Times Staff Reporter
TERRE HAUTE -- The Terre Haute Wayne Newton Post #346 Legion baseball team matched sweltering 100-degree temperatures with an equally scorching performance against Greene County on Wednesday.
Wayne Newton's offensive onslaught was aided by an RBI single by Jacob Hayes, an RBI double and sac fly by Michael Eberle, a three-run throwing error, an RBI double by Dougie Collett and a solo homerun by A.J. Reed.
Then the second inning started.
Post #346 put up 10 runs total in the first inning and didn't let up, scoring in all but one inning, and even batting around a second time in the fifth, en route to a 21-1 walloping of a lethargic Post #196 squad. Despite his team's laughably large margin of victory, coach John Hayes did little in the way of boasting.
"It was a win," Hayes said. "I've been on the other end of one of these games and it's not fun. But I told the kids to keep swinging the bats and they did."
Not to be overlooked in the juggernaut offensive performance was the pitching of John Patterson.
On an evening where adequacy would have more than sufficed, Patterson was electric, allowing just one hit and no runs over five innings, while walking three and striking out four.
All the more impressive was that the game marked Patterson's first start after three relief appearances. Hayes said he felt his young pitcher hit a rhythm early and hoped his impressive outing would lead to a big boost in his confidence on the mound.
"(Patterson) came in and really responded," Hayes said. "As a young pitcher, he needs innings to get more confident and he looked to be doing so as the game went on."
As the game continued, so did Wayne Newton's scoring.
Collett finished the game with six RBI's including a three-run homer putting his team over the usually elusive 20-run mark. A.J. Reed was also able to follow his first inning homer with an RBI single. Also batting in a run in the fifth inning was Andrew Gauer.
Greene County's lone run came on a seventh inning sac fly by Tyler Richardson.
The win drove Terre Haute's record to 12-4.
Coach Hayes seemed pleased with the continued progress of his ball club, and said he was expecting the momentum to carry over into games in the near future.
"It was a nice win," Hayes said. "Everything we hit, we hit hard. If we keep swinging the bats this well and playing with this kind of intensity, good things will continue to happen."
Post #346 returns to action tonight with a game at Vincennes.
At Terre Haute North
Terre Haute 21 Greene County 1
2B- Lindsey (GC) Hayes, Collett, Eberle (TH) HR- Collett, Reed (TH)
Eller 1 0 0 0 1