Hassfurther completes gemApril 29, 2013
From Herald Staff Reports
Forest Park baseball coach Jarred Howard acknowledges his team has lacked pitching depth all season. Help may be on the way.
Alec Hassfurther fired a perfect game Saturday, when Forest Park clipped Springs Valley 13-0 in a five-inning contest at French Lick.
Hassfurther (1-1) struck out six as the junior collected his first varsity victory.
“He got ahead of hitters and he was able to throw a couple different pitches for strikes,” Howard said. “He just kept beating the strike zone with his fastball and he did a great job.”
Forest Park (8-7) scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third, five in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Trent Bayer led Forest Park by going 2-for-3 and driving in three runs, and Hassfurther and Ben Wendholt each finished with two RBIs.
Forest Park finished with nine hits, while Springs Valley (6-7) also committed three errors.
Hassfurther became the fifth Ranger to win a game this season, with his only other decision coming in an 11-0, five-inning loss to Daviess County (Ky.) on April 13.
“We haven’t had enough arms to go around and Alec gives us another pitcher we can throw out there,” Howard said. “Alec has struggled a little bit and this gives him confidence.”
“Going into Saturday, when I was pitching I had never been that consistent being able to get the first-pitch strikes,” Hassfurther added. “I’m hoping I know what I can do now and I have more control, so I’ll be able to look back and do the same thing I did Saturday.”
Bedford North Lawrence Invitational: No. 9 Jasper (314) finished second in the 18-team field at Otis Park, behind only top-ranked Columbus North (296).
Will Seger and Dru Hein each fired a 77 to lead the Wildcats, as Cam Weyer added a 79 and Jacob Bartley contributed an 81.
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