The Versailles Republican
April 23, 2009
Indians, as others, find
the early season going tougher than expected
Gary Franklin, Sports
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
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
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
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.