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South Putnam Baseball Week One Recap

Tuesday April 8, 2014 (Cloverdale game one)

The South Putnam baseball team played a conference double header against county rival Cloverdale.  In game one, the Eagles were defeated 11-3.  Brandon Gierke gave up 5 runs in 5 innings of pitching.  “Brandon’s pitching and offensive production (1 HR and 3 RBI) gave us an opportunity in game one, but Cloverdale really hit the ball well late in the game and that was the difference.  We were down 5-3 going into the 6th inning, we had one bad inning defensively that opened up the deficit.”

Statistics for Cloverdale Game One


Joe Waters 2-4 R

Brandon Gierke 1-3 HR, R, 3 RBI, HBP



Brandon Gierke L (0-1), 5 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 8 K’s, 1 BB

Tuesday April 8, 2014 (Cloverdale game two)

The South Putnam baseball team was defeated in game two of their double header by a score of 9-5.  Grady McHugh pitched 4 1/3rd innings in the loss surrendering 5 runs on 10 hits.  “In game two against Cloverdale we couldn’t really get much going offensively.  We did take advantage of a few mistakes made by Cloverdale defensively to push some runs across; however, our lack of offensive production prevented us from completely capitalizing on those mistakes.”  Brandon Gierke came up with our only hit of the game, a double, and scored two runs.  McHugh had an RBI on a sacrifice fly.  Joe Waters reached base three times with three walks.

Statistics for Cloverdale Game Two


Joe Waters 0-1 3 BB

Brandon Gierke 1-3 2B, 2 R, 1 BB



Grady McHugh L (0-1), 4.1 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 10 H, 1 K, 1 BB

Friday April 11, 2014 (at South Vermillion)

The South Putnam baseball team was defeated in 5 innings at South Vermillion Friday night by a score of 12-2.  Tyler Long pitched 4 innings for the Eagles giving up 8 hits and 10 runs (7 ER).  Offensively South Putnam could not get anything going.  Grady McHugh and Jake Schroer scored the only two runs for South Putnam.  The Eagles managed only one hit, a single by Tyler Long.  “South Vermillion did a great job of putting the ball in play and we weren’t able to match that offensively.”

Statistics for South Vermillion


Tyler Long 1-2 1B, SB


Tyler Long L (0-1), 4 IP, 10 R, 7 ER, 8 H, 3 K, 6 BB

Saturday April 12, 2014 (North Central Farmersburg)

The South Putnam baseball team defeated North Central Farmersburg by a score of 11-6 on Saturday morning.  The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, but North Central matched that run to tie it up in the bottom half of the 1st.  The Thunderbirds added four more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning to take a 5-1 lead.  South plated their second run in the top half of the 4th inning with Wyatt Nees scoring on a Grady McHugh 2B.  The Eagles offense took off in the top of 6th allowing South Putnam to take the lead 6-5.  Tyler Long and Grady McHugh both doubled and scored in the 6th and the Eagles got singles from Brandon Gierke, Josh Stewart, and Zane Crosby.  The Eagles held North Central to zero runs in the bottom of the 6th inning behind the pitching of McHugh and Jake Carmichael.  Offensively, the Eagles added an additional 5 runs in the top of the 7th.  Jake Schroer started the top of the 7th with a single and was then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Vandermark.  Schroer later scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Josh Stewart giving South Putnam a two run lead.  With two outs, the Eagles continued their offensive rally.  Wyatt Nees singled and Zane Crosby reached on an error.  Wyatt Nees scored from 3rd on a wild pitch.  Grady McHugh then singled, putting two men on base for a 3-run HR by Tyler Long.  Jake Carmichael came out to close the game in the 7th and did so despite giving up one last run to North Central. “I couldn’t be happier as a coach after today’s performance.  After falling behind early in the game, we could have folded as a team.  Behind some strong team leadership, we kept battling.  Grady pitched well for us and the entire team contributed at the plate.  I told the team before the game that something great would happen once we can consistently hit the ball hard and put it in play.  I am proud of their effort today and I believe that this will give us some momentum going into next week.”

Statistics for North Central Farmersburg


Tyler Long 3-5 2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI

Grady McHugh 3-5 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Wyatt Nees 3-5 2B, 2 R

Jake Schroer 2-5 R



Grady McHugh W (1-1), 5.1 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 8K, 3 BB

Jake Carmichael SV (1), 1.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 2 BB


By:  Coach Love