I can’t be more proud of their effort all year.’
Henryville went on to make short work of Christian Academy in the championship game, defeating the Warriors 10-0 in five innings. The Hornets outscored their opponents 41-3 over three sectional games.
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