South Central edges Vandals in tight contest

In a game in which the lead changed hands several times, South Central edged Vandalia on Monday when the Cougars’ Trent Geiler drove home the tie-breaking run in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
In a game full of offense, Dylan Smith led South Central with a 4-for-4 performance that included a two-run homer in the home half of the sixth inning.
Vandalia scored two runs in the top of the seventh to take an 11-8 lead, but South Central countered with three runs to take the win.
Brett Harmeier and Dre Hill each went 3-for-5 for South Central with Hill driving in three runs and Harmeier two. Jace Wilkins had three hits in four at-bats.
Ryan Matheny improved to 2-0, giving up three runs and two hits while striking out one and walking two over the final two innings. Cauy Blomberg threw the first five innings, striking out three and walking three while giving up six hits and eight runs.
Nathan Casey drilled a three-run homer in the fifth for the Vandals, and Collin Nestleroad drove in two runs in a 2-for-3 performance.
Richie Well, Kelly Jones and Zach Schaal each had one hit and one RBI.
Jake Bowen took the loss for the Vandals, pitching the final two-thirds of an inning. Bowen allowed five hits and walked one. Alec Schroeder pitched the first six innings, giving up nine runs on 12 hits while striking our four and walking two.
South Central 14, North Clay 13
The Cougars held off a seventh-inning challenge to defeat North Clay and avenge a loss to the Cardinals at South Central’s wooden bat tourney over the weekend.
With the score tied 3-3 after three innings, South Central broke out for eight runs in the fourth, then added three more in later innings.
North Clay mounted a comeback by scoring four times in the fifth inning, twice in the sixth and three more times in the seventh.
Gavin Rattermann got the win for South Central, giving up 22 hits and eight runs while striking out three and walking two over 4 1/3 innings. Dylan Smith struck out four and allowed five hits in 2 1/3 innings of work, and Dylen Brauer picked up a save, striking out one batter in a third of an inning of work.
Brett Harmeier went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI’s, and Smith was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI’s. Trevor Markley’s two-run homer was one of his two hits, and he had RBI’s in the contest.
Dre Hill and Ryan Matheny each contributed two hits.
Wooden Bat Tournament
Host South Central won two of its three games in its annual wooden bat tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars edged Valmeyer, 1-0, on Friday and defeated Casey-Westfield, 10-3, on Saturday. South Central lost to North Clay, 9-2.
In the Valmeyer contest, Dylan Smith scored the winning run after an overthrow from the catcher to a third base on a steal attempt in the eighth inning.
Trent Geiler had South Central’s only other hit in the game.
Dylen Brauer got the win, striking out 13, allowing just four hits and walking two.
A balanced attack gave the Cougars the win over Casey-Westfield, with Ryan Matheny, Harmeier, Smith and Dre Hill each having two hits.
Matheny drove in three runs and Hill added two RBI’s.
Gavin Ratermann, Trent Geiler and Matheny shared the pitching duties, with Ratermann recording the win in a three-inning performance.
Against North Clay, the Cougars were held to single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Hill was 2-for-3, and Noah Powless and Trevor Markley drove in the two South Central runs with doubles. Smith and Harmeier each had one hit.
BSE 6, Ramsey 0
Taking a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning, Brownstown/St. Elmo added two runs in that frame and three more in the sixth to record the win last Thursday.
Lewis Brown improved to 2-0 on the season with the shutout performance, allowing just one hit while striking out six and walking five.
Cole Horner was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in, and Brown, Drake Hall, Noah Flowers and Andrew Koonce each had one hit. Landon Feezel and Isaac Maxey each had an RBI.
Brady Reiss was the losing pitcher, allowing six hits while striking out three and walking six.
Carter Hunt had the Rams’ lone hit.
BSE 8, Wayne City 7
BSE 13, BCCH 4
The Bombers picked up two win in the round-robin tournament held on Saturday at Brownstown.
In the Wayne City contest, BSE scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bombers’ 10-hit attack included three hits by both Lewis Brown and Drake Hall. Brown had three doubles and drove in three runs, and Hall also had 3 RBI’s.
Landon Feezel, Nate Matthews and Andrew Koonce each had one hit, and Cole Horner and Jeffrey Kelly each drove in one run.
Feezel, pitching in relief of Horner, struck out 11, walked three and allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings.
Hall had two hits, including a double, in five at-bats and drove in four runs in the win over Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick.
Flowers also had two hits, as well as RBI, and Brown, Maxey and Dalton Denton each had one hit. Horner had three RBI’s, and Nate Matthews and Koonce each had an RBI.
Hall got the win for BSE in a four-inning outing.
Shelbyville 10, Vandalia 2
Visiting Shelbyville scored early and often in the defeating the Vandals last Thursday, taking advantage of eight Vandalia errors.
The Rams scored one run in the first, second, third and fourth innings, then added four in the sixth and two in the seventh. The Vandals’ two runs came in the seventh inning.
Zach Schaal, Jake Bowen, Kelly Jones, Alec Schroeder, Tucker Willms and Marcus Zimmerman each had one hit for the Vandals, with Jones and Schroeder credited with one RBI a piece.
Bowen took the loss, giving up eight runs, three of which were earned, in six innings of work. He struck out four, walked one batter and allowed nine hits.
Nathan Casey gave up two hits and two runs in one inning.
Altamont 20, Vandalia 1
The innings bombarded the Vandals last Tuesday in Vandalia, leading 17-1 after just three innings.
Collin Nestleroad had Vandalia’s RBI and one of the team’s four hits. Casey, Schroeder and Zimmerman had the other three Vandal hits.
Richie Well, Kelly Jones, Cameron Gelsingser and Garrett McNary shared pitching duties, with Jones taking the loss.
Greenville 14, South Central 10
A comeback attempt by the Cougars last Tuesday came up short.
South Central scored three times in the sixth and once in the seventh, but gave up two runs in each of the final two innings in the contest at Greenville.
Noah Powless was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for South Central, and Dylan Smith, Jace Wilkins and Trent Geiler each had one hit and one RBI.
Smith took the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four in four innings of work. He followed Geiler, who allowed four hits while striking our four and walking six.
Vandalia 4, Staunton 3
Marcus Zimmerman’s RBI single in the sixth inning lifted the Vandals over Staunton in a home contest on Friday.
Zimmerman drove home JT Taylor, who was pinch running for Josh Ledbetter, who reached on an error. Zimmerman scored after advancing to second on a fielder’s choice.
Vandalia took a 3-2 lead with three runs in the fifth inning, with Richie Well driving in one run with a double and Jake Bowen bringing two more home with a single.
Zach Schaal allowed just two hits, struck out four and walked three in the complete-game performance.
Dieterich 12, BSE 0
The Bombers were held to just one hit on Tuesday at Dieterich.
Drake Hall had the lone hit for BSE, which fell to 5-8 on the season.
Noah Flowers took the loss, giving up eight runs and nine hits while striking out one and walking two.


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