The Middle School Indians head to the semi-finals in their regional after Tuesday nights victory over Madison. The Indians led the game ever since the first inning when they were able to get a 2-0 lead over 5th ranked Madison. The Indians went on to have a scoreless second inning, but tacked on 3 runs in the third inning and 5 more in the fourth before the game was ended early after the 10-0 short game.
Gillespie, third rank in the regional, had the edge Tuesday with Eli Fox on the mound. Fox was the king of the hill for the Indians as he once again pitched his heart out, lasting 4 of the 5 innings for the Indians and only surrendering 1 hit and 3 walks. There were few mistakes in the first round regional game as Fox and the defensive squad battled out of every tight position and only posted 1 error. Fox seemed to be sporting his “strikeout-changeup” Tuesday night, resulting in 9 strikeouts from the 16 batters faced. Fox was replaced in the 5th inning by Blake Middleton. Middleton faced only three batters in the short fifth inning and managed to strike out two of them.
The Indians were led by both Nick Price and Eli Fox from the plate in Tuesday’s matchup. Nick Price, who bats in the cleanup position for this very reason, carried the team as he went 2 for 3, including a double, with 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Eli Fox, number 3 batter, also went 2 for 3 with 2 singles. Other hitters in the Indians’ first regional win were: McDaniel (1 for 2, 1 RBI), Balzraine (1 for 3), and Vogel (1 for 3). Owen Carter went hitless for the Indians, but still added to the run production with his single RBI.
The arms are on ice and the batting cage is being utilized as the Indians have 3 days off before they return in the semi-finals. The Indians will be in full swing Saturday afternoon as they take on Staunton for the third time this season. The Indians, 9-6 on the season, recorded two loses from Staunton to this point with one being a 12-2 defeat.
With a victory Saturday afternoon, the Indians will head into the Regional Championship which will be played Monday afternoon at Welfare Park in Gillespie. The Indians are no stranger to the regional semi-finals as this is the fifth consecutive year they have reached it.
UP NEXT: The Indians take on Staunton in the semi-finals of the Regionals, Saturday, September 17 at 12:15 in the afternoon.