The first of two rounds between Southern Lakes Conference rival baseball teams Central and Wilmot on Tuesday went to the Falcons.
And in resounding fashion, no less.
Central took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, then added four more in the fourth and two in the sixth en route to an 8-0 home victory. Round two is Thursday at Wilmot.
“I thought our team played with really good focus and energy all night,” Central coach Jake Morman said. “This was a complete team win from start to finish that we can use as momentum going forward.”
The Falcons’ pitching duo of starter Austin Glidden and reliever Bryce Kerkman held the Panthers in check. Glidden allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out one in 52/3 innings to earn the win, while Kerkman walked one in 11/3 innings.
“Austin set the tone on the mound early in the game and made it difficult on their hitters,” Morman said. “He’s been really good his last couple starts and has come up big for us when we needed a good performance.”
Offensive leaders for Central (6-9, 4-6) were Kyle Mitchell (two hits, run, RBI), Glidden (two hits), Matt Felske (two hits, run, RBI) and Kerkman (two hits, run, two RBI).
Wilmot (9-9, 6-5) collected just three hits, one each by Tanner Peterson, Jack Vozel and Zack Watson. Leo Falletti took the loss, as he allowed eight hits, six earned runs, a walk and struck out one in three innings.
“Glidden didn’t give us much to hit and definitely didn’t allow us to string anything together,” Wilmot coach Josh Pye said. “He had us chasing pitches out of the zone, which put us in some unfavorable counts.”
Tremper 25, Racine Case 7
The Trojans broke a 2-2 tie with a 12-run second inning and coasted to the Southeast Conference victory in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.
Tremper (10-4, 9-4) banged out 17 hits, led by Jared Heinzen (four hits, three runs, four RBI).
Other leaders were Jason Brulport (three hits, run, six RBI), Riley Dutton (three hits, four runs, four RBI), Alex Wajerski (two hits, two runs, three RBI) and Joe Ricchio (hit, two RBI).
“I thought we stayed off some borderline pitches and got aggressive on pitches in the zone,” Tremper coach John Matera said.
“It’s a kind of smart-aggressiveness that you strive for going into the second half of the season. We had a lot of confident plate approaches tonight.”
Reese Dutton earned the win, as he allowed a hit, an earned run, two walks and struck out two.
Franklin 6, Indian Trail 0
The host Sabers turned a 1-0 advantage into a commanding 6-0 lead with a five-run sixth inning to send the Hawks to 10-7 and 7-6 in the SEC.
Indian Trail had just two hits and fanned nine times.
“Offensively, we couldn’t muster up much tonight,” Indian Trail coach Mike Schmidt said. “We didn’t put much offensive pressure on their defense.”
Sam Scarlato took the loss, as he allowed five hits, four earned runs, a walk and struck out five in five innings.
St. Joseph 11, Burlington Catholic Central 3
The Lancers (9-3, 6-0) scored the game’s first six runs, including four in the third inning, and remained undefeated in the Metro Classic Conference with a win over the host Hilltoppers (6-7, 4-5).
Junior Matt Hill went 4-for-5 with three RBI, two runs and a pair of stolen bases to lead St. Joseph’s 15-hit attack. Frank McGuire added three doubles and a run.
Jake Gessert (three runs, two RBI), Kyle Matrise (two RBI, stolen base) and Andrew Setter (run) had two hits apiece for the Lancers.
Jake Reigel picked up the win, allowing three runs and three hits over 4 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking one.
Coach Joe Gricar credited third baseman Jacob Antony for leading the Lancers’ error-free defense.
Shoreland Lutheran 1, Dominican 0
The Pacers’ Josh Edmundson drove in Jack Maize with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Shoreland to 3-7 overall and 3-5 in the MCC.
Kyle Roslowski earned the win in relief of starting pitcher Sawyer Smith. Roslowski allowed two hits, a walk and struck out one in two innings. Smith pitched the first five innings, and allowed two hits, three walks and struck out two.
Tremper 8, Racine Park 2
Host Park scored 17 seconds into the SEC match, but Tremper answered with four straight goals and added four more in the second half to cruise to the win.
Brooke Clements led Tremper with two goals, followed by one each by Lauren McKeon, Allison Schaver, Brooklyn Stevenson, Haley Leadingham, Sarah Bezotte and Cassidy Hodges.
Schaver collected three assists, with Clements and McKeon each adding one.
Tremper outshot Park, 17-4.
“I felt we kind of came out complacent against a much-improved Park team,” Tremper coach Todd Hardy said. “They took it to us right away, but we were able to withstand it, gather ourselves and respond.”
Elkhorn 4, Central 0
The host Elks held a 3-0 halftime lead and made that stand up in the SLC shutout.
Central fell to 3-5-1 and 1-3-1 in conference play.
“We played well for the most part tonight, we just had a series of unfortunate mistakes and injuries that threw our rhythm off,” Central assistant coach Jon Kao said. “Elkhorn was able to exploit that.”
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