It's not quite perfect, but Raiders still enjoy routApril 16, 2013
By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer
HUNTINGBURG — The significance of the bizarre moment wasn’t lost on the entire battery.
The Southridge baseball team collected another big victory Monday evening — a 10-0, five-inning win against Paoli at League Stadium — but just as important was a sequence in the top of the fourth inning that nearly included the ever-so-cool 9-to-3 putout.
Paoli’s Joey Hoffman executed an inside-out swing that resulted in a hit to right field. Only he smacked the ball so hard that Raider right fielder Nathan Tretter, who was playing in, had a shot to nail him at first base.
Southridge first baseman Cody Moesner backpedaled to the bag, awaiting the throw. It sailed a little, allowing Hoffman to reach first safely.
Southridge (5-3) owned a 9-0 advantage so it was anything but a game-changing play. Except for one thing.
“Yeah, you had a perfect game going,” Nordhoff said to Stetter, his cousin.
Stetter didn’t realize that, but Nordhoff, who’s caught Stetter for years growing up, lamented he may have allowed it to slip away.
“I was kind of disappointed in myself,” Nordhoff said. “I called the wrong pitch.”
Nordhoff motioned for an inside fastball, which Stetter offered. Stetter didn’t disagree, saying “I usually know what he’s going to call in certain situations.”
Stetter (1-2), who struck out five in four innings, allowed only that one baserunner. He also permitted only one other ball to leave the infield, a flyout to left field in the second.
“We were able to throw a lot of strikes, get a lot of groundballs,” Stetter said of his and Nordhoff’s approach.
At the plate, the Raiders put this one away early. Tretter and Nordhoff each drove in a run in the first, then Southridge added four more in the second: Stetter and Dillion Ramsey recorded RBI singles, Tretter notched a run-scoring fielder’s choice and Ramsey scored on a throwing error.
Two miscues from Paoli (1-7) in the second contributed to Southridge’s rally.
“Pitchers were throwing strikes, and that usually helps to get hits,” said Nordhoff, whose team collected 10 hits.
In the third, Stetter laced the Raiders’ only extra-base hit, a two-run double, and Guadalupe Perez added an RBI single.
Nordhoff then displayed the Raiders’ new-look trait this year in giving them their 10th run.
He walked with one out, then scored after moving up on three successive wild pitches. Southridge also stole four bases and executed a hit-and-run sequence, with Raider coach Brad Wibbeler saying he’s emphasizing speed more this year than in past seasons.
“Trying to be a lot more so than in the past,” he said of being aggressive on the basepaths. “We can do it this year, we have more team speed, more individual speed. It’s definitely trying to push the issue a little bit more so than we have in the past.”
When Southridge has won this season, it’s been by a lot. Four of the five Raider wins have been by run-rule decisions, and they were coming off a 24-5 drubbing of Perry Central last week.
What stood out to Wibbeler about Monday’s game was his team didn’t let up, scoring in every frame.
“We were consistent,” said Wibbeler, whose team has outscored its opponents 78-25 this season.
“We didn’t score a lot of runs in one inning like we had last week, but we were consistent, we scored runs in every inning.”
Contact John Patishnock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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