A nine-run inning helped keep the Pacific baseball Indians alive for one more day.
The Indians’ (8-8) huge fourth inning helped Pacific top Affton in the Class 4 District 3 first round, 12-7.
“I thought in that fourth inning Jobe (Courtney) started us off with a big hit then it got contagious,” said Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed. “We were hitting it all over the park. Then we continued to score the next couple of innings. Our bats were pretty quiet and then they just awoke.”
Affton jumped out to a 3-0 lead after picking up all of its runs in the second inning.
Pacific got a run in the third after consecutive doubles by Joey Casey and Jordan Cowsert.
The Indians broke the floodgates open in the fourth, with a seven-hit, nine-run frame to make it 10-3. Jobe Courtney, Justin Ehlts, Ryan Sauvage and Lucas Vandaveer all had doubles in the inning.
Affton didn’t go away, scoring four runs in the top of the fifth, cutting it to 10-7.
The Indians came back with another run in the fifth inning, as Ehlts singled in Matt Strong.
Pacific added another insurance run in the sixth, as Will Green doubled in Lucas Vandaveer, making the score 12-7.
Ehlts earned the win on the mound for the Indians, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up seven runs (three earned) on six hits with a strikeout.
Ricky Ray finished the game, tossing 2.2 innings and giving up four hits and a walk.
“I thought Justen and Ricky did a great job on the mound for us,” Reed said.
John Rolwes was the losing pitcher for Affton, giving up 11 runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
The Indians finished with 12 hits in the contest.
Casey, Ehlts, Courtney, Green and Vandaveer all had two hits for Pacific.
Cowsert and Sauvage each had one hit.
Casey, Courtney and Vandaveer all scored two runs.
Strong, Cowsert, Ehlts, Sauvage, Green and Michael Bennett all scored once.
Casey, Ehlts, Courtney and Green drove in two runs apiece.
Strong, Cowsert, Sauvage and Vandaveer all finished with one RBI.
Cowsert walked twice. Strong, Casey and Vandaveer walked once.
Bennett was hit by two pitches. Strong and Sauvage also were plunked once.
Strong stole a pair of bases, while Casey swiped one bag.
Reed said it was a mixed bag for his team’s defense in the contest.
“I thought we had some really nice plays in the field and a couple that cost us some big runs.”