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BROWNSTOWN – The South Central High School baseball team continued its torrid start with a 20-0 drubbing of Brownstown last Thursday.
Cole Armstrong and Shawn Meyer combined to throw a one-hitter, with Brownstown junior Austin Hunter finally collecting the Bombers' first hit in the bottom of the fifth inning, to maintain South Central's perfect start to the season.
"I'm pretty pleased with how we have done," said coach Curt Jones. "The big question mark was our pitching, and so far, our pitching has been really good."
Jones also noted that the defense has made fewer errors, and the offense has collected more hits than he expected.
Hits were not a problem against Brownstown, as the Cougars collected 19 of them to produce eight runs in the first, six in the second and four more in the third. At least 10 batters went to the plate in each of those innings.
Other than Hunter's hit, Brownstown had just two other base runners – senior Coleman Scott and sophomore Jacob Behrends, who both walked.
Outside of the eight balls during the two walks, Armstrong and Meyer combined to throw just 15 other balls during the game.
That pin-point control, which helped the duo strike out eight batters – including five in a row at one point – has also been a key to the team's wins.
"They have always been guys who throw strikes, but their history is that they get hit hard," Jones said. "A couple guys are throwing harder, and maybe some (of our advice) is sinking in."
On the year, the Cougars have allowed just 1.3 runs per game through their first seven.
That makes the Cougars a team other teams want to beat, and Jones said he is fine with his team being the hunted.
"We've had a lot of success over the years, so we have been in that situation before," Jones said. "We hope the kids are prepared for that role."
WP: Armstrong (2-0); 2 IP, four strikeouts
LP: A. Hunter
Offense: Bret Pitts, 2-for-3, 3 runs; Colby Bushue, 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Heath Hoffman, 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI; Luke Krajefska, 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI; Armstrong, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Colton Wilkins, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; Drake Ritter, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, run; Fischer Tharp, 1-for-2, 2 RBI, run; Larry Schoreck, 1-for-2, 2 runs, RBI; Noah Powless, 2-for-2, run; Austin Schwarm, 1-for-1, run, RBI; Meyer, 1-for-2; Daniel Diss, run; Kyle Bray, 1-for-2; Hunter, BHS, 1-for-2.