> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
For the second time in two nights, a Providence hurler pitched a no-hitter and the Pioneer bats did their jobs in a 10-0 win over visiting Henryville last evening.
The Pioneers piggy-backed the no-hit effort of Austin Dickey Thursday night with a gem from freshman left-hander Jake Lewis, who shut down the Hornets by striking out seven batters and only relinquishing four walks.
“I’m really excited about that. We had a freshman tonight and a sophomore last night,” said Providence (7-2) coach Scott Hornung of Dickey, who struck out eight in Wednesday’s 13-0 win over rival Clarksville. “I’m very excited about how our pitchers have been working lately.”
Hornung said Lewis, his No. 4 starter who gave up seven walks in his last start, kept his control in check during last night’s contest.
“Our pitching has been so good lately and our defense has been really good, it gives us a chance to win in every game,” he said. “We’re competing at a pretty good level at this particular point.”
Meanwhile, the Pioneers roughed up Henryville (6-7) starter Braxton Robertson, who held Providence scoreless through the first two innings but gave up six runs on six hits in the bottom of the third.
Freshman Juston Betz — the Pioneers’ No. 9 hitter — banged a two-out single, plating Jack Koetter and Ben Shahroudi to give his squad a 6-0 lead after three innings.
In the meantime, the Hornets were baffled by Lewis, who only got stronger in the later innings. He didn’t relinquish a baserunner in the 4th, 5th or 6th innings while notching five of his seven strikeouts.
“They put the ball in play, but when you make as many errors as we did, you’re not going to stop anyone from scoring,” Henryville coach Jared Hill said of his team’s six miscues. “Providence is a very good team. [Lewis] had pretty good stuff tonight.”
Henryville was able to get on base in the early innings, as Lewis gave up the four walks, but with the pressure to score runs to get back into the game on, the Hornets swung the bats a little more freely.
“We bailed him out a few times,” Hill said. “We swung at a few pitches that cost us a few at bats. We just didn’t hit the ball very solid.”
Lewis, Dickey and Ben Shahroudi all had two hits for the Pioneers, and Jack Koetter knocked in three RBI for the Pioneers, who travel to Floyd Central tonight before facing St. Xavier (Ky.) on Monday.
“I’m excited to see those games,” Hornung said. “We have been playing teams who are our size, and those are teams we’ll have to beat, but Floyd is in the top five and St. X is always a nice team. It’ll be fun to see what we can do.”
Henryville faces New Washington on Monday.
PROVIDENCE 10, HENRYVILLE 0
Providence 006 301—10 12 0
Henryville 000 000— 0 0 6
W — Jake Lewis (2-0). L — Braxton Robertson (0-1). 2B — Lewis (P).
Records — Providence 7-2; Henryville 6-7.