After a rough first inning for both pitchers, the Sectional 29 baseball semifinal turned into a pitching duel.
In the end, Batesville High School advanced to the sectional’s final game, beating Greensburg 3-1 Friday, May 30, at Greensburg.
All runs came in the first inning, as Batesville scored their three on one hit and four walks by Greensburg pitcher Tom Lawrence.
The game’s first pitch by Bulldog Bryan Hoeing was lined by Collin Rigney into the left-center gap for a double. He scored when the next batter, Josiah Buell, singled into center field. Buell was thrown out trying to reach second on the throw home.
In the bottom of the first, Bulldog Kassidy Kase opened with a walk, and then scored on Zach Britton’s double into right field. After Hoeing grounded out to the third baseman, Lawrence walked the next three batters to force home a run. Then Nick Kirschner hit a slow roller up the first base line to score Wes McKinney for what turned out to be the game’s final run.
“(Both pitchers) pitched their best. We couldn’t string anything together,” said Batesville coach Alex Davis.
Greensburg had a chance to score in the second inning. Austin Kane was on first after reaching on a fielder’s choice when Bryce Bennett hit one to the fence in left field. But perfect throws from left fielder Wyatt Schebler to shortstop Austin Westerfeld and to catcher Britton cut down Kane at the plate.
“Our left fielder (Schebler) threw a laser to our shortstop (Westerfeld). Our shortstop turned around and threw a laser to our catcher (Britton),” Davis said. “It was perfect relays all around, and that was the only thing that was going to get him, with that speed.”
After that, Hoeing gave up only one hit, two walks and hit one batter over the final six innings, retiring the last seven batters in a row. Only one Pirate reached second base.