Chargers take care of Mounties in provincial baseball

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NEW MARKET – North Montgomery baseball wrapped up a five-game week Saturday as the Chargers made the short trip to the southern part of Montgomery County for a Sagamore Conference and county showdown with Southmont. After using a seven-run seventh to beat Harrison 9-4 on Friday, the Chargers were able to take on their county rivals and win 12-1.

North Montgomery (6-3, 2-3 SAC) got on the board with a three-run third and took advantage of two straight errors by Southmont (0-7, 0-5 SAC) when a Corbin Meadows hit past the second Mountie baseman came CJ Nieuwgent. South scored its lone run in the bottom of the third when Dean McGauhey singled and later scored before recording the third out on the basepaths. North added four runs in the fourth, three more in the fifth and two in the seventh.

“We’ve been performing a lot better lately and can get some wins out of that, but we know it could have been a better week,” Charger coach Matt Voorhees said. “We scored twelve runs, but I still felt like we left too many men on base. Give South credit, because (Phisher) Benge and (Cale) Chadd did a good job early. “We wouldn’t want to have as many strikeouts as we did today, but we were still able to get twelve hits and score twelve runs, so that was good to see, especially against a conference and county opponent.”

Recent Wabash commit Jarrod Kirsch got the start for the Chargers on the mound and gave up just one hit in five innings and struck out 10 while walking three. Roman Utterback came in and pitched two perfect innings while striking out five of the six batters he faced. Kirsch went 3-4 at the plate, while Ross Dyson went 2-4, as did Meadows and Cade Cole. Isaiah Hopkins, Austin Sulc and Utterback each had one goal for the Chargers in the provincial win.

Southmont and their young team will continue to adopt a one-game-at-a-time mentality, while the Mounties will use the lessons they’ve learned to continue trying to improve themselves. Where Mountie coach Bill Woods wants to see the most improvement is on the defensive end, as South committed six errors in the loss.

“If we don’t do the routine, we’re going to continue to struggle,” Woods said. “I thought Phisher pitched well and after about three innings he was down to 45 pitches. IF we had played some action behind him he could have been even lower. I would like to see some of our veteran guys like Gunnar and Cale start hitting as well. We have to start scoring some points.”

McGauhey did have the only Mountie hit. Benge in three and a third innings gave up seven runs, but earned only three on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one. Chadd pitched an inning and two-thirds and gave up three runs (all earned), while striking out four and walking three on three hits. Shirk came in to pitch the final two innings and gave up two hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out and walking one.

“Coach Woods and Coach Chadd are doing a good job with this team and they’re just really young,” Voorhees said of the Mounties. “I think their future is bright and they just have to stay the course and keep working. Coach (Brett) Motz and I talk a lot about how we want really good baseball in Montgomery County and that includes wanting to see this program succeed.”

North returns to action on Monday as another five-game week begins. The Chargers welcome West Lafayette on Monday and travel to Frankfort on Tuesday before hosting the Hot Dogs on Wednesday. They travel to Parke Heritage on Friday and host Seeger on Saturday.

Southmont welcomes section foe Greencastle on Monday and will have more county action on Tuesday and Wednesday when they take on Crawfordsville.