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Wheatley, Embs deliver in 3-0 upset of Shiners
Courier Sports Staff
Thursday, May 08, 2014 11:00 AM
THE DELIVERY: Madison’s Ethan Leach pitches during the Cubs’ 9-1 loss at Providence on Wednesday. (Christopher Fryer/News and Tribune)
Tryston Wheatley came up big in the sixth inning and Tristan Embs delivered on the mound as Southwestern upset Class A No. 6 Rising Sun 3-0 in an Ohio River Valley Conference baseball clash Thursday in Hanover.
Rising Sun (13-3, 7-2 ORVC) entered the game tied for first in the ORVC with Jac-Cen-Del. The Shiners are now tied for second in the conference with Switzerland County.
Southwestern, picking up just its second win in the ORVC and fourth overall on the season, sits in a fifth place tie with Milan.
The two teams remained scoreless through five and half innings before Southwestern came through in the bottom of the sixth. With two runners on, Wheatley drove in the go-ahead score plus one more off of Rising Sun ace Mitchell Morris and the Rebels followed with an RBI single by Jacob Adcock.
Embs, who had kept the visitors at bay the entire evening, mowed through the Shiners in the top of the seventh to close out the win and secure Southwestern's 3-0 shocker.
Adcock led Southwestern with two hits including his RBI in the sixth inning. Wheatley's single in the same inning was his only hit in the game but his two RBIs were a team-high.
Embs, Matthew Schwartz and Alex Marian each scored a run.
Ryan Dugan, Austin Armstrong, Brady Murray, Cody Weaver and Levi Purvis had a hit each for Rising Sun, none of which went for extra bases.
Embs' complete game shutout earned him the pitching victory. The senior walked two and struck out three.
Morris was tagged with the loss, allowing all three runs - two earned - on six hits while walking three and striking out six.
Southwestern (4-12, 2-5 ORVC) hosts first place Jac-Cen-Del on Friday.
Switzerland blanks South Ripley 8-0 on combined one-hitter
Switzerland County baseball grabbed its fifth Ohio River Valley Conference win of the season with an 8-0 victory over South Ripley on Wednesday in Versailles.
The Pacers led 2-0 through six innings before exploding for six runs in the top of the seventh to pull away for the win.
The Pacers' pitching duo of Bob Tressler and Kyle Konkle combined for a one-hit shutout in the game. Tressler picked up the victory after five excellent innings of work before Konkle came in for the final two frames.
Switzerland County (11-5, 5-2 ORVC) travels to Rising Sun on Friday for an important ORVC game. The two teams are currently tied for second place in the conference.
Young 'Toppers no match for veteran Eagles, 29-0
Shawe baseball's youth and inexperience was no match for a veteran Jac-Cen-Del team on Wednesday as the Hilltoppers fell to the Eagles 29-0 in an Ohio River Valley Conference game in Osgood.
The Hilltoppers threatened immediately with a pair of base runners in the top of the first inning but failed to capitalize.
Jac-Cen-Del responded with a barrage of hits in the bottom of the inning to score five runs and then took advantage of several miscues in the bottom of the second to push across 14 more runs and lead 19-0.
The Eagles' assault continued for two more innings, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third and seven in the bottom of the fourth before ending the game by 10-run rule in the fifth inning.
"I was embarrassed and the kids were embarrassed," Shawe head coach Matt Forner said. "It was just a terrible game. Any time a struggling team plays bad it's not going to be good."
Shawe was held to just three hits as Zach Brooks had a double and Brad Koehler and Kaelan Jines each had singles.
Brooks started the game on the mound and was tagged with the loss despite a solid effort according to Forner.
"It was the best he's pitched all season," Forner said of Brooks. "He didn't issue any walks and threw strikes. Unfortunately we just couldn't back him up when he needed us."
Shawe (0-13, 0-8 ORVC) visits Crothersville on Friday.
Cubs struggle for offense in 9-1 loss at Porvidence
Madison baseball found offense hard to come by on Wednesday evening in a 9-1 setback at Providence.
After scoring 15 runs on Tuesday night in a win over Scottsburg, Madison managed just three hits against the Pioneers as the Cubs' overall record dipped below the .500 mark.
Madison (8-9) visits Jennings County Friday.
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