Bryan Hoeing was almost a one-man team against Lawrenceburg May 22.
Hoeing, in the first game of a baseball doubleheader, struck out 13, gave up just one hit and had three RBI in a 7-1 Batesville High School victory at Liberty Park.
The Bulldogs were not fortunate in the second game, dropping a 6-5 loss with Lawrenceburg, which scored five runs in the seventh to win.
But in the first game, it was season high for strikeouts for the junior pitcher; he previously had 11 against Greensburg, according to coach Alex Davis. He was dominating early, and late, as he struck out the last six batters in a row.
“He had good control, he was in a good rhythm. He was in a zone,” Davis said. “He had a lot of first-pitch strikes, so he was getting up on the batters.”
Hoeing threw 90 pitches, 69 for strikes. Only three batters reached base.
The only blemish through the first four innings was a hit batter in the second. His first batter in the fourth inning was safe on an error, and the batter had a clean hit up the middle. But Hoeing then induced three ground outs as the first batter scored.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a fast 3-0 lead in the first inning. Kassidy Kase walked, Zach Britton and Hoeing singled. After a sacrifice and a strikeout, Conner Schuck singled to left field to score the third run. They scored three more times in the second inning on three singles and a walk. The Bulldogs added the seventh run in the fifth.
Along with Hoeing and Schuck, Noah Gausman and Wyatt Schebler all had two hits in the game.
The second game was going Batesville’s way until the bottom of the seventh. The Bulldogs looked to be in control, scoring two in the second and three in the fifth innings.