Shawe’s David Grote (10) slides into second base ahead of the tag of Austin’s Dalton McIntosh. Madison and Austin both won two games and will play in the MCIT finals tonight.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Shawe’s David Grote (10) slides into second base ahead of the tag of Austin’s Dalton McIntosh. Madison and Austin both won two games and will play in the MCIT finals tonight.

Austin starting pitcher Aaron McIntosh threw a complete game no-hitter and struck out 13 in the process as the Eagles beat Southwestern 8-1 in the opening round of the Madison Courier Invitational Tournament on Friday.

But while McIntosh stifled the Rebel offense, Southwestern didn't help themselves in the field, committing five errors that turned into four unearned runs for Austin.

"Absolutely, mistakes were a huge part of the game," Southwestern coach Derik Hutton said.

Austin struck first in the top of the first inning to deliver the opening blow. Aaron McIntosh hit a stand-up double to lead off the inning and would later score on a bases loaded walk drawn by Dakota McIntosh. The following at-bat, Hunter Spencer scored on a throwing error by Southwestern catcher Tristan Embs.

Kameron Mace capped off the scoring, hitting an RBI single to score Michael Buchanan and give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Both teams scored in the fourth inning. After Dakota Stashke reached on an error for Austin, Aaron McIntosh scored him on a single to make it 4-0. McIntosh then scored on the next at-bat when Slater Bowling hit an RBI double. Bowling himself later scored on a passed ball to make it 6-0.

The Rebels responded in the bottom of the fourth. Caleb Rogers walked to lead off the Southwestern part of the inning and then reached third base after a passed ball and an Austin error. With one out and Rogers on third, Adam Jackson grounded out to third but it was enough to give the Rebels a run and cut the lead down to 6-1.

The final scoring in the game took place in the top of the fifth by Austin. Dalton McIntosh and Mace both reached base and scored as a result of an error for the eventual final score of 8-1.

Despite the eight runs scored by the winning team, the Eagles only managed four hits against solid Southwestern pitching.

"I thought our pitchers did a great job tonight." Hutton said. "Unfortunately our defense couldn't back them up when our pitchers needed it."

Brad Sims took the loss for the Rebels, throwing the first four innings. Sims gave up six runs, of which only four were earned on four hits while striking out seven.

Tristan Embs pitched the final three innings, giving up two runs, both earned, and struck out two.

Austin 10, Shawe 3

In the night cap at Shawe, Austin came away with their second win of the night, defeating the host Hilltoppers 10-3 in semifinal action.

While the Eagles were able to capitalize on fielding errors in the first game, the second game saw Austin have more success capitalizing on Hilltopper pitching woes.

Shawe (4-5) saw three of their top pitchers struggle to find the strike zone, walking 13 Austin batters and throwing a combined total of 11 passed balls and wild pitches.

After a 1-2-3 top of the first, the Hilltoppers struck quick in the bottom of the first. After David Grote and Luke Higgins reached base on back to back walks, Taylor Rhoten grounded out to first base that led to Eagle first baseman Hunter Spencer and catcher Kameron Mace commit throwing errors that would score Grote and Higgins giving Shawe the early 2-0 lead.

Austin (5-6) though came right back in the top of the second. Michael Buchanan and James Stacey were walked and later scored on a RBI single by Dalton McIntosh and a throwing error by pitcher Luke Higgins respectively to tie the game at 2-2.

The Eagles then added two more runs when McIntosh and later Trent McClellan both scored on passed balls, giving Austin a 4-2 lead.

Austin then added on a run each in the third and fourth innings. Buchanan scored on a passed ball in the third while McIntosh singled in the fourth and later rounded the bases on a Shawe error and passed ball pushing the lead out to 6-2.

The Eagles lead continued to creep up in the fifth as the Hilltoppers continued to make mistakes. Dalton McIntosh was hit by relief pitcher Kyle Daugherty and scored on a fielding error and pinch hitter Jake Lay reached on another error and scored when Daugherty balked. Austin led 8-1.

Shawe finally was able to generate a little scoring in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Kaelan Jines reached on a fielder's choice and scored from third two batters later when Jordan Chandler hit an RBI sacrifice fly to cut down on the deficit, 8-3.

Austin finally put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh, adding on their last two runs to the scoreboard. Jordan Baxter and Josh Helton had back-to-back hits and both scores on RBIs by Aaron McIntosh and Bowling for the final score of 10-3.

Buchanan picked up the victory on the mound for the Eagles. The senior pitched six innings, giving up three runs - one earned - on only two hits while striking out seven.

Luke Higgins was tagged with the loss for Shawe. Higgins only managed to go two innings, giving up four runs - one earned - on only one hit and striking out three.


Friday, April 19

at Madison's Gary O'Neal Field


MADISON (3-8) 131 202 6 - 15 12 1

CARROLL CO. (9-9) 100 000 2 - 3 6 5

Madison - Thurston, Anderson and Kleopfer. Carroll Co. - Boles, Osborne and Dunn, Beckham. W - Thurston (2-1). L - Boles (0-3). 2B - Kleopfer (M) (2), Dunn (CC), Boles (CC). 3B - Leach.


SOUTH CENTRAL (8-1) 000 020 0 - 2 4 1

MADISON (4-8) 102 011 x - 5 6 6

South Central - Bosten and S. Ray. Madison - Vaughn and Kleopfer. W - Vaughn (2-0). L - Bosten (4-1). 2B - Kleopfer (M), Vaughn (M) (2), Leach (M).

at Shawe/Post 9 Field


AUSTIN (4-6) 300 320 0 - 8 4 3

SOUTHWESTERN (3-5) 000 100 0 - 1 0 5

Austin - A. McIntosh and Mace. Southwestern - Sims, Embs and Embs, O'Neal. W - A. McIntosh. L - Sims. 2B - A. McIntosh ( A), Bowling (A).


AUSTIN (5-6) 041 120 2 - 10 5 5

SHAWE (4-5) 200 010 0 - 3 2 5

Austin - Buchanan, Stashke and Mace. Shawe - Higgins, Daugherty, Chandler and Rhoten, Ball. W - Buchanan. L - Higgins. 2B - Helton (A), Bowling (A).
36th Madison Courier

Invitational Baseball TOuRNEY

Friday at Shawe's Post 9 Field

Austin 8, Southwestern 1

Austin 10, Shawe 3

Friday at Madison's Gary O'Neal Field

Madison 15, Carroll Co. 3

Madison 5, South Central 2

Today at Shawe's Post 9 Field

Game 5 - Southwestern vs. South Central, 11 a.m.

Third Place

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 1 p.m.

Today at Madison's Gary O'Neal Field

Game 6 - Carroll Co. vs. Shame, 11 a.m.


Austin vs. Madison, 1 p.m.