There was no shortage of power in the Class 2A Sectional final at Roy Herndon Field in Linton on May 31.
The Linton-Stockton Miners pounded out a dozen hits -- including four home runs -- and got a stellar relief effort from Ty Scott as they claimed their second straight sectional title with a 12-7 win over Eastern Greene.
The Miners four dingers included a go-ahead grand slam from Abe Neff in a five-run fourth inning.
"Our bats have been there all year, we've been able to score runs," Linton-Stockton coach Matt Fougerousse said. "It's been our pitching and defense."
But how things changed less than a week later when the Miners hosted the class 2A regional.
After disposing of top-ranked Forest Park enroute to winning a baseball sectional, South Spencer outscored the host Miners 29-5 over the final five innings as the Rebels advanced to the Class 2A Regional title game with a 31-10 victory.
The Rebels fell behind 5-1 after the first and trailed 5-2 before scoring six in the third and fifth, four more in the sixth and tacking on 13 runs in the seventh inning.
"They are a very good hitting ball club," Fougerousse told his coaching staff after watching the Rebels defeat North Posey 11-9 in their sectional title game three days earlier. "There are no easy outs up and down the line-up."
It was the second year in a row that a sectional championship turned into a regional blowout. In 2010 in what proved to be Bart Berns' final game as Miner coach, Providence defeated the Miners 23-3.
In the first five games of the 2011 postseason (four sectional, one regional) at Roy Herndon Field, the winners outscored the losers 102-29.
South Spencer went on to win the IHSAA Class 2A State Championship a few weeks later.