Pair of TC homers upend Rebels
Rain prevented the initial plans for a reunion of South Central’s six sectional champions ” spanning from 2005 through 2014 ” but the rescheduled event Monday brought back the current and former players.
Drops of rain fell during the player introductions as the group made its way to the first-base line to be recognized by fans. South Central coach Brian McKnight said he was happy to have the former players back and that many stayed for the varsity contest versus visiting Tell City.
‘I’m glad they were able to stick around for the game,’ he said. ‘I was able to show (the current players) this is it and we are all in this together. You can point to them and show how they are successful. It gives our guys players to look up to. Some haven’t tasted that success yet. We’re trying to show them the hard work eventually pays off.’
The former players greeted the 2017 crop after falling to the Marksmen 4-1.
All of Tell City’s RBIs came way of home runs, while South Central had trouble pushing across scoring chances.
‘We couldn’t get our guys across,’ McKnight said. ‘We’d look at a good pitch and not go after it. It’s frustrating at times, but we will figure it out. We are getting better because we’re putting runners in scoring position. Now, we have to figure out how to get them across the plate.’
Travis Burchett wasted no time putting the game’s first run on the board. As the first batter of the contest, Burchett sent the first pitch high in the air, clearing left fielder Ben Wibbels and the fence.
Joe Logsdon nearly had the game tied in the bottom half when his fly ball was caught near the left-field fence.
One of the best chances for South Central came in the bottom of the second inning when Wyatt Crosier and Wibbels collected consecutive singles. Crosier eventually advanced to third with a stolen base before Tell City pitcher Ryan Morgan retired the final two outs.
Tell City extended its lead to 4-0 with a 3-run homer off the bat of Nick Smith in the third inning. Burchett and Preston Hendershot reached early in the frame on a hit by pitch and walk, respectively.
‘He hit it pretty good,’ McKnight said. ‘Austin (Schoen) made two bad pitches. The second home run was a good pitch, and he just hit it.’
Outside of the third, Schoen put in an effective outing. He gave up seven hits and struck out five during six innings. Zach Needler pitched an inning of relief, striking out a pair of Marksmen.
‘Austin threw really well,’ McKnight said. ‘We need to find the right places to get Zach some innings, too. He won at West Washington for us.’
Austin Tyree came across the plate for South Central’s lone run in the fourth. He led off with a single, then Brandon Summers reached on a bunt hit. Summers returned to the game after temporarily exiting after being hit with a ball on a pick-off play in the field.
Austin Schoen moved Tyree and Summers into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Logsdon drew one of his two walks to load the bases.
Lucas Veith sent a sac fly to center, bringing in Tyree for the run. South Central loaded the bases again when Crosier reached on an infield hit, but the Rebels couldn’t add more runs.
‘I can’t complain too much because we hit the ball hard,’ McKnight said. ‘Most of the time they were right at somebody. They will find holes eventually.’
Morgan went the distance on the hill for Tell City, striking out four. The Rebels were able to muster five hits overall.
During the final four innings, South Central had three base runners, two by way of walks.
South Central also had a few defensive gems as well. To go with Logsdon’s outfield assist, second baseman Tyree made a play in the hole to end the seventh. It was an error-less game for South Central.
‘He’s probably the most talkative kid we have out there,’ McKnight said of Tyree. ‘He enjoys the game and has fun. He’s developed into a solid second baseman with things still to learn. Our defense on the whole is getting better. We made the plays, but they had a few good hits.’
Smith led the Marksmen’s offense with a 3-for-3 day, driving in three runs with the homer.
South Central, with nine games slated during the final two weeks of the regular season, will head to North Harrison today (Wednesday).
Tell City 103 000 0 ‘ 4 8 2
South Central 001 000 0 ‘ 1 5 0
W ‘ Morgan, L ‘ A. Schoen.
HR ‘ Burchett (TC), Smith (TC).