Rebels pound out 15 hits, drop Lanesville
South Central came out swinging against rival Lanesville in baseball action last Wednesday.
The Rebels pounded out 15 hits en route to a 13-1 win at Lanesville, backed by a nine-run fourth inning.
‘Our approach has to be staying back on the ball and hitting it deep in the zone,’ South Central coach Nick Tremain said. ‘When the ball is put in play, good things can happen. Our goal is to put it in play and, for most part, up and down the line-up, guys did that today.’
South Central pitcher Matt Veith cruised through the first three innings on the mound by not allowing an Eagle runner to reach.
Offensively, the Rebels had their pitcher’s back.
In the third inning, South Central collected four hits among its first five batters. Lucas West was sacrificed to second via an Austin Kneer bunt. Kneer was followed by infield hits from Jordan Yale and Spencer Ray. A two-run triple off the bat of Jason Boston cleared the bases, giving the Rebels a 3-0 lead.
The game was blown open in the fourth inning. Four Lanesville errors, along with eight South Central hits, led to nine runs.
Mark O’Connor, Alex Wiseman and West had two hits each in the inning. O’Connor and West had RBI doubles in their second at-bats. Josh Sams and Boston also contributed doubles in the frame.
‘We put the ball on the ground in the early innings for some infield hits,’ Tremain said. ‘After that, some guys were able to see the ball and hit gaps.’
‘South hit some balls that found gaps on us,’ Lanesville coach Sean Smith said. ‘If we make plays earlier in some innings, we wouldn’t find ourselves down 13 runs. Instead, we can keep it a four- or five-run game and give ourselves a shot.’
Devon Fonda, Caleb Caldwell and Aaron Borders were the lone Eagles to get hits. Fonda provided the Eagles’ lone run with a solo homer to centerfield in the fifth inning. Caldwell, who took the loss on the mound, led off the fourth inning with a double but was stranded.
‘I was disappointed with our lack of effort and enthusiasm,’ Smith said. ‘We finally get a game in, and it’s against our conference rival, and we didn’t show up mentally. Veith threw well for them. Our guys said he had a good slider working. In the end, if we make plays, it is a closer game.’
Veith had seven strikeouts in the five-inning win.
‘Veith was really efficient,’ Tremain said. ‘At one point, he was throwing 80 percent strikes. His strength is throwing strikes and keeping the ball down by changing speeds. He attacks the zone and trusts his guys to make plays. We’ve come a long way since early in the season in the field. We allow our pitchers to worry about making pitches knowing they can field the ball.’
On Saturday, Lanesville will travel to Corydon Central for an 11 a.m. doubleheader while South Central will participate in the Crawford County Invitational.