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Timely hits lacking for Corydon baseball

Timely hits lacking for Corydon baseball
Timely hits lacking for Corydon baseball
Trying to turn two against Brownstown Central, Corydon Central second baseman Dylan Summers (22) waits to catch a throw from Braydon Beauchamp Thursday. Photo by Brian Smith

Corydon Central’s baseball team scored 12 runs at Eastern (Pekin) three days prior to squaring off against Brownstown Central at home Thursday.
The Panthers, who had scored three total runs in its previous three fixtures before the outburst to defeat the Musketeers, hoped their hitting woes had ceased.
It was the dazzling curve-ball of Austin Green that aided the Brownstown Central defense to hold Corydon Central to a single run Thursday. The Braves benefited from a three-run third inning to score a 6-1 Mid-Southern Conference victory.
‘We’re in a big hit slump,’ Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes said. ‘We’re not getting tons of hits right now.’
The Panthers put runners on base in every inning but two but were only able to scratch a single run in the final frame. Sipes said the team has zoned in on improving defensively in practice, an area which struggled at times the weeks prior. That side of the ball was improved, going the length of the contest sans a fielding error.
‘Our defense has been a problem lately so much of our focus is improving our defense,’ Sipes said. ‘To win a championship, you have to play good defense. The offense will come back around.’
Brownstown Central stranded a pair of runners in the first inning when Adam Yeager struck out a batter for the third out. The next inning, the Braves came up with consecutive two-out singles by Tyler Lawson and Carson Lambring to bring home Green.
Corydon Central attempted to answer the 1-0 deficit with singles from Gabe Fleace and Clayton Schreck. Both, however, were left on base when Green induced a Jonathan Mattingly ground out.
Flashing some nifty leather in center, Jordan Ripperdan took away a hit from Brownstown Central’s Zech Wesley in the third. After two runs already had come across, Ripperdan raced forward on a sharp liner and made a diving catch for the second out.
‘All of our outfielders have been pretty solid this year,’ Sipes said. ‘I truly believe Ripperdan is one of the better centerfielders in all of Southern Indiana. That play kept us in the game. He got a good jump and made the catch.’
Brownstown Central scored before the end of the third to go up 4-0 after a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Ripperdan reached on a hit-by-pitch then moved up a base when Dylan Summers singled to center with one out. The Panthers, however, couldn’t plate a run to cut the Braves’ lead.
The fifth and sixth innings for Corydon Central saw the lead-off batters ‘ Mattingly in the fifth and Alec Saulman in the sixth ‘ reach base. Neither could be brought around the bases.
‘Even though we aren’t hitting the ball right now, the fact is we are facing good pitchers,’ Sipes said. ‘We aren’t going against mediocre guys. It’s something we are trying to battle through.’
Yeager lasted three innings on the hill, giving up four earned runs for Corydon Central. Fleace tossed 2-2/3 relief innings, yielding two runs on four hits. Saulman closed the game with 1-1/3 of scoreless baseball, striking out two.
‘Brownstown has always been a good fastball-hitting team,’ Sipes said. ‘They jumped on Yeager, so we made the switch to Gabe who we feel has better junk pitches. He did great for three innings, then Saulman pitched well, too. Our pitching has been fine; we have to find ways to score more runs.’
Corydon Central’s lone run came in the final inning when Shelby Deaton grounded out on the infield, scoring Schreck from third. Schreck posted a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Green went the distance for Brownstown Central to earn the win. He struck out eight batters, walked one and hit two. The top of Brownstown Central’s order ‘ Lambring, Maxie, Zach McCory and Cole Brock ‘ had at least two hits apiece.
‘Our record is 11-6, but it doesn’t mean a thing because we use our schedule to get ready for sectional,’ Sipes said. ‘There is a reason we schedule Seymour, Bloomington North; we want to face good competition win or lose. We have to compete and get better.’

Brownstown Cent. 013 002 0 ‘ 6 14 2
Corydon Central 000 000 1 ‘ 1 5 0
W ‘ Green, L ‘ Yeager.
2B ‘ McCory (BC).