Jasonville ends Clay county unbeaten streak
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Jasonville made the most of six hits on Wednesday night to end Clay County Post 2’s unbeaten streak at nine games by a 9-3 count in American Legion baseball action.
The visitors got four RBIs from Nick Kinnett, including a two-run double in a five-run seventh inning that broke open what had been a tight contest to that point.
Clay County was able to play first inning small ball to take an early 1-0 lead. Ethan Grayless drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a passed ball. A base hit by Keegan Garrison moved Grayless to third and Jaxon Abbott brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
The run proved to be a bit of an anomaly for Clay County against Jasonville hurler Trevor Miller. The rising Shakamak High School junior was able to silence Post 2’s bats for much of his six innings of mound work. In fact, Miller allowed just two hits and three total baserunners over his stint.
Clay County went with a pitching by committee approach Wednesday evening with a home tournament slated for the weekend. With four potential games over three days, the Clay County coaching staff limited each pitcher’s innings against Jasonville. No pitcher went more than two innings and seven hurlers took to the hill with Kade Roembke starting and tossing two scoreless, hitless frames.
Grayless came in to relieve Roembke to start the third inning and ran into a bit of trouble via control problems. A lead off walk to Levi Helt and a another to Levi Webb put runners in scoring position after a wild pitch. However, Grayless recovered to strike out Tyler Vivian and Kane Wade before coaxing a ground ball out from Brady Yeryar to get out of the jam.
Clay County held its tentative 1-0 lead into the fourth inning when Jasonville took advantage of some more control issues.
Devin Stienstra was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch and Ethan Burdette drew a walk. Grayless looked like he might get out of another tight situation when Draven Cox hit a sharp grounder to third base where Jace Harper caught Stienstra in a run down for the second out. However, Kinnett came through with the first of two, two-run base hits. Kinnett’s shot to right field scored Burdette and Cox to put Jasonville ahead 2-1.
Once the visitors broke through on the scoreboard the trickle of runs would later become a torrent.
While Clay County still couldn’t solve Miller on the mound, who struck out four and walked just one in six innings, Jasonville added to its lead in the sixth inning.
Levi Webb reached as a fly ball dropped in right field and he moved to third on passed balls. A walk to Vivian and a stolen base put both runners in scoring position. Kane Keller drove in a run with an RBI ground out and Yeryar followed with a run scoring single for a 4-1 Jasonville advantage.
Benjamin Goshen lead off the sixth inning with a base hit for Clay County, the first hit since the first inning for the home squad. However, he was erased as Zeke Newton’s pop fly dropped and since Goshen had to hold up to see if it was caught, he was forced out at second base. Miller would get Keegan Garrison and Abbott to end the inning.
Jasonville broke the game open with some timely seventh inning hitting after a pair of one-out walks allowed by Jacob LaFary. With Burdette and Cox on base, Kinnett smacked a two-run double to push the lead out to 6-1. Jasonville wasn’t done however as Miller had a base hit and Logan Burris came through with a run scoring single. After LaFary struck out Mason Horton, Helt lined a single and a balk scored Burris for a 9-1 Jasonville lead.
To credit Clay County, Post 2 would rally back in its half of the seventh inning with a pair of runs.
Caleb Swearingen came off the bench to smack a base hit and Hasler laid down a sacrifice bunt. Korbin Allen followed with a looping base hit to left field. Hunter Adams came through with a two-run single through the short stop hole under a leaping Swearingen.
Clay County wasn’t able to mount another rally however as Webb came in to finish out the final two innings without allowing a hit. Swearingen and Goshen closed out the game with a scoreless inning of work apiece for Clay County.
Post 2 will host Terre Haute, Kokomo and Charleston this weekend with Clay County taking on Terre Haute on Friday evening at 6 p.m. The Saturday slate has Clay County facing Kokomo at 12:15 p.m. and Charleston at 2:30 p.m. Sunday will feature a 1:15 p.m. third-place game and a 3:30 p.m. championship game.
At Northview High School
Clay County Post 2 batting (ab-r-h-rbi): Benjamin Goshen 4-0-1-0; Ethan Grayless 1-1-0-0; Kade Roembke 2-0-0-0; Zeke Newton 2-0-0-0; Keegan Garrison 3-0-1-0; Jaxon Abbott 2-0-0-1; Seth Rounds 2-0-0-0; Caleb Swearingen 2-1-1-0; Bailey Hasler 2-0-0-0; Brevin Cooper 1-0-0-0; Korbin Allen 3-1-1-0; Levi Adams 1-0-0-0; Jace Harper 1-0-0-0; Jacob LaFary 2-0-0-0; Hunter Adams 2-0-1-2. Totals: 30-3-5-3.
Jasonville batting (ab-r-h-rbi): Devin Stienstra 3-0-0-0; Ethan Burdette 2-2-0-0; Draven Cox 2-2-0-0; Nick Kinnett 2-1-2-4; Trevor Miller 3-1-1-0; Logan Burris 3-1-1-1; Mason Horton 3-0-0-0; Levi Helt 2-0-1-1; Levi Webb 2-1-0-0; Tyler Vivian 2-1-0-0; Kane Wade 3-0-0-1; Brady Yeryar 3-0-1-1; Grant Horton 3-0-0-0. Totals: 33-9-6-8.
LOB--Jasonville 5, Clay County 5. ERR--Zeke Newton. 2B--Nick Kinnett. HBP-- Stienstra. SACF--Jaxon Abbott. SACB--Bailey Hassler. SB--T Vivian, Ethan Burdette.
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