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Tiger Cubs blank Sparkplugs

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Greencastle Hunter Mitchell races in to make a catch in the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday's contest with Speedway. The Tiger Cubs won the contest 3-0. [Order this photo]
GREENCASTLE -- Things were clicking for the Tiger Cubs Tuesday. They put together a complete effort at the plate and in the field and handed Speedway its first conference loss of the season.

The Tiger Cubs had their opportunities early, but Speedway seemed to find a way to get GHS out when they needed it.

The Tiger Cubs left 10 runners on base in the first four innings and only managed two runs. In the first and second inning, Greencastle had the bases loaded with no outs.

In the second inning, Ryan Battin drove in Nataniel Velasquez, who reached on a walk, to put the Tiger Cubs up 1-0. Lead off batter Andy Bell scored in the fourth inning when Jesse Vermillion smashed a shot to right-center field.

The Tiger Cubs were doing some good things in the field as well. Keegan Remsburg picked off Michael Maloian at first base and right fielder Hunter Mitchell made a diving catch at full speed to close out the second inning. On the night, GHS committed just one error compared to the Sparkplugs' three.

Greencastle added its final run in the fifth inning when the Sparkplugs right fielder committed an error on a Tanner Battin pop fly. Battin ended up on third and scored on a wild pitch to seal the deal.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Remsburg allowed a hit to Bryce Pennington, then Joey Johnson reached on an error and Wes Shambaugh reached on an error. With bases loaded and only one out, Remsburg set to work to get out of the jam.

Evan Rosner was up next and grounded to the infield, who threw to home for the force out. Next up was Jake Daghe, who fought off pitches, ultimately forced a full count. Remsburg took stock, eyed the plate and scorched a ball past Daghe for the final out. A fist pump for the starting pitcher was all the emotion the composed junior showed all night.

Remsburg recorded eight strikeouts on the night and three walks. He also held Speedway to just three hits.

Ryan Battin was 2-for-3 with a RBI, while Vermillion was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

The Tiger Cubs fell to Speedway 4-2 Monday.

Greencastle will be back in action tonight against Danville at home at 5 p.m.

At Greencastle

Speedway 000 000 0 -- 0 3 3

Greencastle 010 110 0 -- 3 6 1

WP -- Remsburg

LP -- McCormick

Next game -- Greencastle will be back in action tonight against Danville at home at 5 p.m.