Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 28, 2013

Shiners end Cougars’ championship season

Madison — For this year’s members of the South Decatur baseball team, Monday’s trip to Madison was their first experience battling for a sectional championship. The Cougars were facing Rising Sun, ranked in the top 10 in Class 1A throughout most of the season. Standing in the way of the Cougars’ dreams was Rising Sun senior pitcher Nathan Hannan.

“He’s tough,” said South head coach Andy Seegers. “By far, the best we’ve seen all year. We knew that coming into the game.”

The sixth-ranked Shiners gave Hannan support in the form of five runs in the top of the first inning on four hits.

South made it 5-1 in the third. Senior Connor Hermesch, who started the game on the mound, reached base and scored on junior Taylor Kopplin’s single.

South threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning. Kopplin tallied a base hit and stole second base. However, Hannan retired the next three batters - the final two on strikeouts.

Junior Tyler Hahn led off the seventh inning to extend the season for his team. He struck out, but had a chance to reach base when the third strike eluded the catcher. However, Hahn was retired at first base.

Gatewood relieved Hermesch after the first inning. Gatewood allowed just one run (unearned), one hit, one walk, and struck out 10 batters. He retired 11 straight Shiners at one point.

Hannan struck out 13 Cougars and walked two.

Kopplin led with at the plate with a 2-for-3 effort, with a stolen base and an RBI. Gatewood went 1-for-3 with a steal. Senior Taylor Campos reached on a fielder’s choice and stole a base, while Hahn and junior Austin Petro each walked. Sophomore Damen Martin added a sacrifice.

Rising Sun (21-3) out-hit South just 5-4, but South committed three errors.

South finishes the season 15-7 and the outright champion of the Mid-Hoosier Conference, the first MHC title in 36 years.

“This is a memorable season,” said Seegers. “There’s nothing to hang our head on. Hopefully the young guys will see this and start building on it.”

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


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