Shakamak bats wake up for 14-2 pounding of WRV

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Draven Cox awaits a pitch. He rapped out a double and a home run for Shakamak.
By Andrew Bowen

SWITZ CITY -- The Lakers bats awakened Tuesday evening and they pummeled host White River Valley 14-2 in baseball.

Shakamak rapped out 10 hits, including a home run by Draven Cox, to rout their hosts in five innings.

“That was a big fly ball there,” said Shakamak coach Todd Gambill.

Wyatt McCammon singles in a run for WRV in the fourth inning.
By Andrew Bowen

The Lakers struck early and often, taking a 5-1 lead after one inning, scoring three in the second and two in each of the remaining innings. After that first inning, the Wolverines would manage only one run in the bottom of the fourth, Dalton York reaching first on a dropped third strike and ocming home on Jeromy Golden’s single to right.

Logan Kinnett helped lead Shakamak with two hits, including a triple. Devin Stienstra, Parker Green, and Cox slammed doubles for the Lakers.

The win improved Shakamak’s record to 4-5, 2-1 in Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference play while WRV fell to 0-5, 0-1.

Shakamak first baseman Mason Wood snaps back his glove after taking a throw from catcher Draven Cox in an attempt to catch Dalton York at the bag. York reached first on a dropped third strike and went on to score.
By Andrew Bowen

“I’m happy to see us get our bats going,” Gambill. “We hit quite a few hard shots. “

He praised the Wolverine defenders for stopping many of those hard shots. Gambill said the entire Shakamak batting order, including its reserves, put good wood on the bat. He noted leadoff batter Lane Gilbert got on base in every at-bat.

“They’re hitting the ball hard,” he said. “I was really pleased with the hits.”

Even though the Laker pitchers held WRV to only two hits (Wyatt McCammon had the Wolverines’ other single), WRV coach Chris Cornelius said he was pleased by his team’s fight.

“We battled a little better tonight,” he said. “We put a couple of runs on the board.”

“We’re just young and struggling,” he continued. “Our two best pitchers are out.”

He explained one is injured while the other has to sit out a week for academic reasons. However, he said Cade Eaton threw well for the Wolverines, giving up only two walks in five innings, “which is a huge improvement for us.” Cornelius added he was glad Eaton didn’t give the Lakers any free pases which had been a problem for WRV in recent games.

Gambill said he was pleased by the effort of all three Shakamak hurlers: Green threw the first inning and “did a nice job,” Theron Kennett pitched the next three innings and “threw a lot of strikes,” and Gilbert closed the game, retiring the WRV batters one-two-three in the bottom of the fifth.

“We’re trying to get better each day,” Cornelius said. He noted WRV will soon be going up against some teams that are not as formidable as Shakamak.

Shakamak will travel to Vincennes Rivet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Gambill said he hopes the Lakers can keep their winning streak alive.

“I hope we hit the ball again,” he added.

WRV will host Eminence at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.

Shakamak 532 22 -- 14 10 2

WRV 100 10 -- 2 2 4

Green, Kennett (2), Gilbert (5), and Cox; Eaton and Banning. W -- Green. L -- Eaton. 2B -- Cox (S), Green (S), Stienstra (S). 3B -- L. Kinnett (S). HR -- Cox (S). SF -- Wood (S).

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