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April 26, 2013

H.S. ROUNDUP: Astle out-battles Giesler to give Jeff 2-1 win

Devils score late for victory over top-ranked Jasper

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville ace pitcher Trent Astle held Class 3A No. 1 Jasper to one run on six hits as the Red Devils’ baseball team defeated the Wildcats 2-1 on Friday at Don Poole Field.

Astle threw a complete game and struck out 13 while walking just two Jasper batters.

“Trent, the kid just competes,” Jeff manager Derek Ellis said. “He has a gigantic heart. He just goes out and gets the job done.”

Jeff got just enough offense against Jasper ace Mark Giesler to win its sixth straight game. The Wildcats scored a single run on back-to-back doubles by Nick Gobert and Giesler to take a 1-0 lead in the third and they held the lead until the seventh.

“Jasper’s a great team,” Ellis said. “We knew it would be a tough game and it lived up to its billing.”

In the bottom of the last frame of regulation, Nolan Fertig singled home pinch-runner Damin Smith with one out to send the game into extra innings.

After Astle shut down Jasper (14-2) in the top of the eighth, the Red Devils’ Dallas Bott reached on an error to open the bottom of the inning. Drew Ellis followed with a single to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. After Astle walked to load the bases, Chandler Dale was hit by a Giesler pitch to score Bott with the winning run.

Giesler — a University of Dayton recruit — had a pair of doubles for the Wildcats and picked up the hard-luck loss.

Jeff (9-3) will travel to Clarksville on Tuesday and will try to extend its winning streak to seven.

• Pioneers take care of Generals: Ben Shahroudi struck out seven and walked none in four innings to lead Class 2A No. 6 Providence over city rival Clarksville at Memorial Field on Friday in six innings, 11-1. Cristian Ensley and Justin Starr collected at least two hits apiece for the Pioneers.

NEXT: Providence (10-2) at South Oldham (DH), today; Clarksville at Brownstown Central, Monday.

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