Just two weeks ago, the Indians beat Southwestern 4-3 to kick off their season. It was a different story when the Indians traveled to Shipman Monday afternoon to take on the Southwestern Piasa Birds. Southwestern pushed 4 runs over in the first inning and it was an uphill battle the rest of the game. The Indians tried to make a comeback in the fifth inning with the help of Eli Fox’s double, but it could not ignite the offense as the Indians could only cash in for 3 runs the score to 8-4.
The Birds came back in the bottom half of the sixth inning and got those four runs back and more, crossing the plate 5 times to bring the score to 13-4. With only one inning left to play, the Indians could not connect for one hit in the top of the sixth. The four game winning streak was abolished after Southwestern took the 13-4 victory.
Eli Fox was the big stick Monday afternoon as he led the team from the plate with 3 hits on 4 at bats. Eli had a pair of doubles and one single, along with 1 RBI. Fox’s big double that landed nearly 2 foot away from the left field fence came in the fifth inning as he batted in the first run of the inning. Soon after the double, Nick Price and Blake Middleton were able to connect to bat in 2 more runs, but the fire was blown out there. The next 2 batters were struck out and the run production was silenced. Other hitters from Monday’s game were: Bryce McKinney (2 for 4), Josh Balzraine (2 or 4), Nick Price (1 for 2, 1 RBI), and Owen Carter (1 for 2).
3 Indian pitchers were called in to perhaps stop the bleeding. Bryce McKinney started out the game for the Indian crew and pitched a solid three innings as he faced 23 batters and waved 2 of them. McKinney surrendered 8 hits, 7 runs (1 earned), and 3 walks. Roberts relieved McKinney in the fourth inning and pitched for 1 2/3 innings as he faced 15 batters before he was yanked. Roberts gave up 3 walks, 6 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) in his effort. Jake Reiniesch was brought in to get the final out in the fifth inning after 5 runs had already crossed the plate. Reiniesch faced only 2 batters and he gave up only a single hit before he got the last out for the Indians. McKinney was granted the loss for the Indians.
The Indians are 9 games into the season and have only a couple weeks left of games on the schedule. The Indians followed Monday’s performance with a duel against Staunton Tuesday night. The Indians lost 7-3 as all runs from both teams were scored in the very first inning. McDaniel led the offense against Staunton as he went a perfect 2 for 2 with a double. Other hitters from Tuesday’s game were: Nick Price (1 for 3, 1 RBI), Blake Middleton (1 for 3, 1 RBI), and Owen Carter (1 for 3). The loss Tuesday night sent the Indians on a 2 day rest and brought their record to 5-4 on the season. The Indians head to Mt. Olive tonight to take on the Bombers for another chance to break the losing streak. The Indians lost to Mt. Olive 1-4 when they faced them in the first week of the season.
UP NEXT: The Indians head to Mt. Olive tonight (September 1) at 4:15pm.