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Squeeze play ends Corydon’s season

Squeeze play ends Corydon’s season
Squeeze play ends Corydon’s season
Corydon CentralÂ’s Dalton Arnold attempts to catch a ground ball while Silver CreekÂ’s Matt Hawn tries to get to second base. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The Corydon Central baseball team saw a heart-breaking end to the season Saturday at the Class 3A Silver Creek Sectional at the hands of the host school.
On a blistering hot Saturday in Sellersburg, the Panthers carried a 7-4 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh. Silver Creek figured out a way to tie the ballgame and eventually plated the winning run on a squeeze play in a game that lasted 3 hours, 16 minutes.
With Cameron Cook pinch running at third, he broke for home as Lucas Barnett sent a firm bunt toward Corydon Central pitcher Chase Burton. His toss to home came as Cook was sliding in, sending the Dragons to celebration and the Panthers into despair.
‘Silver Creek had the momentum scoring two runs then had runners in scoring position with one out (and) took the chance,’ said Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes. ‘It’s a hard play to defend when it’s executed.’
Silver Creek put the first two runners on via a hit batter and a walk. Run-scoring singles by Luke McIntyre and Layne Taylor allowed the Dragons to tie the game at 7.
Once Corydon Central scored first in the third inning, the Panthers never allowed Silver Creek to lead until the end.
The teams matched each other run for run through the fourth inning until Corydon Central broke through with four in the fifth.
Jeremiah Windell started a string of five consecutive hits for the Panthers. Mitch Akers, Burton and Aaron Arnold chimed in. Arnold’s shot down the right-field line plated two. He was followed by a bases-clearing double by Michael McCarty to press Corydon Central ahead 6-2.
Corydon Central avoided a possible big inning from the Dragons in the fifth. The Dragons loaded the bases via walks and a hit batter for McIntyre, but Burton was able to strike him out to end the inning.
Silver Creek used an error and a walk to inch closer in the sixth inning. Shae Durham hit a two-out single to plate two. Burton closed the inning by striking out Jacob Armstrong, which set off fireworks from the Silver Creek coach’s box. Coach Joe Decker was animate while disputing the call, to no avail.
Windell added Corydon Central’s seventh run when he slid in safely under the tag after being caught in a pickle between third and home.
Burton went the distance, striking out 10.
‘Chase did get hot and tired, but he is 9-1 and proving he is a big game pitcher,’ Sipes said. ‘I went out a second time in the seventh inning to see if he had any in the tank, and he said he did. We really wanted to win with him.’
Overall, the Panthers were able to out-hit the Dragons, 10-8, but couldn’t close the deal.
The Panthers (20-7) lose six to graduation: Tyler Shewmaker, Jon Smith, Andrew Yeager, Greg Carver, Windell and McCarty.
‘This senior class won a sectional in 2010 and conference titles in 2010 and 2012, so they have put their stamp on the program,’ Sipes said. ‘Now, it’s up to the underclassmen to follow up where they left off.”