The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Sports

April 13, 2013

Tigers edge out Frankton in extras

Muller placings decided

ANDERSON, Ind. — Isaac Mitchell’s bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth drove in two runs and lifted the Alexandria Tigers to a 9-8 victory over the Frankton Eagles in the third-place game of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament on Saturday at Memorial Field.

The game-winner was a bit of redemption for Mitchell, who walked in three Frankton runs in the fifth inning to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead, and a prime example of the resiliency Alexandria showed throughout the night. The Tigers were able to come back once (tying it in the sixth), twice (answering Frankton’s two runs in the seventh with a pair to send it to extras) and then a third time (overcoming an 8-6 Eagles lead in the eighth) to take home the win.

“That’s the kind of group these kids are,” Alexandria coach Jeff Closser said. “They’re resilient, and they like each other. They get along, and they play hard all the time. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Frankton coach Greg Hughes was proud of the way his Eagles fought back in the seesaw battle. He just would have preferred they hadn’t found themselves in that position.

“We didn’t play very good defensively, and it opened up the door for them and they took advantage of it. They made some mistakes, too, and we took advantage of that,” Hughes said. “For the start of the season, the way they battled back, proud of them for that. We just obviously got some things to work on.”

Blaize Kelly, who started on the mound for Alexandria, tallied seven strikeouts through the first three innings.

But Kelly had already thrown 105 pitches in the opening round Tuesday, and by the fourth, he was gassed. He wasn’t alone. On the final day of a weeklong tournament, both teams were forced to mine deep into the bench for fresh arms. Fifteen walks were issued by a bevy of pitchers. And the hurlers got no help from a multitude of errors.

“I thought the first two guys that pitched, (Frankton’s Logan) Weins and Blaize Kelly, they were nails,” Closser said. “They were in the same situation we were in. They ran out of pitching, too. We were throwing guys we aren’t normally going to throw. But you’ve got to give Frankton credit, too. They’ve got a great team, too.”

Alexandria’s Jessie Gossett and Derek Dinehart both went 2-of-5. Dinehart’s  night included an double and run scored in the eighth. Frankton’s Matt Kunce, also 2-of-5, and TJ Eads both had triples.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • SPT - HB0419 - Muller final - 077 Arabians make history in Muller thriller Pendleton Heights beat Anderson 3-2 to become the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament's first repeat champion.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bulldogs rally past Eagles at Muller Kallen Brooks went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including a walk-off double in the eighth inning, and Lapel rallied to defeat rival Frankton 3-2 on Saturday at Memorial Field.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - County track - 116 Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

    An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.

    April 18, 2014

  • Pendleton Heights, Frankton to meet for net title

    Pendleton Heights and Frankton advanced to today's Madison County Championship title match after posting very different victories. The Lady Arabian tennis team advanced after defeating the Alexandria Tigers 4-1. For Frankton, it came down to a No. 1 singles tie-breaker to put away Lapel.

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT - HB0418 - PHHS vs Alex - 017 Arabians hold off Alex to reach semifinals Good teams don't need much help. That didn't stop Pendleton Heights from accepting a little aid from Alexandria in the second round of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament on Thursday.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Elwood, Liberty Christian advance in county softball tournament The 2014 Madison County Softball tournament got off to a wild start at Liberty Christian on Wednesday night as Elwood and the host Liberty Christian Lions advanced with victories.

    April 17, 2014

  • Tigers, Eagles early winners in Muller Tournament Alexandria and Frankton were the victors in the opening night of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament at Pendleton Heights.

    April 17, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin