By KYLE LOVERN
GILBERT – The Miners of Mingo Central lost their first baseball game on Wednesday, a hard-fought 11-8 battle with visiting Pike Central at the Gilbert field.
Pike Central led 5-4 heading into the 4th inning and scored six runs to take a commanding lead. Mingo Central scored two in the bottom of the 4th and two in the bottom of the 7th, but could not overtake the Hawks.
“The 4th inning was out downfall. We had to fight out of a hole all night, but the kids battled the entire game,” said head coach Walt Cline. “The kids showed a lot of heart and desire and never game up on the game.”
“We have a tough schedule and I expect to have several games that the guys will have to give the same type of effort. Chris Atkins came in the game as a relief pitcher and did an outstanding job,” Cline added. “He gave us a chance to get back in the game.”
“As we get a few more games in I know we have guys that will get on track,” Cline said. “We’ll start hitting the ball a little sharper and those ground ball outs will be hart hit balls past the infielders or line drives, as we get a few more at bats.”
Austin Reed and John May led Mingo Central with three hits each including two doubles, Gabriel Vinson had two hits with a double, Jacob Staton, Joe May and Atkins each had a single.
Staton was the losing pitcher in 3 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits. The winning pitcher was Robbie Hopkins for Pike Central. Zack Scruggins and Jeff Coleman worked on the mound in relief.
Score by innings:
Pike Central … 2 1 2 6 0 0 0 – 11
Mingo Central ..1 3 0 2 0 0 2 - 8