HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Indiana wins playoff opener, 10-0
Indiana ace Sean Thompson didn’t need much run support during his starts in the regular season, a fact that fortunately didn’t change for the Indians in their first playoff baseball game Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Thompson tossed a three-hitter and got all the offensive backing he needed in the first inning to guide the 10th-seeded Indians to a 10-0 win over seventh-seeded Mars in the a first-round WPIAL Class AAA playoff game at Fox Chapel High School. The game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Indiana (13-7), which finished second in Section 2-AAA, will face Blackhawk on Saturday at Pullman Park, in Butler, at 7 p.m. The Cougars (12-2) won the Section 1-AAA title and were awarded the top seed.
“They were a good team but they came out flat and we came out firing on all cylinders,” first-year Indiana coach Ryan Davies said. “That was really the ideal start for us, especially with Sean on the mound.”
The Indians got on the board first and scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. Trent Ream highlighted the onslaught with a two-run double that scored Thompson and Creps.
Danny Clark and Cole Shaffer each ripped RBI-singles in the following inning to stretch Indiana’s lead to 7-0.
Two innings later, Thompson belted an RBI-double to enforce the mercy rule and end the game.
“Sean was there from start to finish, but that’s not to take anything away from the guys,” Davies said. “They played good defense, they ran the bases well and they were able to string hits together when they needed them. Essentially every player on the team contributed to the win.”
Thompson tossed a three-hitter, struck out four and walked one. He also went 2-for-3.
Shaffer went 3-for-4, and Clark and Bo Putt each singled twice.
Davies expressed excitement for the daunting task of facing the top-seeded Cougars, who will start touted left-hander Brendan McKay, a University of Louisville recruit, who hasn’t allowed a run in 58 innings
“I’m excited to play him,” Davies said. “He’s due to let up some runs, and we’re going up there to beat him.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. No one thinks he can give up any runs, but we’re going to be aggressive and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”