WELLSVILLE -The Indians have returned to the diamond.
After a hiatus for the past few seasons, Southern Local is once again fielding a baseball team, and Tuesday the Indians pulled off a big win as Southern held off a late charge to defeat Wellsville, 8-6, at Hammond Park.
With the win, the Indians are now 2-2 on the season. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 0-9.
Southern Local’s Andrew Hess pitches against Wellsville on Tuesday. (Photo by Aaron Petchal)
"We are young," first-year Southern head coach Jason Glover said. "We are improving. We are getting better. Game by game we are getting better. That's all we can hope for. We haven't had a team in about three years, so we are building the program. I think we are getting there.
"We are playing a mixed schedule. We are playing a couple varsity teams, and a few JV teams. We are 2-2 right now. Basically, we have played three varsity teams, and these guys kind of split squaded us tonight. we held on for it. That is a big win for us. I am happy."
The Tigers played the game by using a split squad. Wellsville's young players started and played the first half of the game before the Tigers' starters entered the game.
Southern Local 8, Wellsville 6
SL 011 510 0 - 8 7 3
WE 100 200 3 - 6 7 4
WP: Andrew Hess (7ip, 6r, 7h, 7k, 3bb) and Ingeldue. LP: Geordon Roe (3.2ip, 7r, 6h, 3k, 1bb)
"We had a lot of the young guys start out the game," Wellsville head coach David Thompson said. "We had a freshman pitching. He pitched a heck of a game for 3 2/3 innings.
"I can't continue to let a team beat me without basically my starters in, so I felt like I needed to put my starters in there to try at least win the game. At the end, it didn't come out our way, but we fought. Chalk it up as another loss."
Andrew Hess picked up the wins for the Indians. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed six runs on seven hits in throwing a complete game.
Offensively, the Indians pounded out seven hits.
Steve Treadway delivered a single, a home run and an RBI, Garrett Coil contributed a single and two RBI and Josh Knox collected a double and an RBI. Also, Dylan Ketchum, Caleb Gotcahll and Hess all tallied singles, and Damin Beadnell delivered four RBI.
"It's tough," Thompson said about the Indians trying to restart their program. "Most of these kids know one another. Then, you get a kid who hits a home run. The, he skips around the bags. That kind of irked me a little bit, but these kids on my team didn't realize what he did to them. Basically, that is embarrassing right there when you skip around the bags off of a home run, but there is nothing I can do about that.
"Tomorrow, we will come back and throw one of our good guys, so we can get a win."
Geordon Roe took the loss for the Tigers. Roe struck out three, walked one and allowed seven runs on six hits in 3.2 innings of work. Jake Red finished the game. Reed pitched 3.1 innings, struck out five and walked one. He also allowed one run on one hit.
Offensively, Seth Bradford delivered a single, double, a triple and an RBI, Tyler Corbin contributed two singles and an RBI and Jason Dye added a single and two RBI. Also, Matt Broughton belted a base hit, and Devon Smith tallied two RBI.
"We just have to keep on plugging at it," Thompson said. "Today, our bats came alive big time, even with our young guys, the guys that haven't been getting a chance to swing. Then the older guys once they got a little ticked off, they came around and laced the ball a little bit, but whenever you are getting beat five or six runs it is kind of hard to comeback."
The two teams play again today.
"Things are going well," Glover said. "I have got a great group of kids. They come every night. They come to practice. They bust their butts, and it is starting to pay off a little bit for us. I am happy for them."