Miners unable to defend title against Raiders
HUNTINGBURG – The Linton-Stockton Miners found themselves in a hole early in Monday’s sectional semifinal against the Southridge Raiders. And the Miners were unable to dig their way out.
Southridge struck for three runs in the top of the second inning. And the three tallies were all the run production the Raiders would need.
Southridge advanced to the championship round of Class 2A Sectional 47, handing two-time defending sectional champion Linton-Stockton a 5-1 setback at Huntingburg’s League Stadium.
“Hats off to Southridge,” said Miners coach Matt Fougerousse. “They’re a good ball club.”
The coach went on to say, “It just wasn’t meant to be today. I hate it for our seniors. We just didn’t come up with timely hits today.”
Joe LaGrange started things off for the Raiders in the fateful second with a bloop single to left. Pitcher Logan Seger was safe on a bang-bang play at first and the No. 9 hitter Camden Gasser walked to load the bases.
A free pass to Colin Smith brought in LaGrange. Seger’s courtesy runner Cort Gruber crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice. Colson Montgomery found the hole between first and second driving in Smith.
Linton’s lone run came in the bottom of the third. Josh Pyne worked a two-out walk and raced home on Noah Woodward’s double into the gap in right center.
Southridge added an insurance run in the fifth and tacked on another in the seventh.
Chase Taylor smacked a double down the third base line to lead off the fifth. Patrick Sander, running for the catcher Taylor, came around to score on Seger’s base hit to right center.
Seger did the damage again in the seventh, lining a single to center with Jayce Harter on third after a leadoff walk.
The Miners had scoring opportunities but couldn’t cash in.
Cory Anderson led off the fourth frame with a single to center and advanced to second on Dreyden Ward’s sacrifice bunt. Kyle Anderson followed with a liner to left for a base hit. A walk to Dane Witty loaded the bases but all three were left stranded.
Linton’s first two hitters in the fifth, Pyne and Woodward were hit by pitches. Neither advanced.
With one away, Cory Anderson stung the ball sharply – right at the shortstop Montgomery who snagged it.
“We had chances,” coach Fougerousse said. “We had bases loaded and couldn’t get a hit. We had first and second with no outs and didn’t get anything.
“So we had opportunities to put some runs on the board and we just didn’t.”
The Miners ended the season 20-9.
CLASS 2A Sectional 47
RAIDERS 5, MINERS 1
Southridge 030 010 1 – 5 8 0
Linton-Stockton 001 000 0 – 1 4 2
SOUTHRIDGE (21-6) – Logan Seger (W) and Chase Taylor. Top hitters: Seger 3-4, 2 RBI; Camden Gasser 2-3; Taylor 1-3; Joe LaGrange 1-3. 2B: Taylor.
LINTON-STOCKTON (20-9) – Kip Fougerousse (L), Noah Woodward (3) and Kyle Anderson. Top hitters: Woodward 1-3, RBI; Cory Anderson 1-3; Kyle Anderson 1-3. 2B: Fougerousse, Woodward. S: Dreyden Ward.