Floyds Knobs Post 42 put on a power display this past weekend, outscoring its opponents 52-8 en route to a trio of victories.
On Saturday, Floyds Knobs swept a doubleheader from Washington Post 9, winning 15-4 and 19-2 at Washington High School. Then Sunday, Post 42 blasted Evansville Pate Post 265 18-2 at Evansville North.
“We are really starting to form some chemistry and this weekend showed it in full motion,” Post 42 head coach Chuck Latham said.
In the first game Floyds Knobs broke open a tight contest by outscoring Washington 11-1 over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings en route to the 11-run win. The visitors pounded out 12 hits — seven for extra bases.
Drew Taylor led Floyds Knobs at the plate. The recent Jeffersonville High School graduate went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple and drove in six. Luke Stock and Joe Harrington added two hits apiece, while Brady Latham scored four runs and Jack Ellis had a trio of RBIs.
Stock picked up the win on the mound. The right-hander, who recently completed his freshman year at Vincennes University, allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits while walking one and striking out two.
“We got our best pitching performance of the season so far from Luke Stock,” Latham said. “He had terrific command of the strike zone and made Washington put balls in play. [I was] very pleased and proud of Luke’s bulldog approach on the bump.”
In the second game, Floyds Knobs scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a four-inning triumph.
Latham led the way at the plate. The recent Charlestown graduate went 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Taylor and Blayden McMahel added two hits apiece for Floyds Knobs, which finished with 14 — five for extra bases.
Ben Harbeson picked up the victory on the mound. The Jeff rising senior allowed two unearned runs on two hits while striking out six in four innings.
“I thought we got our second very solid pitching performance of the day from Ben Harbeson on the mound. He was dealing for four strong innings, not allowing a walk and only two hits while striking out six,” Latham said. “Benny was solid. He’s a little banged up from a sprained ankle he suffered against Madison, but he powered through it to give us a chance.”
In Sunday’s finale, Post 42 once again got off to a hot start. Floyds Knobs plated three runs in the first inning, five in the second and four in the third to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Pate tallied two runs in the bottom of the third, but Post 42 responded with six more in the top of the fourth for the 16-run triumph.
Latham led the way at the plate again, going 3-for-4 with a double while scoring four runs. Five other players — Aiden Minzenberger, Stock, Ellis, Blake Barrett and Harrington — added two hits apiece. Minzenberger drove in three runs while scoring four and Stock finished with four RBIs.
“We jumped on their starter, whom the boys knew very well from travel ball over the years, in Steven Hazlett. He’s a terrific competitor on the mound and we just went right at him,” Latham said. “Brady led the game off with a double, then Drew singled him in. Unfortunately, Drew sliced his hand open stealing second and had to be taken out for the game. However, we never batted an eye as we responded with the 19 runs on 14 hits.”
Barrett picked up the win on the mound. The recent Floyd Central graduate allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out one in three innings.
“We had a very good weekend offensively and our pitching is really starting to understand that sometimes all we have to do is compete and pitch to contact,” Latham said. “Blake did a very nice job in the three innings he pitched of getting Evansville Pate to put balls in play. He only struck out one batter in the three innings and for a power-type pitcher he did a nice job at times of just getting something over the plate to force them to put it in play, especially when he got behind on batters. If he can continue to do that, we are going to be tough to handle. Sam Gasper did an awesome job coming in for the final inning and going right at Pate, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Very proud of their efforts on the hill.”
Next up for Post 42 is the Independence Day Classic, which is slated for Thursday through Sunday in Columbia, Tenn.
“It’s gong to be fun to see what we can do with this group coming up,” Latham said.