Indians drop conference opener to Carterville, bounce back with wins over Freeburg, Sparta
WIll Woodside races home with one of Du Quoin's six runs against Carterville. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
April 8, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - Du Quoin dropped their conference opener on Monday, April 2 at home against Carterville, but entered the weekend winners of two straight after defeating Freeburg on Wednesday, Sparta on Thursday.
The Lions fought off a late rally by the Indians win 9-6, and got started in the top of the first inning with three straight hits by Bryce Anderson, Cam Hall and Cole Sizemore, followed by a sacrifice fly by Brock Tuttle that made it 2-0.
"We had a slow start, they didn't," said DHS head coach Kyle Geiger. "They took what they were given, they hit the gaps, they hit down the line. They came out ready to hit, we didn't. We've got to make an adjustment offensively. We've got guys who are not adjusting from at-bat to at-bat."
Carterville tacked on two more in the fourth and two more an inning later before Du Quoin finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with four runs despite not registering a single hit. Four walks and an error allowed the Indians back into the game at 6-4 heading to the sixth.
But the Lions weren't done yet, taking advantage of an error with three singles in their three-run sixth inning. Du Quoin got two back in the bottom of the sixth after a double by Slade West and singles by WIll Woodside, Ryan Myers (RBI) and Alex Zimmerman (RBI), but couldn't draw any closer.
Zimmerman (1-3, R, RBI, BB), West (1-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB), Woodside (1-3, R, BB), Myers (1-3, RBI) and Owen Bradley (2-3, BB) had hits for the Indians against the Lions. Stewart took the loss, giving up seven hits and five earned runs in four and two-thirds innings.
"Hank did what he had to do," Geiger said. "We had our opportunities to make some plays. We gave away a couple outs. (Stewart) gave us a good five innings, his pitch count was getting up there. He did his job, we just didn't get it done offensively."
Neither team had scored in Wednesday's meeting with Freeburg when Du Quoin exploded for five runs in the fifth on their way to a 12-3 win over the Midgets. Freshman hurler Owen Bradley allowed two earned runs on six hits in six and a third innings of work on the mound to get the win.
"Owen Bradley threw fantastic," Geiger said. "The offense came together tonight, we had four players with multiple hits."
A two-run homer by Stewart and RBI singles by Bryzn Witcher and Woodside highlighted the five-run fifth for Du Quoin. Freeburg then got three runs in the sixth with the help of an error before the Indians put it away with seven in the bottom of the inning. Bradley and Nick Depyatic both connected on two-run singles in the rally.
Depyatic (2-5, 2 RBI), Zimmerman (1-5, R, 2B), Stewart (1-3, R, RBI, HR, 2 BB), Bradley (2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB), WItcher (1-3, R, RBI, SAC), Woodside (1-3, R, RBI, BB), Tevin Lee (2-3, 2 R, 2 HBP) and Brian Winters (2-3, 2 R, HBP) hit safely for DHS in the win over Freeburg.
The following afternoon the Indians evened up their conference record at 1-1 while improving their season mark to 6-3 by dominating Sparta 12-2.
Lee hit his first of three doubles in the game during a four-run first inning for the Indians and finished 3-for-4 on the day. Ashton Smith (2-4) tripled and had 3 RBIs, Witcher (2-3) had a pair of hits and an RBI, and Woodside (1-1) drew two walks and had an RBI.
"The bats were alive again today for the second game in a row," Geiger said. "We've had really good approaches at the plate and we're really working on situational hitting and trying to get runs in when they're in scoring position."
Witcher got the victory, allowing two earned runs on four hits and ten walks with one strikeout.
(Photos by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com)