The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

April 10, 2013

Electric Eagles surge into Muller semifinals

PENDLETON, Ind. — Like many teams in the area, Frankton spent much of its baseball spring practice time in the high school gymnasium.

It’s surprising how quickly it can get crowded and suffocating in such an otherwise open space when an entire team is dreaming of nothing more than stepping outside.

Perhaps that’s why even a pair of extended lightning delays couldn’t slow the Eagles’ roll Wednesday in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.

Frankton endured a 35-minute delay before scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and waited 31 minutes to put the finishing touches on a nine-run third, blasting Liberty Christian 18-0 to reach the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2006 and just the second time in 13 years overall.

“I can’t complain,” Eagles coach Greg Hughes said of his team’s early efforts. “In a game like that, the hardest thing is staying in the game. We scored nine runs, who’s to say they can’t come back and score nine and get right back in it?”

That wasn’t a problem thanks to the outstanding pitching of Sam Richwine and Chase Smith. The pair limited the Lions to just four hits and extended Frankton’s scoreless innings streak to 10 to start the season.

Liberty Christian’s lone threat came in the first when Robert Beisley singled to open the game. He was erased on a line-drive double play. But Preston Quinn walked, and Justin Krieg singled and advanced on a throwing error to put runners on second and third with two outs.

Richwine struck out Karl Winters to end the threat, one of nine Ks by Eagle pitchers on the day — including five of the six batters Smith faced in relief.

“We’ve gotta be on our toes,” Hughes said of Frankton’s semifinal matchup against host Pendleton Heights today. “The bad thing about the first two games (including an 11-0 victory against Elwood on Tuesday) is really our defense hasn’t been tested much. We don’t know how they’re going to react against a team that’s (regularly) putting the ball in play.”

The Eagles didn’t always need to put the ball in play to be effective against the Lions. Liberty Christian’s four pitchers issued 11 walks and hit one batter. Nine of those 12 free base runners came around to score.

Trevor Hughes did the most damage with RBI triples in the first and second innings as Frankton pulled out to a 4-0 lead. Liberty Christian showed Hughes the ultimate respect in the third inning, walking him intentionally to load the bases.

Matt Kunce and Austin Webb each had two-run singles during the nine-run third inning, and nine Eagles had at least one hit as Greg Hughes played everyone on his varsity roster.

The Eagles are scheduled to face the Arabians at 5 p.m. today with a spot in Saturday’s championship game on the line. Anderson and defending champion Alexandria play in the other semifinal at Memorial Field at 5 p.m.

Elwood and Anderson Prep were scheduled to play a consolation bracket game Wednesday at Pendleton Heights, but the contest was rained out in the first inning. Talks were ongoing to move that contest, and the following game that will pit the winner against Liberty Christian, to Frankton today.

Officials advised fans to check with their local schools for updated scheduling information.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • PH pushes across only run in 7th FRANKTON -- After Frankton's Kyleigh Garner and Pendleton Heights' Bailey Benefiel battled one another to a standstill from the pitcher's circle for six innings, it took one mistake in the seventh to decide the outcome. Through six innings, Benefiel

    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

  • 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

  • Elwood rolls past Liberty Christian While most people were aware that Elwood had 22 hits, 19 runs, 11 extra base hits and four home runs, most failed to notice that pitcher Tenasha Stephens tossed a no-hitter in the process.

    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

  • Panthers claw way into softball semis If only Elwood's Jessie Noone had missed the team bus, Thursday's game in the Madison County Softball Tournament would have been more competitive.

    April 17, 2014

  • Ravens drove Manchester to avoid sweep NORTH MANCHESTER — The Anderson University baseball team defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Manchester University 9-5 on Wednesday at Gratz Field. Andrew Eiler led the Raven offense with three hits, three runs and an RBI, including one of four home runs the visitors hit.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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