The Batesville High School baseball season ended without fireworks, as the Bulldogs lost 1-0 to Gibson Southern in the Class 4A Regional at Ruxer Field, Jasper, Saturday, June 7.
The Bulldogs could manage only one hit off Gibson Southern’s ace Dillon Whitten.
Batesville’s pitcher Bryan Hoeing gave up only six hits, and the lone run. That came when Gibson Southern had a man on second with two outs, and shortstop Austin Westerfeld fielded a grounder, but his throw to first was off target. The Gibson runner from second never stopped and first baseman Noah Gausman’s throw to the plate was late.
“It was a pitching duel,” said Batesville coach Alex Davis. “They threw their best, we threw our best, and they shut us down.
“We had guys in scoring position a few times.”
Hoeing gave up only six hits, with Davis saying the defense played a good game behind the junior pitcher.
The Bulldogs ended its season at 20-9, which pleases the coach.
“I thought we played great; I am happy,” he said. “The guys played hard all year, they played tough.
“Twenty wins is a good season. We stayed away from double-digit losses. But we have unfinished business. We’ll continue to work hard.”
According to Davis, the team marked its first sectional win – an 11-1 victory over Rushville June 2 – since 2005.
The team’s standout was junior pitcher Hoeing, who also played some shortstop, Davis said.
Hoeing was 6-0 in nine appearances on the mound. He had an 0.49 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. Opponents hit just .133 against him all year.
At the plate, Hoeing was also a leader. He batted .420 with 32 RBIs, 12 doubles and two home runs. His on base percentage was .485.
“He’s a special player, on both offense and defense,” Davis said. “He throws well, he hits well. He played shortstop very well.”