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May 1, 2012

H.S. ROUNDUP: Ellis strikes out 12 in debut

Jeffersonville gets back to .500 with 8-1 win over Clarksville

JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville’s Drew Ellis — normally the baseball team’s starting shortstop — struck out 12 Clarksville batters in his first start as the team’s pitcher in an 8-1 victory at Don Poole Field on Tuesday.

Ellis needed just 72 pitches to get through six innings of work. He allowed just two hits, and the only run allowed was unearned.

“We also needed another pitcher to step up, and Drew is somebody that I don’t like taking off of shortstop, because it hurts our defense, but he has ... one of the best of arms on the team, so it’s hard to keep him off the mound,” Jeffersonville coach Matthew Rigsby said. “I wanted to see what he could do, and I wanted him to have a game under his belt, and he came out tonight and did exactly what I thought he would do. He didn’t disappoint, that’s for sure.”

After a flat first inning, Jeffersonville (6-6) got the offense going in the second inning when Chanse Oliver hit a two-out single off of Clarksville (7-11) pitcher Tanner Wallace to plate Dalton Conway.

Jeff struck again in each of the subsequent innings. In the third, it was Charlie Garwood who hit a two-out single to plate Isaac Crafton, and Crafton hit a two-run single off the wall to extend the Jeff lead.

Eight of Jeff’s 12 hits were to the opposite field.

“That was the biggest thing I was proud of, because that’s going to take us farther than anything else,” Rigsby said.

Crafton was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, while Conway was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Jeffersonville travels to Jennings County today. The Generals host West Washington today.

• New Albany run rules North Harrison: Class 4A No. 5 New Albany handed Class 3A No. 3 North Harrison (14-2) its second loss of the season in a five-inning, 11-1 victory at Mount Tabor Field on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (16-2) led 4-1 heading into the home fifth inning, but exploded for seven runs to bring the contest to an early end.

Cameron Mullins led the New Albany offense, going 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs.

Also for the Bulldogs, Logan Striegel was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Garrett Sherrell was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Josh Rogers went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jordan Striegel was 2-for-2 with a solo home run.

Shane Robison improved to 4-0 for New Albany, going all five innings and striking out six. He allowed one earned run on three hits. The New Albany defense did not commit an error.

New Albany will host Providence on Thursday.

• Floyd Central downs Tell City: Floyd Central won in come-from-behind fashion against Tell City at home on Tuesday, 3-2.

Matt Powers improved to 3-2 on the year for the Highlanders (10-7), allowing just two earned runs in the contest.

Down 2-1 in the home fourth after a two-run frame by the visitors, Floyd Central plated two more runs to retake the lead.

The Highlanders will host Seymour on Thursday.

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