Baseball at Midweek
J. C. Tilton
Due to an early deadline we had to cover games from the first half of the week. Here is a recap of Dixie's and South's progress to date. South traveled to Dixie on Monday for a neighborly game. Dixie played even with the Panthers for 3 innings. But in the fourth inning the game began to become unraveled for Dixie. With two outs and two runners on base, the second baseman and right fielder collided on a bloop hit to allow the base runners to score. Another run would be scored before the final out of the inning. From there South continued to do damage ringing up a total of nine runs for the game, while Dixie could only answer with another run in the 5th.
South Starter Devin Eisenhour got the win. He did allow 6 hits, but the stingy South defense only gave up the two runs with no errors. Wes Rehmert had a good night on offense scoring three runs for the Panthers on two hits and a walk. Matt Wentlender had the Panthers only extra base hit - a double. Steve Summers pitched in relief for two innings - not allowing any runs. For Dixie, Jared Crowe had the start with Kevin McBain throwing in relief. Dixie scoring: Curtis Tuttle doubled and was hit in by Vires. Worley got a basehit and was driven in by Kevin McBain.
“I thought our pitchers did a real nice job - Devin Eisenhour a sophomore who doesn't pitch much threw real well,” commented South's Coach Wright, “And we played defense. We didn't hit the ball as much as we would have liked, but we got hits when they counted. Our number two guy, Steve Summers, closed us out. I was impressed with Devin and the way that we fielded for him.” Next I asked about the season to date. South was just a little over .500, but at the time this story goes to the paper they have a 4 game win streak - and only one conference loss. “We are tied for the top with the North loss. We made some changes, moved some guys around a little bit. We are starting to find ourselves, we have a lot of new guys playing.
“It started out well for us.” Stated coach Bingham, “After the fielding error we seemed to get down and it snowballed from there. Jared Crowe threw a good game thru 5 innings.” I asked about Curtis Tuttle who seems like he has a knack for hitting for extra bases, ”It is all or nothing with him. He will get a big double or a big home run one night, then go for zero the next.” Finally Coach Bingham did concede that the team might still be shaking off the effects of the long trip the team just completed. ”We spent spring break in Florida working on fundamentals, they still may be tired from the long week.”
South continued their winning ways against Franklin Monroe. Wes Rehmert threw shutout ball and the South bats did the rest - run ruling the Jets 11-0. Brad Oney lead the hitting for the Panthers with a double and a single. Dixie rebounded from Monday's game with a win the next night over Northridge 10-3. Freshman pitcher Aaron Bingham had the win and Tuttle lead the way at the plate with 5 RBI's from 2 doubles. Comments: email: Chris Tilton