Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 6, 2013

Pirates win second in two nights

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg baseball team continued Friday where it left off in Thursday’s opener, defeating host South Ripley 14-2 in five innings.

The Pirates used a combination of pitching and hitting in both games, outscoring its first two opponents 37-2.

“It’s good to start with a couple wins,” said head coach Scott Holdsworth. “Our guys have really only been in baseball mode for a couple weeks. It’s very early yet. We had some good moments and we had some moments we’re going to work on improving, because it’s so early.”

Greensburg picked up a 23-0 win to open the season Thursday over visiting Milan.

Senior Luke Kane pitched a perfect game during a five-inning outing. Kane tallied nine strikeouts without allowing a base runner.

Senior Riley Billieu and junior Collin Rigney each recorded three hits and five runs batted in.

Highlighting a seven-run second inning were a run-scoring double by junior Macy Holdsworth and a two-run home run by Billieu. Rigney capped the scoring with a two-run single after three straight had reached on walks, plating junior Tom Lawrence and sophomore Josiah Buell.

Schultz and Meadows each recorded two hits, four runs and two stolen bases. Meadows drove in three runs.

Senior designated hitter Kyle Moeller also drove in a run, stole a base and scored twice.

Buell walked twice and scored twice.

Burcham, Greensburg’s leadoff hitter, scored three times and walked twice, adding a steal.

Doubles:  Burcham, Rigney 2, Holdsworth, Schultz.

Steals:  Burcham, Rigney, Schultz 2, Meadows 2, Moeller.

Coach Holdsworth said the hitters are getting more comfortable at the plate and being aggressive after a shortened practice schedule following the winter sports season.

“We’re working to just get into baseball mode, and get as many opportunities while we can,” he said. “Also, taking care of our pitching..,those things will come.”

Pirates run-rule Raiders 14-2 Friday

The Pirates scored 14 unanswered runs Friday, including 11 runs in the third inning, to beat South Ripley 14-2. The Raiders scored two in the first inning, but Greensburg tied it in the second.

Highlighting the big third inning was a 2-run home run off the bat of senior Austin Schultz. one of seven hits in the frame. The Pirates added a run in the fourth.

Schultz led Greensburg with four hits, while Holdsworth and Moeller each added two.

Burcham recorded eight strikeouts in three innings in his first start of the season, which was a winning one. He struck out three batters in the first inning. Riley Billieu pitched the final two innings in relief.

The Pirates tallied 12 hits, while Ripley tallied three.

Ripley committed four errors, while Greensburg committed three.

Doubles:  Billieu, Moeller, Lawrence.

RBI’s:  Burcham, Holdsworth, Schultz 2, Meadows 2, Billieu 2, Moeller 2.

Greensburg next visits Connersville Tuesday, Franklin County Thursday and Jennings County Friday, before hosting South Decatur Tuesday. Thursday’s game opens Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference action.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.