Du Quoin falls 6-5 in extra innings on Senior Day
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
May 8, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - Senior Day at Du Quoin didn't go exactly as the Indians had hoped, letting a 3-0 lead slip away and coming up a run short in extra innings against Murphysboro, falling 6-5 in nine.
"You can't win a whole lot of games with three runs," said DHS head coach Kyle Geiger. "We need to add on, figure out how to get more. We score early in the game, there's no reason we shouldn't be able to do that for seven innings. We're not doing that right now."
After the massive class of a dozen seniors were introduced and recognized prior to the game, two of them went right to work in the bottom of the first inning to put DHS out in front. Hank Stewart and Charley Mercier both drove in runs with base hits to make it 2-0.
Stewart (single) and Brian Winters (double) each had hits in the third, and Mercier reached on an error, producing Du Quoin's third tally of the day. The 3-0 lead held up until the top of the fifth when the Devils got on the board with three singles off Winters, the Indians' starter on the mound.
Winters was one out away from finishing the game in the top of the seventh, but Murphysboro got a single from Seth Daniels followed by a two-run blast from Brandon Caldwell to tie the game at 3-3.
Both teams would strand runners in the eighth, but in the top of the ninth, the Devils broke through against Mercier, who was making his first appearance on the mound all season long, getting a walk, two singles, and a triple. Winters had reached his pitch limit after the seventh and had to exit.
"I thought Brian Winters threw a really good game," Geiger said. "He'd had a couple of rough outings his last few appearances, but he threw the ball really well today. Going 105 pitches, he did his job. One pitch got away, kid made a good swing on it and hit it out of the park. I think maybe nine times out of ten he doesn't hit that out of the park."
"Charley hasn't been on the mound one time this year, and to put him in that spot, tough spot, I asked him to throw strikes and he did. We just didn't close out the game."
Du Quoin still made a go at it in the bottom of the inning, trimming the lead to 6-5 on Tevin Lee's two-out two-run homer, but Stewart flew out to center to end the game.
Hitting for the Indians were Lee (1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, BB, HBP), Stewart (2-5, 2 R, RBI), Winters (2-3, 2B, BB), Mercier (1-4, RBI), Klayton Donoghue (1-5), Alex Zimmerman (1-4, 2 R, 2B, HBP) and Ashton Smith (1-3, 2B, BB). Winters allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 6. The Indians fell to 15-10 overall with the loss.
Du Quoin 4, Trico 3 (May 4, 2018 @Trico):
Solid pitching from senior Bryzn Witcher and a three-run fourth inning for the Tribe highlighted a 4-3 victory. In that fourth inning, Smith (triple), Mercier (ground-out) and Donoghue (single) had RBI hits. Witcher allowed 2 earned runs on 8 hits through 6-plus innings of work.
Hitting for Du Quoin: Donoghue (3-4, RBI, 3B), Zimmerman (2-4), Stewart (1-4, R), Smith (2-3, R, RBI, 3B), Mercier (1-3), Witcher (1-3, R) and Will Woodside (1-2, R, HBP).
Carmi-White County 8, Du Quoin 3 (Game 1; May 5, 2018 @CWC):
Hitting for Du Quoin: Donoghue (1-4, RBI), Zimmerman (1-4), Smith (1-3), Mercier (1-3, R), Winters (1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR), Witcher (1-2, R, 2B, HBP), Woodside (1-2, HBP). LP: Stewart (4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H).
Carmi-White County 11, Du Quoin 1 (Game 2; May 5, 2018 @CWC):
Hitting for Du Quoin: Smith (2-2, 2B), Mercier (1-2), Winters (1-2, R), Ryan Myers (0-2, RBI). LP: Bradley.
Photos and Video Highlights by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com