Sweep of Herrin sends DHS to 3-0
Bryzn Witcher delivers a strikeout pitch during game one vs. Herrin. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
March 18, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - Du Quoin baseball is 3-0 following Saturday's home doubleheader sweep of Herrin, as the Indians took game one 5-1, and game two 4-3.
Hank Stewart led off the game for the Indians with a solo homer to left field to make it 1-0, then Alex Zimmerman and Tevin Lee each smacked RBI doubles in front of an RBI single by Ashton Smith in a three-run third, and DHS was in command up 4-0.
Bryzn Witcher worked the first four and a third innings for the Indians without allowing a run, surrendering four hits and one walk with five Ks before turning things over to Brian Winters, who was nearly as good as Witcher. Winters allowed on run on a single in the fifth, but shut down the Tigers the rest of the way and finished with three hits and a walk allowed.
Stewart (2-3, 2 R, RBI, HR, 2B, BB), Zimmerman (2-3, R, RBI, 2B, HBP), Lee (2-3, R, RBI, 2B), Smith (1-3, 2 RBI), and Winters (1-3) had hits for DHS in game one.
In game two it was Herrin striking first against Du Quoin starter Zimmerman with two base hits in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead. The Indians struck right back, though, plating two runs thanks to three Herrin errors and a sacrifice fly by Charley Mercier.
Herrin tied it up in the third on an unearned run as both team's bats cooled off until the bottom of the sixth, where the Indians were able to push in front for good. Lee led off with a single, then Smith walked, and then Ryan Myers bunted and reached on an error, allowing Lee to score. Will Woodside followed with a sac fly for an insurance run to make it 4-2.
On in relief, Woodside got in a jam in the top of the seventh after two walks and a single cut the lead to 4-3, but Stewart came on to get the last out and preserve the victory for Du Quoin.
Zimmerman went five innings and gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four. Lee (1-2, R, HBP) had Du Quoin's only official hit of game two.
The Indians (3-0) will put their unbeaten record on the line Monday at home against Red Bud.
(Photos by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com)