Benton's McMahon shuts down Indians in Regional championship
Benton's Ian McMahon held the Indians in check in the Regional championship. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / duquoinsports.com
May 21, 2018
(Du Quoin, Ill.) - The Indians couldn't muster up enough offense against a strong performance by Benton left-hander Ian McMahon in the Class 2A Baseball Regional championship, falling 6-1 and finishing their 2018 season with an overall record of 17-12.
McMahon - who also had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs on offense - held Du Quoin to six hits while striking out eleven on the day.
"Give credit to Ian, he's a fun pitcher to watch," said DHS head coach Kyle Geiger. "He commands the ball, throws the ball very, very well, keeps you off balance. We got him the first game of the year, but he got us today. With a pitcher like that, that can command and control two or three pitches, it's tough to beat when they're on. He threw the ball well. We've got to have more than one run at the end of the day to win."
The Indians' lone run came from their starting pitcher, Alex Zimmerman, who slugged a homer to right-center field in the bottom of the third inning to give Du Quoin a 1-0 lead. Zimmerman would pitch well enough to keep DHS in the ball game, allowing two earned runs through four-plus innings on the mound.
"Alex threw the ball well," Geiger said. "He's thrown the ball well all year. We've just got to eliminate the long innings, back-to-back hits. Give their hitters credit, they got them when they had runners in scoring position."
In the end, however, a couple of mistakes in the field would cost the Indians, as Benton scored an unearned run in the fourth, and four of them in the seventh following errors.
"If you're going to be a good baseball team, and beat a good baseball team, you've got to make the routine plays," said Geiger. "You can't give outs away. It's going to happen, it's part of the game. You've just got to stay mentally into it and not let it snowball for the other team, you've got to bounce back and get the next out."
Zimmerman (1-3, R, RBI, HR), Tevin Lee (1-3), Ashton Smith (1-3), Charley Mercier (2-3) and Brian Winters (1-3) had hits for Du Quoin.
Photos and video by Doug Daniels / DuQuoinSports.com