Indians Fall In Opening Round Of State Tournament

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Madison Central (30-7) entered the State Tournament riding high after winning the eleventh region. They match up with Bowling Green (21-11) the winners of the fourth region. Indians had the last game of the opening round and it turned into one of the best games thus far in the state tournament.

Madison Central was the home team in the game, only fitting as they are the closest team to Whitaker Bank Ball Park. Indians ran Devin Eckler to the mound to face the Purples. Eckler walks a hitter in the first but he is erased by a 6-4-3 double play. Indian’s bats came to life in the home half of the first. Logan Thomason and Scott Simmons get back to back hits and then Ben Snapp, one of the heroes of the regional tournament, stepped up and smacked a two run double and quickly the Indians were up two nothing. Jacob Ferris pinch ran for Snapp and he proceded to steal third and scored when a balk was called on Bowling Green starter Ben Ginter making it three nothing after an inning of play. Advance to the third inning and Bowling Green’s Ross reached on error, one of four errors in the game for Madison Central, and later scored on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead down to two at three to one.

Top of the fourth the Purples come to life at the plate when Will Garske hit a solid double over leftfielders Tyler Storie head. A base hit from Dennis Trevor and a throwing error from Eckler on a pick off attempt allowed Bowling Green to tie the game at three. Indians answer those two runs with a pair of their own. Indians get back to back walks to start the inning. That runs Purple’s starter Ben Ginter from the game. Ginter finished with three innings, allowing five hits and five runs. He walked three while striking out one. Charlie Key comes in relief and allowed a Sacrifice fly to Trey Eden and Logan Thomason followed with an RBI single to put Central back on top five to three.
We go to the sixth inning and that’s when the Purple’s bats came to life. Devin Eckler pitched to one batter and he plunked him. He gets pulled after going five innings allowing four hits and four runs. Two of those runs were earned. He struck out three and walked one. Lucas Myers replaced Eckler and Myers strikes out the first hitter he faced. He then allows a walk, a double, and single and he faces four batters before being removed for James Goble. Purples erupt for five runs on four hits and take an eight to six lead. Home half of the sixth Indians load the bases and Bryce Travis walks with the bases loaded bringing home a run. Trevor Dennis comes in and gets out of the jam and Indians leave the bases loaded. That was the second consecutive inning the Indians left the bags packed, they stranded twelve men in total. Bottom of the seventh Indians get a runner and Scott Simmons looks at a questionable called third strike and that’s how the season ends. Indians fall eight to six.

For the Indians they finish the year at 30-8. They win the region and finish the season ranked in the top five of the state. Logan Thomason and Ben Snapp finish with two each. Devin Hukill adds a hit, Bryce Travis with a hit. Snapp finishes with two RBI. Key stat of the game will be number of runners left on base, Indians strand twelve including bases loaded in the fifth and sixth.
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