By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
Madison Central’s Jimmy Wright is off to a red-hot start.
The standout catcher was 2-for-2, reached base all four times he came to the plate and scored four times as the Indians rolled to a 13-2 six-inning win over rival Madison Southern on the road.
Central scored in every inning but the third and finished with 10 hits.
“He’s a Division I hitter and he’s doing a great job right now,” Central coach Steve Roof said of Wright. “He’s a great hitter.”
In two games so far this season, Wright has reached base in seven of his eight plate appearances, with a grand slam, a triple, two doubles, two walks and has also been hit by a pitch.
The hard-hitting left-handed catcher gave Central a 1-0 lead in the first against Southern (0-4). He doubled to left-center, then two batters later, Jonah Kelsey gave the Indians a lead with a fielder’s choice.
The Indians added four more runs in the second, highlighted by a bases-loaded walk by Wright, an RBI single by Fisher and a sacrifice fly from Ben Morin.
Central added two more runs in the fourth, including an RBI double by Nick Kavanaugh, then took an 11-1 lead in the fifth by scoring four more times.
Kelsey had the biggest hit in the fifth, ripping a three-run single down the left-field line.
In the sixth, sophomore Alex Georgel hit a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
“We are young,” Roof said. “We lost six starters from last year and four of them went to play baseball in college, so we’ve got a lot of youth.”
Kyle Kelsey started for Central and went four innings, allowing four hits and one run.
“I was really proud of the freshman — Kyle Kelsey,” Roof said. “It was his first start. He did a good job settling in and getting a command of the strike zone. It was good to get him out there and get him some experience.”
Brady McBride went the final two innings, allowing one run and one hit.
Lucas Reynolds started for Southern and 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs. Chris Anderson pitched one inning before Easton Shouse came on to finish the game.
In the first inning, Southern’s Lukas Owens walked and scored on a RBI single from Anderson.
In the fifth, Andrew Evans reached on a error and scored.
Southern is set to return to action today against Lincoln County.
Central is set to return to action today at Clark County.