Raiders rule with 10-run frame; Cats, Pats blast off

From Herald Staff Reports

Before North Posey could even take a swing, Southridge had the Vikings buried.


The Raider baseball team zapped the suspense early in Tuesday’s venture to Poseyville, as the Raiders stacked up 10 runs in the opening inning en route to clobbering the Vikings 14-1 in five innings. Southridge (3-3, 1-0) coasted in its Pocket Athletic Conference opener without the benefit of power — Nolan O’Brien’s double was the only Raider extra-base hit — but station-to-station baseball worked plenty well as the Raiders cranked out 15 hits, including three each from Ross Eckert and Harrison Steckler.

Those two joined for five RBIs, and Tucker Schank totaled two singles and two RBIs while scoring twice. O’Brien, Jayce Harter, Logan Seger and Colton Gasser also knocked in a run, and Colin Smith singled and scored twice for Southridge, which has averaged close to 13 runs in its three victories.

O’Brien’s work on the mound kept the Raiders in command, as the senior leveled five hits with five strikeouts and kept North Posey scoreless over the last four innings after the Vikes managed a first-inning run.

In other baseball:

Wildcats 8, Tigers 3: Princeton survived Jasper’s first round of pop, but the second wave allowed the Class 3A No. 1 Wildcats to prevail at Ruxer Field.


Evan Aders and Trevor Krapf both smoked two-run home runs for Jasper, with Aders’ shot equipping the Cats with a 3-1 edge in the third. After Princeton tied it, Krapf’s first varsity blast pushed Jasper ahead for good. The Cats tacked on three runs in the sixth to give Justin Persohn, the Cats’ third pitcher of the night, his first win of the spring.

Jasper wobbled through a four-error evening, but atoned by ripping seven of its 11 hits for extra bases. Krapf also swatted a pair of doubles, the second of which chased home a run in the sixth as Krapf finished with three RBIs. Aders, Persohn and Eric Nordhoff also delivered doubles for the Wildcats (9-1, 2-0 Big Eight Conference).

Vikings 2, Jeeps 0: Barr-Reeve’s two runs in the bottom of the first sufficed as the only offense of the day in Montgomery, where Northeast Dubois absorbed its first shutout defeat this season. The most recent Jeep-Viking face-off was markedly quieter than their last encounter in the 2016 regional, when Northeast Dubois outslugged Barr-Reeve 11-10 in eight innings.

Reece Helming and Brandon Merkel registered the only two Jeep hits as two Barr-Reeve hurlers joined for the shutout despite issuing eight walks to Northeast Dubois (3-4, 0-1 Blue Chip Conference). Peyton Hurt worked a complete game for the Jeeps, walking just one while notching five strikeouts.


Patriots 9, Chargers 1: Lukus Rickelman delivered all the offense Heritage Hills needed at Pike Central, as the junior crushed a double and home run in a five-RBI day to help the Patriots (3-9, 1-2 Pocket Athletic Conference) squash a five-game skid. Rickelman’s homer was the Patriots’ first longball this season.

Simon Scherry, Austin Schnuck and Grahm Turner joined with multihit games, with Turner and Schnuck supplying RBIs along with teammates Ben Gordon and Murray Becher. Pike Central’s lone run was unearned off of Patriot senior Casey Miller, who fanned five and walked two in six innings.

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