By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Central Indians (10-6) split a pair of games in the annual Tomahawk Classic Saturday at Don Richardson field.
The Indians got a first-inning two-run homer from catcher Jimmy Wright in the first game, but couldn’t hang on in a 5-2 loss to Somerset.
Central (10-6) bounced back to defeat 11th Region rival Lafayette, 4-1, in the final game of the tournament.
Thanks to three Central errors, Somerset got unearned runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to take a 3-2 lead, then got a walk and three consecutive singles in the seventh to put the game away.
“We had some defensive letdowns that hurt us today, but that’s part of youth and having a young team,” Central coach Steve Roof said. “But give Somerset some credit, they’re a good ballclub and they hit the ball hard and made our pitchers really work.”
Somerset defeated Ballard later in the day and claimed the title of the two-day tournament.
Four Central pitchers — Kirt Caldwell, Jonah Kelsey, Austin Templeton and Nick Kavanaugh — combined to give up six hits, and five walks, had three strikeouts and one hit batter.
Meanwhile, Somerset pitcher Heath Ehrsam held the Indians in check after the first inning homer by Wright, even though the Indians got runners in scoring position several times. The big lefty went seven innings, giving up four hits, one walk and one hit batter, while striking out one.
“Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance all day,” Roof said. “We had some chances and left some runs out there. We have some things to work on, but there is still a lot of time left before the district tournament comes around.”
Alex Georgel held the Generals in check in the final game. He allowed only four hits, one run and two walks while striking out four in five innings.
Jeremy Lakes pitched the final two innings, striking out one.
Ben Morin led Central’s offense, going 3-for-3 and scoring a run. The Indians only had seven hits, but pushed across four runs in the fifth inning.
Jake Caldwell walked and Kavanaugh was hit by a pitch before Chris Well reached on an error, which allowed a run to score. Seth Richardson delivered a two-run single. Morin doubled and later scored on an error.
Lafayette got its only run in the sixth inning.
Central is set to return to action Wednesday at East Jessamine.