The Versailles Republican Sports
April 23, 2009

Indians, as others, find the early season going tougher than expected

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

The wet spring and a serious lack of practice, let alone playing time on the baseball field have many coaches and players scratching their heads in wonderment. Anticipated and expected to be up, many of this year's clubs are still looking for the gears to mesh. The Milan Indians are no exception.
Coach Greiwe and others have dedicated much time and effort to improving the Milan HS baseball diamond, earning money for their program and purchasing better equipment as well as new uniforms for this year's team to work with.
They still await the turn around and expect it to come once more time can be applied to actually playing on a regular basis. The Indians hosted the Rising Sun Shiners on Friday, April 18, only to come out on the short side of the score at its conclusion, 5-0.
Nick Lohrum was the starting pitcher for the Indians. He was relieved on the mound by Grayson Miller who was then relieved by Zach Elza to end the game.
Lohrum was charged with the loss, his first of the season, while Shiner Jones earned the win.
The loss gave the tribe an 0-2 conference game start to the season and left them 0-4 overall at that time.
Rain soaked fields from the weekend cloud bursts caused the postponement of the Milan Indian hosting of the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle game on Monday, April 20.
The Indian results of games played earlier this season follow.
Milan Indians 2
Greensburg Pirates 9
Milan Indians 2
Lawrenceburg Tigers 3
Milan Indians 0
Switzerland Co. Pacers 3
Milan Indians 0
Rising Sun Shiners 5


Tigers tangle with Eagles

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

The game of baseball continued to be illusive to the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles with back to back losses. They fell to the Lawrenceburg Tiger lot 8-1 on Friday, April 17, following a roasting by the South Ripley Raiders on Thursday, April 16, in what ended up being JCD's actual season opener.
The home hosted Friday Eagle vs Tiger game found Derek Lunsford on the mound for JCD. Through his four innings of work, Lunsford faced 21 batters where he allowed five runs off five hits. He was charged with three errors, a wild pitch, gave up two walks while retiring three Tigers via strike outs.
In relief, Coach Bradshaw sent Ryan Schuler to the mound to finish the game. During Schuler's three innings in relief, he faced 15 batters. Of those he was charged with two wild pitches, gave up three runs on two hits, was charged with one error, walked four batters and sent one Tiger back to the dugout with a strike out.
The first two innings for the Eagles found all nine Tiger batters entering the batters box, but remained scoreless. However, in the third inning, the cage doors flew open and all nine Tiger batters entered the batters box with five runners crossing the plates before the Eagles could close them down.
In the Tiger fourth, the Eagles behind Lunsford made short work of Lawrenceburg with three up and three down.
In the Tiger fifth, with Eagle hurler Schuler on the mound in relief, JCD allowed only four Tiger batters before retiring them.
The Tiger sixth resulted in three more scores, for an 8-0 lead, before being contained. In the bottom of the sixth the Eagles by way of Blake Sutton's crossing of the plate scored their only run.
Sutton led off the inning with a double, followed by back to back to back walks to teammates Lunsford, Craig Houk and Dalton Garnett.
The seventh inning went quietly for both the Tigers and the Eagles to conclude the game with a final score of Lawrenceburg 8-1 Jac-Cen-Del.
The only other hit registered by the Eagles during the game was a double by Ryan Schuler.
Pitching for the Tigers were Faehr with five innings of work, Steinmetz for one and McEllerg for one to close the game in seven complete.
Eagle pitching gave up 8 runs on 7 hits, 6 walks and drew 4K's. Eagle batters scored 1 run on 2 hits, fell via the strike out 11 times and drew 4 walks.