Raiders, Rangers record postseason victoriesMay 22, 2019
From Herald Staff Reports
Wednesday marked the start of the postseason for two local baseball teams with both clubs recording impressive victories while one local softball squad punched its ticket to the sectional championship match.
Here’s what happened in Wednesday night’s sectional action as well as regular season golf.
Raiders 11, Bluejackets 0: The Southridge baseball team was hoping to get their sectional season started off on the right foot and it’s safe to say they did just that.
Ethan Bell pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Raiders advanced to the semifinal with a victory over host school Mitchell. Bell struck out six batters in the win as the Bluejackets only had one baserunner the entire game courtesy of a hit by pitch.
The Raiders scored eight runs in the first inning with RBIs coming from Bell, Joe LaGrange, Connr Oxley, Carter Whitehead and Camden Gasser. LaGrange added another RBI in the second inning and one final one in the fourth inning.
With the victory, Southridge will face North Knox in the semifinal Monday morning at Mitchell at 10 a.m.
Rangers 10, Wildcats 8: The Forest Park baseball team entered the sixth inning trailing Evansville Mater Dei 8-3 in their sectional opener.
Instead of panicking, the Rangers composed themselves and had their best innings of the contest as they scored seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings to rally and advance to tonight’s sectional semifinal against North Posey.
Garret Berg, Gage Hasenour, Gavin Knust, Hunter Helming and Zach Wahl all had multiple hits in the victory as the Rangers totaled 13 base knocks.
Elliott Rothgerber improved to 3-2 on the season with his victory on the mound. He entered the game in relief in the third inning.
Raiders 12, Spartans 0: The Southridge softball team had a dominating performance against South Knox to advance to tonight’s sectional championship game against Linton.
Myah Montgomery pitched a complete game shutout victory as she gave up just one base hit while walking one and striking out 11 batters.
Southridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead early and added three more runs in the second courtesy of a Kennedy Nalley single and a couple Spartan error to make it 5-0.
The third inning was the big one — Amanda Brewer, Megan Buechler, Kennedy Nalley, Peyton Nalley and Montgomery all recorded RBIs to make it 11-0. Montgomery’s triple in the fourth inning scored Briley King to put the Raiders up 12-0, the final run of the night.
Trojans 176, Rangers 184: The Forest Park boys golf team honored their five senior golfers before Wednesday night’s loss to Wood Memorial.
Brant Tretter paced the Rangers with a 40 while Colin Lane (44), Jake Rickelman (50), Cade Prechtel (50), Nathan Hamilton (53) and Keenan Bertges (55) rounded out the scoring.
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