News and Tribune

April 14, 2013

BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Astle, Ellis throw back-to-back no-hitters

Devils’ offense also makes history in 23-run victory over Thomas Nelson

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville went to Kentucky and wasn’t a very gracious guest.

Trent Astle and Drew Ellis threw back-to-back no-hitters on Saturday, becoming the first Red Devils’ duo to accomplish no-hitters on the same day in school history, according to Jeff athletic historian Pat Hennegan.

Astle tossed a complete-game no-hitter, allowing just two baserunners in a 5-0 win over North Bullitt. Ellis followed by throwing five innings without surrendering a hit in the Devils’ 23-0 win over Thomas Nelson.

The 23 runs is the second most scored in Red Devils’ history and the 23-run victory is the largest ever for the program.

The wins snapped Jeff’s three-game losing streak.

“What Trent and Drew did was pretty special,” Jeff manager Derek Ellis said. “We’re just trying to get back on the winning track and having these guys step up and throw solid games like that was a big boost.”

Jeff jumped in front with two runs in the top of the first against North Bullitt and Astle took care of the rest. He struck out seven Eagles and walked just one. He had a perfect game going into the fifth inning before a catcher’s interference call ended the bid.

“Trent’s always solid,” Derek Ellis said. “Even when he’s not on, he’s solid. For the first time, we made some nice plays behind him.”

Drew Ellis struck out nine Nelson batters in five innings in his first outing of the season.

“Thomas Nelson is a new school, a young team,” said Derek Ellis, Drew’s father. “It was a good opportunity for Drew to get acclimated and he pitched well.”

Casey Gibson had four RBIs and scored twice and Ellis back himself up by going 3 for 5 and scored three times in the win over the Generals. Nolan Fertig was 3 for 5 with three knocked in and two runs scored for Jeff, which hosts rival New Albany on Wednesday.

• Highlanders blast Jennings, Scottsburg: Floyd Central scored 35 runs on 28 hits and didn’t commit an error to sweep Scottsburg and Jennings County on Saturday.

Trey Fulton had three home runs and a double to lead a Highlander attack that had 15 extra-base hits on the day.

“It was a good day at the ball park,” Floyd coach Casey LaDuke said.

The Highlanders carried a 5-0 lead into the fourth inning against Scottsburg (4-4), then scored seven times in the fourth and eight in the fifth to complete a 20-3 five-inning victory.

Against Hoosier Hills Conference rival Jennings County (4-3), Floyd Central fell behind 3-0 after the opening inning, but the Highlanders countered with five runs in the second and rolled to another five-inning triumph, 15-3.

“We came right back to take the lead. That was nice to see,” LaDuke said.

Ross Lundy had a double in each victory for Floyd.

NEXT: Floyd Central (11-0) hosts Meade County (Ky.), Tuesday.

• Reister leads Hornets to pair of wins: Cody Reister hit and pitched Henryville to a doubleheader sweep of Clarksville on Saturday.

In the opener, Reister held the Generals to one run on two hits and had a pair of hits, including a double, in the 10-1 victory. In Game 2, he went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run and a grand slam to finish with seven RBIs in the Hornets’ 16-6 six-inning triumph.

Tyler Pace was 3 for 4 and Dakota Harrell 3 for 5 for the Hornets in the nightcap.

NEXT: Clarksville (3-7) at Corydon Central, tonight; Henryville (5-3) at Eastern, Tuesday.

• Charlestown sweeps Borden: Charlestown escaped with a pair of victories over Borden on Saturday. The Pirates had to come from behind to win both games.

They scored three times in the sixth to beat the Braves 5-4 in the opening game, then scored four times in the seventh to force extra innings in Game 2.

“Two gutsy wins today against a very underrated bunch,” Charlestown coach Ricky Romans said. “Both teams showed a lot of heart battling all day long.”

Alex Smith went 3 for 4 in the opener and Tyler Willinger was 4 for 5 with a double and a triple in the nightcap. Tanner Wesp had five RBIs in Game 2.

Brian McGee and Josh Vollstedt had three hits, including a double apiece, for the Braves in the second game.

On Friday, Smith Zach Ramirez and Jason Houchens each collected two hits to help Charlestown win at Trinity Lutheran, 8-3.

NEXT: Charlestown (6-2) hosts North Harrison, today.

• Pioneers fall for first time: Providence was handed its first loss of the season, 2-0 to the host Olympians at Saturday’s Columbus East Invitational. The Pioneers bounced back for an 8-5 win over Muncie Central in the consolation game.

Andrew Hunt had a solid outing in the loss, giving up just one earned run in a complete-game effort.

Ben Shahroudi, Cristian Ensley and Nick Campbell had two hits apiece against the Bearcats. Jon Davis earned the victory and Ryan Mueller the save.

NEXT: Providence (6-1) at Louisville Southern, tonight.