CHILLICOTHE, OHIO — Chas Adams and Jacob Frankel combined for a one-hitter as the IU Southeast baseball team blanked Asbury (Ky.) 9-0 Friday in an elimination game of the River States Conference Tournament.
Adams, a former Floyd Central standout, walked two and struck out eight in seven no-hit innings. Frankel gave up the Eagles' only hit — in the top of the ninth — while walking one and striking out two.
Asbury's Colton Back broke up the Grenadiers' combined no-hit bid with a one-out double in the top of the ninth. He was thrown out at third on the play, though, trying to stretch his hit to a triple.
Top-seeded IUS, which lost its opening RSC Tournament game 7-3 to Midway (Ky.) on Thursday, scored the only run it would need Friday in the bottom of the second inning. That's when Derek Wagner led off with a single, moved to second when Jordan Branz was walked, took third on Tyler Mills' sacrifice before scoring on a wild pitch.
Wagner led the Grenadiers' 11-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Brody Tanksley added a pair of hits.
IUS (35-17) will face fourth-seeded Rio Grande at 3 p.m. Saturday in another elimination game. The Grenadiers have already clinched a berth in the NAIA national tourney after winning the RSC regular-season title.
The RSC final is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
May 2-5 at VA Memorial Stadium, Chillicothe, Ohio
Game 1: No. 6 Midway 7, No. 1 IU Southeast 3
Game 2: No. 2 Point Park (Pa.) 10, No. 5 Asbury (Ky.) 5
Game 3: No. 3 IU Kokomo 9, No. 4 Rio Grande (Ohio) 4
Game 4: IU Southeast 9, Asbury 0
Game 5: Rio Grande 8, Midway 7 (11 innings)
Game 6: Point Park vs. IU Kokomo, late
IU SOUTHEAST 9, ASBURY (KY.) 0
Asbury (Ky.) 000 000 000 — 0 1 2
IU Southeast 011 020 32X— 9 11 0
W — Chas Adams (8-2). L — Andrew Spalding. 2B — Cody Maloon (IUS), Jordan Branz (IUS), Colton Back (A). HR — Tyler Mills (IUS), Derek Wagner (IUS).
Records — Asbury 24-22, IU Southeast 35-17.
Game 7: Midway vs. Game 6 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 8: IU Southeast vs. Rio Grande, 3 p.m.
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 10: Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 11 (if necessary): Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 1 p.m.
SEVERAL GRENADIERS HONORED
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO — Three players — all pitchers — from regular-season River States Conference champion IU Southeast were named to the All-RSC first team released Friday.
Starting pitchers Jack Wohlert and Chas Adams were joined relief pitcher Kyle Hawkins on the 17-player team.
Four Grenadiers were named to the 18-member All-RSC second team. They were catcher Brody Tanksley, first baseman Cody Maloon, second baseman Clay Woeste and outfielder Jordan Branz.
Meanwhile, IUS third baseman Daniel Brescia was named to the RSC Gold Glove team while Hawkins was selected to the RSC Champions of Character team.
EAGLES CLIP IUS
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO — Top-seeded IU Southeast outhit sixth-seeded Midway (Ky.) 11-9, but the Eagles had five extra-base hits — including two home runs by Graeham Luttor — en route to a 7-3 win over the Grenadiers in the first round of the River States Conference Tournament on Thursday.
IUS grabbed the early lead when Derek Wagner hit the first of his two home runs in the top of the second inning. Midway, though, scored six unanswered runs — one in the second, two in the third and fourth and one in the sixth — to take control.
Brandon Aoki earned the win on the mound, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out two in seven innings.
Wagner led the Grenadiers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, two RBIs and two runs scored. Brody Tanksley also had a trio of hits for IUS.
MIDWAY (KY.) 7, IU SOUTHEAST 3
IU Southeast 010 000 110 — 3 11 1
Midway (Ky.) 012 201 01X — 7 9 0
W — Brandon Aoki (7-3). L — Kyle Hawkins (5-3). 2B — Noah Marion (M), Graeham Luttor (M), Kurt Paldino (M), Brody Tanskley (IUS). HR — Derek Wagner (IUS) 2, Luttor (M) 2.
Records — IU Southeast 34-17, Midway 26-25.