Raiders run-rule Jeeps

Photos by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Freshman Hudson Allen (22) rounds third base and heads home in the bottom of the fourth Wednesday in Southridge's 10-0 country rival run-rule against Northeast Dubois. 

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG - Southridge came away with its fourth straight win Wednesday night, run-ruling county rival Northeast Dubois, 10-0, in the bottom of the sixth at League Stadium.

The Raiders (18-5) already scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, but broke it open against the Jeeps (12-7) in the fourth. Southridge seemed to find a way on base no matter what it was. Whether it was a base knock, a walk, a ball getting a piece of someone, the Raiders capitalized to expand their lead.

"I think we just started seeing the ball a little better," Raiders coach Gene Mattingly said about the team's second time at the plate. "We weren't trying to do too much. I think early on we were trying to do too much at the plate early. Then we just let it come to us a little bit."

Jeeps senior pitcher Logan Lampert was going along by limiting the Raiders to two runs through the first three frames, but then he departed before recording an out in the fourth. He took the loss.

"They're going to figure him out," Jeeps coach Luke Woolems said. "That's just the way it is. Logan as probably we go into the tournament, is going to find himself in a relief role, but when we're stacking games late in the season, guys have to make starts.

"And we've got to stretch them out a little bit because it's not just about tonight," Woolems continued. "It's about tomorrow (at home against Loogootee), it's about Saturday (in the regular season finale at home against Perry Central) and we've got to get through three games here in four days."

Northeast Dubois sophomore Ty Kalb (15) heads to first on a walk in the top of the sixth. The Jeeps fell, 10-0 Wednesday to Southridge. 

Meanwhile, Raiders senior Camden Gasser wasn't allowing much of anything when he got the win Wednesday night against the Jeeps. Gasser logged all six innings, striking out seven Jeeps and retired the side in order three times on the way to the run-rule win. Mattingly lauded Gasser's ability to get ahead in the count and throw strikes in this county rivalry game.

The best chance for the Jeeps came in the top of the sixth when they had runners on first and second with two outs, but couldn't score. The Raiders won it with three in the bottom half, as freshman Hudson Allen connected for a two-run single to put the run-rule in effect.

"This is exactly the type of teams we need to be playing right now," Woolems said. "Tonight, tomorrow and Saturday - three good teams. We don't need any more cupcakes. It's time to play the teams that are going to sharpen us."

Woolems noted that Northeast Dubois may be 12-7, but he believes the Jeeps are better than that. Their penultimate regular season game is set to also be the team's senior night Thursday against the Blue Chip Conference Lions. The Jeeps will pay homage to Lampert, Cole Tretter and Logan Mehringer.

"Three out of four years weren't bad," Woolems said. "We didn't get to coach them last year, so (we) lost a year with them, but I'm glad to see them have their senior night and have their senior season."

Southridge, meanwhile, is in the midst of a game on five straight days to finish the regular season, although the Raiders might find an opponent next week, since they're not scheduled to play their sectional game until May 31, Memorial Day at home, against Pocket Athletic Conference rival Pike Central. They're currently scheduled to play Thursday at another PAC foe, Gibson Southern.

"We have to execute," Mattingly said. "There was a few times tonight where we didn't really execute like we should, and so for us over the next three days is, can we execute when we need to?"




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