The Patoka baseball team has proven it can blow opponents out.
But on Tuesday, the Warriors showed they can win the tight ones as well.
After cruising to victory in their previous three games via the 10-run mercy rule, the Warriors pulled out a thriller against St. Elmo, as Cody Wimberly’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh gave Patoka a 4-3 victory.
Wimberly’s big hit came moments after Luke Murfin worked a bases-loaded walk on the eighth delivery he saw against reliever Colton Booher, forcing in the game-tying run.
Wimberly followed with a shot to right-center that capped what Patoka coach Clayton Cain called a ‘great effort’ by both teams.
‘It was a complete game for us,’ Cain said. ‘It was by far our best game of the year. And I take my hat off to St. Elmo, too. They battled just like us until the end.’
Freshman Sawyer Potter and senior Clay Cain III set up the rally with a walk and infield hit, respectively.
The Warriors’ rally made a winner of senior righty Tyson Murray, who allowed just four hits.
‘He really only had one bad inning,’ said Cain of Murray, who did issue an uncharacteristic five free passes. ‘He walked a few more than he normally does, but he stepped up and battled for us.’
St. Elmo 4 7 2
Patoka 3 4 2
WP – Murray. LP – Booher. Top hitters – Patoka: Payne 1-2 (BI), Cain 2-4, Wimberly 1-3 (BI), Murray 1-3, Murfin (BI). St. Elmo: Nevergall 2-3 (BI). Record – Patoka is 5-1.
Patoka 12, Odin 2
Wimberly held Odin to three hits over five innings, giving himself all the offensive support he’d need with two doubles and four RBIs, as the Warriors picked up their third victory via the 10-run mercy rule so far this spring.
Cain added a triple and three RBIs for Patoka, while Payne had a single, double and an RBI. Murray chipped in a single and RBI.
Saturday’s St. Elmo Game
Altamont 3, St. Elmo 1
Alec Braasch outdueled Booher in a K-fest, as the diminuative Altamont lefty fanned 14 St. Elmo batters in an Indians’ win.
Booher struck out 15 batters of his own for the Eagles, but Braasch was a little better than his counterpart, allowing just four hits.
Coming off a one-hit shutout at Brownstown, Booher extended his scoreless innings streak to 17 before the Indians rallied for three runs in the sixth. Altamont’s first two tallies came in on a bloop hit by Justin Durbin, and Durbin eventually came around to score.
The Eagles put together a rally in the seventh, but came up short.
Booher helped his own cause with two hits in three at-bats, while Robby Stolte and Fletcher Morrison were 1-for-3, but, overall, the Eagles’ offensive struggles continued.
St. Elmo 000 000 1 – 1 4 1
Altamont 000 003 x – 3 5 2
WP – Braasch. LP – Booher (5 2/3 IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 15K). St. Elmo hitting – Morrison 1-3, Booher 2-3, R. Stolte 1-3.