Cougars ride strong pitching to win

Senior Derek Harmeier picked up eight strikeouts and two relievers added three apiece as South Central defeated Mulberry Grove on Monday, 7-0.

Harmeier's line also included just one walk and one hit allowed.

Colby Bushue, who relieved Harmerier in the fifth inning, pitched two innings, allowing three hits and one walk.

At the plate, the junior was 4-for-5 with three doubles.

Sophomore Shawn Meyer finished up the stellar pitching performance with a perfect seventh inning.

Sophomore Fischer Tharp, junior Colton Wilkins and junior Bret Pitts each had a single and drove in at least one run during the game.

For Mulberry Grove, four players had singles.

Nate Ketchem took the loss for the Aces, pitching 5 1/3 innings, and allowing six runs on nine hits and five walks.

Both teams are back in action on Monday, with the Aces hosting Carlyle at 4:15 p.m., and the Cougars hosting Altamont at 4:30 p.m.

South Central senior Derek Harmeier delivers a pitch during the first inning of the Cougars’ 7-0 win against Mulberry Grove on Monday.

Mulberry Grove’s Jacob Rickman slides into second early in Monday’s game. The junior catcher was 1-for-2 at South Central on Monday during the Aces’ loss

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