Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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September 12, 2013

Cougars pull away with nine-run fourth inning

KINMUNDY – After a lead-off single in the bottom of the fourth inning, South Central's Brett Harmeier was called out on a bunt attempt for being outside of the batters box and it looked like it might be another scoreless inning.

That wasn't the case, though, as Kerrigan Henken reached base after the violation and both base runners advanced on a throwing error by Webber Township catcher Austin Gowler.

South Central's Gavin Ratermann struck out, but Dylan Smith's two-out single opened the floodgates for a nine-run inning that led to South Central's 11-1 win Wednesday night.

Webber Township pitcher Logan Ganieany walked Noah Powless to load the bases for Kyle Bray, who hit a two-RBI single through the right side of the infield.

“Sometimes it just takes that one hit and all of a sudden everyone relaxes and, bang, away you go,” South Central head coach Curt Jones said. “Kyle getting that ball through the right side was where we took off.”

Powless, Bray and the next four batters came around to score in the inning, as Webber Township put two other pitchers on the mound after taking out the starter, Ganieany, with two outs in the inning.

“He got a little tired and left some off-speed pitches up,” Webber Township head coach Sam Root said.

Ganieany left the game with two runners on base and reliever Chris Bush couldn't get either of the four batters he faced out.

Against Bush, Tyus Holmes reached base on a dropped third strike to keep the inning going. Dre Hill and Harmeier, who was up for the second time in the inning, hit doubles that brought runners in to score.

Bush walked Henken before Root replaced him, having given up two hits and three runs. Gage Raudenbush entered the game, trying to get the last out.

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