Osgood Journal Sports
June 9, 2009

Milan Indians, Sectional #44 Runners-up, end their '09 season at .500

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

Entering IHSAA Class 2A Baseball Sectional #44 action hosted by Lawrenceburg HS on Thursday evening, May 28, the Indians knew they would open against the Hauser Jets.
With weather detering their regular season scheduled game with Hauser, Coach Jeff Greiwe and his tribe knew little about the opponent, but they did know that their play had picked up near the end of regular season and that peeking at sectional time was a positive way to enter extended season play.

The Indian Opener
An evening that threatened thunderstorms and showers became just that. As the game progressed through the innings, the tribe found themselves tied at 2-2 by the end of the fourth inning. They also found breaks between playing due to lightning flashes that sent the teams off the field numerous times. Each time, another flash and the clock would restart when they were allowed to resume.

By the top of the seventh, Milan had gained the upper hand with a 3-2 lead, but in the bottom half of the inning with just one out recorded on the Jets, they were sent to the dugouts due to lightning flashes again.

Just two outs before a victory for the Indians and they did not want to have to come back early Saturday morning to finish the game. Nor did Hauser want to drive the distance for two outs either.

The flashes, emptying the ballfield before play resumed, became a down pour. Approximately an hour passed and Lawrenceburg Athletic Director Glen Crocker sent his grounds crew onto the field to prepare for the game to play to conclusion. (The South Ripley Raiders and the Switzerland County Pacers were to play in game two on Thursday, but were told a little earlier that they would not play until Saturday morning).

As the skies lightened up and the field was deemed ready for play, the Indians slammed the door on the Jets to claim the 3-2 victory and the right to advance to round two.

Indians vs Southwestern Hanover Rebels
The tribe carried the momentum of their opening game victory into their game against the SwH Rebels, cutting them down by a final score of 13-2 to earn a spot in the championship game.

Indians vs hosting Lawrenceburg Tigers
Continuing with their winning ways, the Indians held steady in the championship game against the sectional hosting Tigers, until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Tigers put together a four run rally to gain the lead and take control. Lawrenceburg claimed the Sectional #44 Championship Title by the final score of 6-4 as the Indians were unable to score in the top of the seventh.

Milan Indian pitcher Derek Walker sends a strike past the Jet batter as Indian catcher Nick Lohrum sets up to collect it.