LIBERTY – Rushville pitchers tied a school record with 18 strikeouts against Union County Thursday. Unfortunately for the Lions, the Patriots scored four runs in the first inning on one hit en route to the 9-3 victory.
Michael Tague started and took the loss for the Lions. Noah Nigh and Brad Busald pitched in relief – allowing only one hit while striking out 16 (eight each).
For the game, Union County had nine runs on four hits and committed two errors. The Lions had three runs on 10 hits and committed two errors.
Busald led the Lion offense with three singles, a double and two stolen bases. Mitchell Wagoner had two hits and scored a run. Keith Tressler doubled to drive in one run and scored a run. Chase Hamilton, Frank Sammons and Caleb Wiles all singled for the Lions.
The junior varsity Lions hosted Union County and fell to the Patriots.
Rushville’s offense was led by Andrew Rice, Austin Schindler, Elijah Miller and Spencer Fry – all with one hit.
According to Coach Harpring, Noah Brinson pitched well in relief.
Rushville traveled to Southwestern (Shelby) on Friday and came home with a 13-3 victory. After struggling with runners in scoring position in the previous game, the team put together several rallied by consistently putting the ball in play (only three strike outs). Nick Sprinkle paced the attack with three hits and three runs batted in. Michael St. John also collected three hits. Mitchell Wagoner added two singles. Sprinkle and Frank Sammons each blasted triples.
Caleb Wiles started on the hill for the Lions and pitched the first three innings to pick up the win. He allowed three hits and three runs while striking out four hitters. Keith Tressler and Wagoner each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Lions drop two to Bulldogs
The Lions traveled to Batesville and dropped their first ever EIAC baseball contest to the Bulldogs, 10-0. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Rushville committed four errors that allowed seven unearned runs.