Indians complete season sweep of Wildcats with 8-3 win
Alex Zimmerman stands at third base after delivering and RBI for the Indians in their 8-3 win over Anna-Jonesboro. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
April 23, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - Du Quoin completed the season sweep of Anna-Jonesboro on Friday at home, knocking off the Wildcats 8-3 behind Bryzn Witcher on the mound and big RBI hits from the top three spots in the lineup.
A-J got a run on two hits in the top of the first, but the Indians were quick to answer in the bottom of the inning. Klayton Donoghue walked, Alex Zimmerman reached on an error, then Tevin Lee drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Lee would later score when Ashton Smith reached on an error, giving DHS a 2-1 lead.
The Indians led 3-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning where they did the bulk of their damage on the scoreboard. Donoghue, Zimmerman and Lee all had RBI hits in the four-run inning, which gave Witcher more than enough run support to work with on the hill. The big right-hander allowed nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts, pitching out of jams when he needed to.
"He was locked in," said DHS head coach Kyle Geiger. "He threw the ball very, very well. We could tell early in the game they had some first-pitch swingers, they were going to be aggressive, and I told him what Alex did to them at their place was kept them off-balance, hit spots, and that's exactly what he did and what he needed to do. We played good defense behind him, got outs when we needed to, didn't give anything away."
Donoghue (1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB), Zimmerman (2-4, R, RBI, 2 2B), Lee (1-4, R, 2 RBI), Witcher (1-3, 2B) and Will Woodside (1-2, R, SAC) had Du Quoin's hits.
"We had a great preparation in practice," Geiger said. "We tried to work on some scenarios and some situational stuff. That's kind of what I've been preaching the past couple weeks anyway, you've got to make adjustments. We really did that offensively, made some adjustments, knew who we were going to face. I told them to put the ball in pay and see what happens and that's what they did."
Du Quoin improved to 12-5, 5-3 with the victory.
Photos by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com