Foley stars, Cats win againMay 10, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
JASPER — Whether it was on the mound or at the plate, Monday night belonged to Connor Foley.
The Jasper junior allowed a leadoff single to fellow junior Brayden Malone of Gibson Southern in the top of the first, and that was it. He got the win by working three innings as the Wildcats (17-2) run-ruled the Titans, 12-0.
Yet, him taking the hill wasn’t the full extent of his contributions, as he also went deep for a pair of two-run homers in the bottom of the first and bottom of the third — scoring fellow junior Kody Morton both times. Foley launched his sixth and seventh home runs of the season.
The Titans pitched around him before finishing with the intentional walk his third time at the plate.
“My approach was just to go up there and hit it hard — just go up there and have confidence and have a good mindset at the plate,” Foley said. “It’s all about the approach, I think, and how you view your at-bat.”
“Any time you hit two out of here, one dead center, you’re swinging it right — that’s what I liked,” Jasper coach Terry Gobert said. “He didn’t try to lift it up. I thought he stayed behind the ball and that’s not easy to do. I was happy for him, but I liked his swings.”
The Wildcats had Foley on a pitch count, and he threw 35 pitches as he struck out two and walked none.
Gobert told the Herald that Foley is available for work on the mound Wednesday at Evansville North, Friday at home against Southridge or Saturday at home against Forest Park.
Foley’s performance at the dish led the way, but his teammates had their contributions, too. Morton was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, senior Andrew Wallace scored a couple of runs, junior Ben Henke was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and senior Eli Hopf had a two-run single that began the scoring in the seven-run bottom of the fourth.
The Wildcats also gave work to sophomore Ryan Leuck for his varsity pitching debut.
Leuck issued a one-out walk in the top of the fourth, but worked around that to retire the next five batters he saw, including back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
“I was pretty excited,” Leuck said. “I was just ready to get out there and help my team win.”
Gobert lauded Leuck for how well he’d been pitching for the junior varsity team.
He noted that the sophomore has a good breaking ball and spots his fastball well — and he thought Leuck threw well against Gibson Southern.
It can be a nice moment Tuesday at Ruxer Field as Jasper welcomes rival Vincennes Lincoln. A win would give the Wildcats the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference championship in their first year back in the SIAC.
“Lincoln’s young, but I’ve always seen them come up big against Jasper,” Gobert said. “So, we’ll have our hands full, and hopefully, it’ll mean something to the kids to try to go out there and get that.”
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