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April 12, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Clarksville edges Lanesville, 6-5

New Albany makes seventh-inning comeback at Floyd Central

CLARKSVILLE — A four-run third inning helped the Clarksville baseball team get past Lanesville at home Wednesday, 6-5.

“I am happy, considering we dropped a tough one at New Wash (Tuesday), and I was afraid we might come back and melt down,” Clarksville coach Chris Kane said. “Our kids really kind of battled. Our pitcher struggled on the mound, finding the zone. But we’ve got a resilient group when they want to be.”

Down 3-2 headed into the home third, Clarksville’s offense got into a rhythm. After a double by Drew Kissel, back-to-back singles by Jeremy Noe and Wes Rittman contributed to the four-run inning. Tanner Wallace had a double in the frame.

Wallace got the win for Clarksville, going four innings and allowing just one earned run. He walked two and struck out two, allowing four hits.

Nathaniel Jones had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.

Clarksville (5-3) travels to North Harrison tomorrow.

New Albany completes comeback at Floyd Central: Despite gathering just three hits in the game, New Albany was able to eke out a 7-4 victory at Floyd Central on Wednesday.

The Highlanders took a 4-2 lead into the final inning of the game, but that’s when the wheels came off. Relief pitcher Kyle Sipes — who had held the Bulldogs scoreless through 32⁄3 innings — walked two New Albany batters, and was replaced by Derek Despain. Despain’s command wasn’t there, and he walked the bags full and then gave New Albany a free run on another walk.

The next batter, Garrett Sherrell, cleared the bases with a double to give New Albany the advantage. The Bulldogs went on to win the game.

Jacob Snodgrass was 2-for-3 for Floyd Central with two RBI and a run scored.

Floyd Central (4-4) plays a split double-header on the road against Lawrence Central and Hamilton Southeastern on Saturday. New Albany (8-1) travels to Jasper Friday.

Providence thrashes Salem: Recovering from a shutout loss against Jeffersonville Monday, Providence scored at least two runs in each of five innings in its 14-1 road victory over Salem on Wednesday.

“We wanted to try to come back today with a little bit better outing, and we had some good at-bats,” Providence coach Scott Hornung said. “The quality of the pitching wasn’t as strong as it was Monday, obviously, but still, the players had good focus in the box. Up and down the lineup, we had some nice hits today.”

Jon Davis and George Knott provided most of the offensive firepower for the Pioneers. Davis was 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBI, while Knott was 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and three RBI.

Davis, the pitcher, had a no-hitter going with two outs in the fifth and final inning, but a single up the middle scored Salem’s only run and broke up the shutout.

“He wasn’t at his best tonight, but was easily better than their hitters with his velocity and curve ball, when he had command of it,” Hornung said.

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