Fourth-inning surge leads to SC’s first SAC win
A random thunderstorm April 5 prevented the South Central baseball team from playing Charlestown, despite the Rebels making the bus trip to Pirate country. The following day, with gusty wind conditions, the Rebels put together a 5-inning, 13-1 Southern Athletic Conference victory over Crothersville in Elizabeth.
Crothersville picked up its lone run in the first inning to take a one-run lead. Jarrod Royalty, who finished with two of the Tigers’ three hits, led off with an infield single. He was eventually plated by Cameron Royalty’s single.
Rallying back, the Rebels plated three runs in the second inning. Alex Wiseman hit an RBI double, plating Spencer Ray. Wiseman eventually scored when Josh Sams hit a single with two outs. Jordan Yale finished the inning off when he hit a double, scoring Sams, and giving South Central a 3-1 edge.
On the mound, starting pitcher Chip Hockenbury cruised after the first inning. He gave up three hits and struck out seven during four innings for the win. Jason Boston pitched one inning of relief, charting two strikeouts.
The Rebel offense had the back of the pitching staff when 16 South Central batters went to the plate in the fourth inning. The end result was a 10-run inning to put the game away.
‘We did a good job of showing discipline at the plate,’ South Central coach Nick Tremain said. ‘We were able to draw several walks and get some timely hits.’
Matt Fox, Boston, Sams and Ray accounted for the only four hits of the inning. Crothersville walked six and hit one batter during the lengthy inning.
Sams finished the game with two hits and scored three times. Wiseman also had two hits.
Jake Mullins took the loss for Crothersville.
‘It was good to start off the conference season with a win,’ Tremain said.
On Saturday, the Rebels swept a double header against South Decatur. South Central gave up just one run during both games.
In game one, Hockenbury went the distance, striking out nine in seven innings for a 5-1 victory. Hockenbury is 3-0 on the season.
In game two, Matt Veith made his varsity debut on the mound and scored the win. He struck out nine in a 10-0 five-inning game. Veith also helped his cause by hitting a solo home run.
South Central travels to Cannelton tomorrow (Thursday) and to Whitefield Academy (Ky.) on Saturday.