Tuesday’s home game against Hickory Ridge saw Independence trailing by two runs in the fourth inning, rally to score in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a come from behind conference win over the Hickory Ridge Ragin’ Bulls.
Jonathan “JT” Todaro was the starting pitcher for the Patriots and pitched six full innings. He gave up two runs on three Bulls’ hits and struck out eight batters.
At the end of the fifth inning, Indy’s head Coach Sam Skinner notified Jonathan that he was approaching his pitch count limit and that the sixth inning would be his last.
Knowing that this would be his last inning, Jonathan went to work and struck out the leadoff batter. The second batter drew a walk. After the next batter grounded out, Jonathan finished the night by striking out the next hitter with a fastball.
Carson Gesing closed out the night facing four Bulls’ batters. Carson gave up one hit and struck out one.
At the top of the third inning, Hickory Ridge’s Ick Cirino and Eddie Dew scored for the Bulls to put the Bulls up 2-0.
The Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. After Indy’s leadoff batter grounded out, Wilson Lohrer drew a walk. Micheal Rawlings followed with a single to right field.
With Indy runners on first and second, Wilson Lohrer attempted to steal third. The throw from the Bull’s catcher was wide and went into left field. Lohrer came home to make the score 2-1 with the Bulls leading.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Indy’s Owen Loker hit a single to left field and immediately stole second. Bryson Jusko came to the plate and moved Owen Loker to third base with a single to center. With runners on first and third, Lucas Turner reached on a bunt to score Loker tying the score 2-2.
In the bottom half of the sixth inning and with two outs, Owen Loker was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch. Bryson Jusko followed and drew a walk. With two away and two Indy runners on, senior Lucas Turner came to the plate and blasted a triple to left field scoring Loker and Jusko to give the Patriots a 4-2 lead.
With Indy holding the Bulls scoreless in the top of the seventh, Indy won the conference game 4-2.
Hickory Ridge 002 000 0 – 2
Independence 000 112 X – 4