Pitching leads Corydon past visiting Yale
The Corydon Central baseball team’s offense put on a show April 7 at Perry Central, posting a nine-hit, five-inning, 13-2 victory over the Commodores.
The follow-up came Thursday, when the Panthers used a couple of flashy defensive plays and a steady pitching performance from Cody Arnold to defeat Yale (Mich.), 3-1.
‘Starting pitching was impressive today,’ Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes said. ‘Cody has started two games and is 1-1 and, most importantly, was able to go the distance. He is in better shape this year. Last year, we would get three good innings out of him, but now, he is able to go seven.’
Arnold struck out five Yale hitters while giving up four hits and one walk. The one run he gave up was unearned in the first inning. Yale’s Tommy Margaret reached on an error and was plated by Tevin Hunter’s double in the right centerfield gap.
‘Cody made just one mistake but settled in after that,’ Sipes said.
Corydon Central scored early on the visiting team from the Lake Huron area. Jake Carnley and Tyler Shewmaker reached base on a walk and error, respectively, to start. After Carnley scored on a wild pitch, Arnold helped his case for the win by plating Shewmaker with a single.
Up 2-1, the Panthers added another run in the second inning. Carnley legged out a triple after his ball traveled to the right centerfield gap. He crossed the plate via a Shewmaker single.
‘We came out against Perry Central and really hit the ball hard,’ Sipes said. ‘Yale’s pitcher was tough, but we had good, timely hits to get the lead back.’
Southpaw Pat Girardi pitched all six innings for Yale, striking out nine while giving up four hits.
The Corydon Central defense also played well: Shewmaker threw out an attempted base stealer, Tyler Stark made a sliding catch in right field and third baseman Michael McCarty made several key plays. The Panthers also turned a double play when Jeremiah Windell snagged a line drive at second base and doubled off Margaret at first.
‘I’m really proud of how a few younger guys played. We had an issue before the game and started a few different people,’ Sipes said. ‘For the first time in several years, we have a deep bench and McCarty was one who stepped up today and made some plays.’
Corydon Central scored two additional wins Saturday when the Panthers swept a double header from visiting Henryville, 4-2, 7-1.
Yale visits Lanesville, North Harrison
Lanesville faced visiting Yale last Wednesday and recorded a 5-4 win under the lights. Eagle pitcher Caleb Caldwell scored his second win of the season.
The Lanesville offense was keyed by a Joel Ferree home run. The win pushed Lanesville’s record to 4-0.
The Eagles then picked up their fifth win when they downed visiting Tri-County (Mich.) on Thursday. Two runs in the second inning was enough to defeat Tri-County, 2-1. Jordan Sizemore scored the win for the Eagles.
Lanesville is currently 6-1 on the season.
North Harrison dropped its game against Yale, 11-10, on Friday.