Satellites down Trojans for Culver championship
BOURBON — Triton’s lineup had been producing throughout the Culver Community Sectional, but the bats went silent in the championship.
The Trojans followed up an 11-hit win over Marquette Friday with a 10-hit, five-inning diming of the host Cavaliers, 13-3 in the semifinal Monday afternoon with a 6-1 loss to fourpeat champion South Central in the championship at Culver Monday evening.
SOUTH CENTRAL 6,
Triton managed just four hits against Satellites hurler Ben Rosebaum in the championship. The Trojans benefitted from seven walks but couldn’t string enough together to come back from a 5-0 deficit and left the bases loaded in the final frame.
“We just hit the ball up in the air tonight; gave them too many strikes,” said Triton head coach Jim Shively. “It was a really tight strike zone today, and both pitchers had to come in there. They came in on us and we popped it up for them, gave them easy outs, and we came in and they homered on us. To win today you’re going to have to hit better.”
South Central made a living off the long ball with four home runs in the championship, including a pair of homers by number three hitter Garrett Walker, who went yard on a solo shot in the top of the first to put the Satellites on the board, then sent a two-run shot out to left in his second at-bat during another two-run inning by the Satellites in the third.
“The first pitch (Walker) hit was a curveball outside that he reached out and looped around on it and got it over the fence,” said Shively. “The wind was blowing out that way so obviously you get anything up in the air very hard it’s going to carry. We just missed a couple home runs over there. Then the second one we were trying to get inside on him and I think we left it just a little over the plate. Our plan was to pitch around him, but there wasn’t a base open any time he came up so it made it tough.”
Triton scored its only run in the fifth as nine hole hitter Cordale Keyser drew a on-out walk and stole second, Bryson Mosier singled him over to third, and Zak Shively’s sacrifice fly to the left field fence drove him home.
“I thought we battled well,” Jim Shively said. “We did what we could to get a win we just couldn’t get the guys across there at the end.”
Triton closes out the year at 13-16 with the loss.
The Trojans say goodbye to six seniors in Shively, Marc Lindsey, Jackson Downing, Bradley Whitt, Erik Hoffman and Japanese foreign exchange student Keita Morikawa.
“I liked the way we finished the year. We finished the year strong, and that was good to see,” said Jim Shively.
“We’re going to miss some of those guys. Zak and Marc have been four-year starters and they’ve really contributed a lot. Erik Hoffman’s been in a couple years, Keita Morikawa came in and helped us out, and a couple of other guys Jackson Downing and Brad Whitt were just great guys to have on the team. We’re going to miss those guys, but hopefully we can learn from the things we’ve done this year and try to get better next year.”
• SOUTH CENTRAL 6,
At Culver Sectional championship
SC: 212 001 0 — 6 8 0
Triton: 000 010 0 — 1 4 0
Ben Rosebaum (W); Zach Shively (L), Jayden Hargrave (6)
2B: Stephen Shepherd (SC)
HR: Garret Walker 2 (SC), Rosebaum (SC), Adam Clindaniel (SC)
Records: South Central 13-13, Triton 13-16 (final)
TRITON 13, CULVER 3
Triton jumped on top with seven runs off six hits and three errors in the bottom of the first, then plated another five runs in the next two frames to put Culver behind 12-nil headed into the fourth.
“We had a couple errors and throws to the wrong bases, and by the time we got out we were down seven runs,” said Culver head coach Mike Elliott. “It was a constant battle, we just dug ourselves too big of a hole.”
Culver plated three runs in the fourth and fifth, but Darren Harrell drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth, took second on Bryson Mosier’s groundout to first, stole third and scored the walk-off on an error at the plate as Triton advanced to the championship game with its third win over the defending sectional-champion Cavs this season.
Marc Lindsey finished with four RBI and two runs in the win, cranking a three-run shot out to left-center in the third. Pete Kauffman hit the game’s first homer straight out to center for two runs in the top of the first to put the Trojans up 7-0.
Kyle Vlach and George Alvarado both finished with RBI for Culver, and Collin Stevens, Randy Cline and Sam Hissong scored Culver’s only runs at the game.
The Cavs closed the season at 8-17 following a rough 0-12 start and bid goodbye to seniors Hissong, Alvarado, Cline, Bobby Back, Nick Zehner and Jimmy Gonzalez.
“I was very proud of the second half of the year, that was a credit to them and how they handled that 0-12 start,” said Elliott.
“We’re going to miss our seniors. Two of them played four years for us, Sam Hissong and Nick Zehner. The other four, this was the first time that ever played, and another kid was a four-year kid that just never played. Two other first-year kids, Randy Cline and George Alvarado, they both did a nice job. We’re going to miss those guys, but we’ve got some people back, and I just told them what we do from today to next year is going to determine a lot of how next season goes.”
• TRITON 13, CULVER 3 (5 inn.)
At Culver Sectional semifinal
Culver: 000 21 — 3 5 8
Triton: 723 01 — 13 10 4
Bryson Mosier (W); Kyle Vlatch (L), Randy Cline (3)
2B: Nick Pritz ©, Erik Hoffman (TR)
HR: Pete Kauffman (TR), Marc Lindsey (TR)
Records: Culver 8-17, Triton 13-15