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Walk home backs Burton’s 1-hitter; Panthers tie for MSC

Walk home backs Burton’s 1-hitter; Panthers tie for MSC
Walk home backs Burton’s 1-hitter; Panthers tie for MSC
Corydon CentralÂ’s Aaron Arnold takes ball four with the bases loaded to bring in the game-winning run Monday against Mid-Southern Conference-foe Scottsburg under the lights. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Until a bases-loaded full-count situation in the bottom of the seventh Monday night, the lone bit of excitement at the baseball diamond at Corydon Central was on the mound.
Check the line score: Scottsburg one hit and zero errors; Corydon Central one hit, zero errors.
In the bases-loaded situation, Corydon Central’s Aaron Arnold worked a full count and eventually saw the sixth pitch of the at-bat sail outside the zone. Upon trotting to first base, the remainder of the team crowded home plate to congratulate Tyler Shewmaker for scoring the lone run in a 1-0 decision over Scottsburg.
With a share of the Mid-Southern Conference championship on the line, Corydon Central found a way to break through with the game’s first hit to start the seventh inning. Scottsburg pitcher Randy Richey didn’t allow a hit through six, striking out 11 for the game. His fall back: walking nine and hitting one.
Shewmaker broke the no-hit bid with a witty move. The senior catcher laid down a pinpoint bunt that hugged the third-base foul line. He beat out the throw attempt, breaking the ice against Richey.
After striking out Ethan Wright, Richey walked Michael McCarty then punched out Andrew Yeager who fought off several pitches. The next two batters, Jeremiah Windell and Arnold, drew walks for the walk-off victory.
‘Shewmaker has done a lot of great things for us this year,’ said Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes. ‘He’s been great behind the plate handling Chase (Burton) and Mitch (Akers). Today, he came up with the bunt for a base hit. He always has the green light to bunt, and he put down the perfect bunt. I think it caught (Scottsburg) off guard.’
While most of the excitement came in the final half inning, Corydon Central hurler Chase Burton kept the Warriors bats silent. Scottsburg never had a runner advance beyond first base. In fact, Burton picked off would-be base stealer Ben Stivers to end the fifth inning.
Scottsburg had trouble all game against Burton, who recorded a gaudy 15 strikeouts. He punched out the side in sixth and seventh innings. Cameron Collins had the lone hit, a line-drive, two-out single in the third.
The win improved Burton to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in MSC play.
‘Chase was able to throw a lot of strikes early,’ Sipes said. ‘He only walked two but, when he worked ahead, he really attacked the strike zone. He basically did his thing.’
Sipes said they have worked with Burton to cut down on his pitch count and successfully did it against the Warriors offense.
The Panthers finished in a tie for first with Silver Creek at 8-1 in MSC play. North Harrison could also have earned a share of the honor when it played Eastern (Pekin) last night (Tuesday).
Corydon Central improved to 18-4 and will participate in the Stan Sajko Invitational hosted by New Albany on Friday and Saturday. The event features Providence, North Harrison and the host school.

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