By Bob Flynn
Register Staff Report
For the second-straight game, Madison Central’s offense simply couldn’t get on track.
The Indians (18-11) had just one hit — a single by Jake Caldwell in the third — and suffered a 1-0 loss to Western Hills Thursday on Senior NIght at Don Richardson Field.
Zack Barker provided the only run of the game, hitting a home run to right field to lead off the second inning.
Kyle Fisher started and went 6 1/3 innings for the Wolverines and allowed just one walk while striking out eight. Barker came on to earn the save and had one strikeout and one walk in 1/3rd of an inning.
On Tuesday, Central had just five hits while falling at Woodford County, 4-0. The Indians have been shutout just three times this season.
Kirt Caldwell started and went three innings, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts. Trey Sexton pitched two innings and walked two while striking out two.
Austin Templeton pitched the final inning and gave up one hit.
Western Hills committed three errors and walked two batters, but the Indians still weren’t able to push across a run.
Central put together two good scoring threats. In the fifth, Caldwell and Jeremy Lakes both reached on an error and Ben Morin was hit by pitch to load the bases.
But, Chris Well struck out to end the inning.
In the seventh, Joseph Holbrook and Caldwell both walked, but Holbrook was picked off first and Lakes struck out to end the game.
Central is set to return to action today at home against Henry Clay.
Sayre 11, Berea 3
The Berea Community Pirates dropped an 11-3 decision to Sayre Thursday in their final game of the season before next week’s district tournament.
The Spartans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings before the Pirates rallied.
Berea scored three runs in the fourth inning to tie the game, but it was all Sayre after that.
The Spartans broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning.
Berea coach Sean Linville said it wasn’t his team’s best performance of the year, but the game did provide some teaching points in preparation for their matchup with Madison Southern in the tournament.
“You want to play a team that challenges you going into the tournament and Sayre is a good team,” Linville said. “We didn’t play our best baseball today. 11-3 doesn’t look but I told my guys in the 6th inning that we got some things out of the game that will help us prepare for Monday and that’s what we were looking for.”
The Pirates and Eagles will meet in the opener of the 44th District Tournament at Berea College Monday at 5:30 p.m.