Indy splits week with 3-1 loss to Sabres and 18-0 rout of Vikings

Carson Gesing at bat for the Patriots. (Ed Berti)
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Tyson Clawson slides into second base safely. (Ed Berti)
Pick-off attempt by Patriots. (Ed Berti)

South Mecklenburg 3 – Independence 1

The Independence Patriots varsity baseball team played a well-pitched tight ball game on a cool evening at their home field against South Mecklenburg.

The Sabres were just a little better in the batter’s box on Wednesday night. Both teams scored in the first inning. South Mecklenburg tallied on a base hit by Bo Davidson for the RBI. At the bottom of the first inning, Indy tied the game when shortstop Carson Gesing lined a single to score a run for the Patriots.

In the third frame, the Sabres scored two runs with the big blow coming off the bat of Bo Davidson once again who doubled getting his second RBI on the night.

Sabres starter Robbie Leary earned the win pitching 4.1 innings. While Zach Scott went the distance 2.2 innings in relief out of the bullpen to keep the Patriots from scoring. However, Indy did mount a threat in the sixth inning and loaded the bases. But the offense could not come up with a key hit.

Michael Rawlings took the loss, but he pitched well enough to win and had a good showing with 3 strikeouts while Carson Gesing did a good job in relief for 2.2 innings. Indy managed only 4 hits each coming from Tyson Clawson, Bryson Jusko, Wilson Lohrer and Gesing. While South Mecklenburg racked up 8 hits and was able to get the key hit with runners in scoring position.

Independence 18 – North Mecklenburg 0 

Indy routed the Vikings on the diamond this past Friday at North Mecklenburg. Carson Gesing and Lucas Turner combined for the win. Gesing was awarded the win as the starter.

The Patriots scored eight runs in the second inning after taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by Gesing. Indy jumped on the Vikings pitching with multiple base hits from Bryson Jusko, Jacob Haislip, Peyton Milleman Brandon Moser, and Gesing. The big blow was a double by Wilson Lohrer.

The Patriots tallied eight hits in the game. With multiple hits coming from Jusko, Gesing and Moser. Jusko had 3 hits to lead the offense. While Gesing allowed no hits and had 5 strikeouts over 3 innings of work. Turner did a good job out of the bullpen in relief to complete the shutout performance.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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