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4/2/2013 10:45:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
High school softball
Salukis beat back on track, beat Indians
LAWRENCEVILLE - Red Hill High School junior Jacob Wirth carried a shutout into the seventh inning Thursday, then had just enough gas left in his tank to throw a complete game in a 5-2 win over Lawrenceville High School's baseball team at Unit 20 Ballpark.

The Salukis (1-1) scored all of their runs in the third inning, and left the rest up to Wirth.

"He threw an excellent game tonight," RHHS coach Mike Wallace said. "He was outstanding out there (on the mound). He threw a lot of strikes. He just did what we asked him to do. He made them put the ball in play and let his defense work behind him."

Wirth scattered eight hits and seven walks. But in the meantime, he fanned 10 LHS hitters.

Tanner Darnell pitched the first three innings for the Indians (0-5) and suffered the loss in his first decision of the season. Darnell gave up five runs, all earned, on four hits. He walked four batters and fanned one.

Thomas Mahrenholz pithed the final four innings for the Tribe, giving up no runs on six hits and a walk. Mahrenholz whiffed three Red Hill batters.

"I thought we were playing better, but we took a step back today," LHS coach Josh Benefiel said. "In the top of the third we had three walks, and it's never good when you start walking guys. That came back to bit us. That's when they got their runs and we couldn't overcome it today."

Tristan Zollars had three hits for the Salukis, while Trey Aguirre and Noah Puntney both delivered two-run singles in the five-run third frame.

"I wasn't happy that we didn't tack on runs after taking the early lead," said Wallace. "We're going to have to keep scoring throughout games to win. But I think as this team gets more experience it's going to turn into a really good team."

Matt Siegle and Cole Steffey led the Indians at the plate with two hits each, while Austin Bowler drove in both LHS runs with a base hit with two out in the seventh inning. Ryan Seed and Cody Steffey had the other hits for the Indians.

"I think we're thinking too much at the plate, over-analyzing each pitch instead of just reacting and swinging the bats," said Benefiel.

Both teams will play Little Illini Conference contests on Thursday. The Indians will travel to Robinson while Red Hill will face visiting Cumberland.

Red Hill 5,

Lawrenceville 2

Red Hill 005 000 0 - 5 10 2

Lawrenceville 000 000 2 - 2 6 0

Jacob Wirth and Blake Adams; Tanner Darnell, Thomas Mahrenholz (4) and Ryan Seed. W - Wirth (1-0). L - Darnell (0-1).



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