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SALEM – South Central had trouble hitting the ball against Altamont on Saturday, scoring just once as it bowed out of the Jr. Legion District Tournament with a 6-1 loss.
Post 519 had seven hits – four singles and three doubles – but it only had three multi-hit innings, stringing together doubles from Larry Schoreck and Seven Wright in the sixth to get on the board.
South Central had also struggled to hit during an 11-inning game against Vandalia the night before in the winner’s bracket quarterfinal.
“They’ve hit the ball all summer, but we didn’t these last couple games,” Jones said. “Give (Altamont’s) pitcher some credit.”
Altamont, meanwhile, scored four of its runs in the fourth inning
Two of those runs came after back-to-back errors were committed on throws to second base to attempt to catch base stealers. A sacrifice fly and a double brought home the other two.
“We have plays that we use, but we didn’t execute them,” Jones said of the errors. “When (there are runners on) first and third, we aren’t just going to let the guy steal (second).”
Allowing five runners in that inning was the only major blemish on a six-inning effort by Daniel Diss.
“He has improved a ton this summer. He didn’t start playing until high school, so he has been a project,” Jones said. “He is getting closer, and he has three pitches.”
Diss recorded seven strikeouts and allowed five additional hits before being lifted for Luke Krajefska in the seventh. Altamont took advantage of a couple more South Central errors to score two insurance runs.
And while the a two-loss exit from districts was disappointing for the No. 2 seeded club, Jones said the season, overall, still proved valuable.
“I keep telling these guys that two years ago when they came into high school, they needed work,” Jones said. “For the most part they have worked at it pretty good and improved.”
Many of the starters for South Central will be juniors in high school this fall.