By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – Host McCreary Central fell behind early and couldn’t recover from its slow start as Southwestern pulled away to win 15-2 in five innings in a 48th District baseball game on Wednesday, April 18.
Southwestern pitcher Trevor Andrus earned the win. In a solid outing, Andrus allowed two runs on four hits over four innings, striking out one and walking one. Another pitcher, Jordan Smith, threw two-thirds of an inning in relief for the Warriors.
McCreary Central pitcher Blake Corder took the loss. Corder worked three innings, allowing 10 runs on eight hits.
Southwestern set the tone early, scoring three runs in the top half of the first inning. Then, following a scoreless inning, Southwestern erupted for seven hits in the top half of the third inning to take a commanding 10-0 lead.
McCreary Central plated both of its runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning. But Southwestern answered, countering with five runs of its own in the top half of the fifth inning to lead 15-2.
Helping his pitching cause at the plate, Andrus led Southwestern with two hits in three at-bats. Andrus was one of several Southwestern batters excelling at the plate during the 48th District clash.
Thriving both offensively and defensively, Southwestern exited the district matchup without an error.
Grant Hamner went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the McCreary Central offensive effort. Hamner was the only McCreary Central to provided multiple hits in the setback.
McCreary Central committed one error in the district loss.