Pitching lifts Corydon to third straight victory
The Corydon Central baseball team jumped back on the winning track during the weekend and Monday with three wins.
On Saturday, the Panthers swept a doubleheader at county-rival South Central with 10-4 and 5-2 victories.
Bouncing back Monday, the Panthers defeated Mid-Southern Conference opponent Austin in Corydon, 6-2.
‘Versus South Central, we put up 20 hits over two games,’ Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes said. ‘Not all of them were hard hit balls, but balls were hit hard on the ground or on a line. We haven’t had as many home runs, but Lucas had a big one today (against Austin).’
Austin put runs on the board early with scores in the first and third innings. Both runs came across via wild pitches.
Corydon Central later settled in and found ways to score from the third inning on. Chase Burton led the third inning with a single and, after stealing second, eventually scored on a Lucas Windell single.
Windell would tie the game in the frame when he scored on a wild pitch.
Tyler Jones gave the Panthers the lead in the fourth inning when he came around to score after being hit by a pitch. He was plated by an Andrew Yeager single.
On the hill, Burton turned in a complete game outing for the Panthers.
‘Today was a day Chase pitched really well,’ Sipes said. ‘He had two walks early, but, after that, he didn’t allow a free base. We continue to preach to our pitchers to not walk guys and allow opponents to put the ball in play.’
Burton finished with seven strikeouts and two walks while giving up four hits.
‘In our two losses in conference play, our offense only put up an average of two runs,’ Sipes said. ‘Today, our guys put up six and it allowed Chase to relax. And, to me, he pitched his best game of the year.’
In the fifth, Jeremiah Windell belted a solo home run to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead. Two additional runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning when Burton collected his second hit, a run-scoring double.
Corydon Central will host Salem at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday).