Runs not a problem in SC rout of Borden
A year ago, it took 15 innings to decide the winner between South Central and Borden in the Class A baseball sectional.
This time around, it was a different story in the semi-finals, as South Central walloped Borden, 19-0, in Elizabeth Saturday.
‘We were able to hit the ball throughout the game,’ South Central coach Nick Tremain said. ‘We are hitting the ball the way we want this time of year.’
South Central scored in the first inning on a Micah Decker solo home run and an Elliot Thompson single. Corey Dennison connected on South Central’s second home run of the game, when he belted a shot in the second inning.
In the third inning, the floodgates opened. South Central benefited from three Borden errors and two walks to score seven runs and take a commanding 10-0 lead.
Providing hits during the third inning were Decker with two and one each from Joe Metcalf and Josh Sams.
Borden put up its best shot in the fourth inning with singles from Dylan Martin and Ethan Little. However, Borden stranded three runners in the inning.
The fourth inning was much like the third for South Central. Borden went through three pitchers as the Rebels added nine runs to the scoreboard. Dennison, Travis Higdon and Decker each had RBI singles in the inning. The big inning was capped by Wes Hedden hitting a grand slam to put the Rebels up 19-0.
‘We hit the ball from the start,’ Tremain said. ‘We came out and had good at bats. (Borden’s Kyle) Craig had a good change up, and we were able to adjust and get our pitch to hit.’
Hockenbury and Metcalf combined for the two-hit shutout with Hockenbury taking the victory.
‘We feel pretty good because we have everyone on our staff ready for Tuesday night,’ Tremain said. ‘We got everyone some work, but no one has thrown that much.’
The coach was most pleased with how his team put the ball in play.
‘We’ve been trying to cut down on strikeouts,’ he said. ‘I tell the guys, that’s what happens when you put the ball in play, and we made things happen this way. Everybody is starting to make plays in the field. The last few games have been our best defensively. Making our pitchers get just three outs an inning is something that is really going to help us.’
South Central also was able to put in younger players in the final two innings, allowing them to experience a sectional game.
The Rebels moved on to play Christian Academy in the finals yesterday (Tuesday).