13-run inning powers Panthers
The lack of an operating scoreboard Monday at Borden had players in the Corydon Central dugout wondering how many runs they scored in the third inning.
After all, the first 10 batters reached base for the Panthers in the third. When Class 1A No. 10 Borden finally recorded the third and final out of the lengthy half inning, Corydon Central brought 17 to the plate. In all, 13 runs scored, prompting a 17-3 lead.
The red-hot bats more than made up for the brisk, cold, windy conditions at Borden, setting up a season opening 19-5 Panthers’ victory in five innings.
‘We had a simple approach resulting in hard-hit balls,’ Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes said. ‘Many resulted in hits or errors. We also did a good job battling with two strikes. I’m not sure how many hits we had with two strikes, but I think we had several.’
Nine batters, beginning with Adam Yeager, scored in succession to begin the lopsided third inning.
Yeager drew a lead-off walk then moved to third on a pinch hit Logan Murphy single to left. Dylan Summers, who had two doubles and four RBIs, brought both runners home with a fly to left. The hit, like a few sent up to the howling winds, prompted trouble for the Borden fielders.
Jonathan Mattingly slapped an opposite field hit, then Logan Daily drew a walk.
Three straight singles found spots to bring in additional runs. Jordan Ripperdan smashed a come-backer off relief pitcher Caleb Hart’s glove. Braydon Beauchamp laced a single through the drawn-in infield to plate two. Out of the lead-off spot, Beauchamp drove in five runs, going 3 for 4. All five RBIs came in the third.
Adding an RBI to his day, Clayton Schreck saw a single fall after the air troubled another Borden attempt in the outfield.
Scoring two runs, Alec Saulman reached on an infield error. The run of batters reaching came to a close when Yeager singled to center.
Hart was finally able to get an out when Murphy grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Adding to the total later in the frame was Mattingly with a single and Beauchamp tripled to right.
‘We carried over what we had been doing in practice,’ Sipes said. ‘We kept a simple approach. Our guys didn’t get mad when they hit ground balls. Hit the ball hard, good things happen. That’s not going to work 100 percent of the time, but these guys keep believing. Today was a good start.’
Up and down the lineup, all nine slots scored at least one run.
While Beauchamp had a three-hit day, Gabe Fleace and Yeager reached base in each of their at bats. Yeager was 2 for 2 with a pair of singles and two walks. Fleace had two singles in as many plate appearances.
Summers and Mattingly also had two hits apiece.
While the final score was lopsided, the Panthers had to briefly play from behind. Borden was the designated home team (hosting the game while Corydon Central waits for completion of infield resurfacing) and scored two runs quickly.
Two-hitter Lucas McNew belted a home run to left, plating lead-off batter Hart.
Borden put two more runners on against Yeager, but the righty limited the scoring by recording two punch outs and a ground out.
Corydon Central took advantage of two Braves’ errors to even the score. Schreck reached on an error then came around when Saulman reached on a single. A throwing error allowed Schreck to come home.
Fleace loaded the bases with a bloop single, setting up a two-run double off the bat of Summers. The shot over the left fielder’s glove prompted a 4-2 Corydon Central lead.
Borden added a run in the third when McNew led off with a single. After swiping second, McNew scored on a Cory Anderson single.
Anderson eventually made his way to third but was cut down at home aggressively trying to score on a wild pitch. Panthers’ catcher Saulman flipped to Yeager for the out.
Yeager completed three innings for the win, striking out four. Fleace tossed two innings of relief, striking out one.
‘I was really proud of our pitchers,’ Sipes said. ‘Yeager didn’t have his best stuff, giving up the two-run homer. He didn’t let it get to him. He battled back against the elements. Gabe was the same way. He didn’t have the control he’s shown in practice, but we played defense behind him when he settled down.’
Brandon Thompson took the loss for Borden, lasting two-plus innings. McNew reached in each of his three plate appearances, 2 for 2 with a walk.
With a busy week, seven games in six days, Sipes was pleased with the start.
‘Very pleased carrying the stuff we worked on in practice and getting up for game one,’ he said. ‘It’s easy to get up for game one, but can we do that for games two and three?’
Borden 201 20 ‘ 5 8 5
Corydon Central 40(13) 2x ‘ 19 16 1
W ‘ A. Yeager, L ‘ B. Thompson.
2B ‘ D. Summers 2 (CC), A. Yeager (CC); 3B ‘ B. Beauchamp (CC); HR ‘ L. McNew (B).