Vincennes University had little trouble scoring runs against Edison State (Ohio) this weekend, and the baseball Trailblazers cruised to a three-game series sweep at Jerry Blemker Field on Friday and Saturday.
VU (10-5) won the nine-inning opener Friday, 8-3, and turned Saturday's scheduled seven-inning games into five-inning games with 10-run rule wins, 20-8, and 10-0.
Ryan Robison had the best pitching effort of the weekend, spinning a two-hit shutout in the finale. He scattered five walks and a hit batter in five innings, striking out six in picking up his second win. The sophomore also paced the offense, going 2-for-2 with a grand slam.
The Blazers scored three in the second inning and lit up the Chargers (0-5) for seven in the third inning to put it out of reach.
Devon Rodgers added a triple and a single; Trent Weiss triple, two runs, one RBI; Isaac Lane single, two RBIs; and Macaine Claycomb two RBIs. Jared Sermersheim worked three walks out of the lead-off spot.
VU decided Saturday's opener early with 14 runs over the first two innings. The margin grew to 20-1 after four innings before Edison State rallied for seven runs in the fifth.
Gage Wilson doubled among three hits with four RBIs; Lane smacked a three-run homer and scored three runs; Nate McVaigh 2-for-2, four runs, two RBIs; Rodgers double, three runs; Robison double, two RBIs; Cody Swimm double; Landen Freestone single, two runs, one RBI; Sermersheim two runs, one RBI; and Claycomb two runs.
Winning pitcher Kacey Cheek was strong through four innings before struggling in the fifth. He yielded six runs, five earned, on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.
In the series opener Friday, neither team scored over the final six innings, but a five-run third inning broke a 3-3 tie and pushed VU to victory.
Sermersheim and Eli Winkler keyed the Blazers' victory. Sermersheim was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Winkler hurled 4 1/3 hitless innings of relief, scattering four walks with four strikeouts to get the victory.
The whole lineup contributed for VU. Eight of the nine starters had hits, and the one that didn't, lead-off man Sean Becker, worked three walks. Claycomb singled twice with two RBIs; Weiss double, two RBIs; Luke Stock single, two RBIs; and Lane, Robison, Freestone and Max Flock added hits.
Nate Toone yielded three runs, two earned, on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
VU visits Frontier (Ill.) at 4 p.m. today.
Edison State |000 00 — 0 2 0
Vincennes |037 0x — 10 6 1
W-Ryan Robison (2-0). L-C.J. Kenworthy (0-2). 3B-V, Devon Rodgers, Trent Weiss. HR-Robison.
Edison State |100 07 — 8 8 0
Vincennes |683 3x — 20 10 2
W-Kacey Cheek (2-1). L-David Ernst (0-1). 2B-ES, Karter Peck, Lance MacDonald; V, Robison, Rodgers, Gage Wilson, Cody Swimm. HR-ES, Gavin McGaughey; V, Isaac Lane.
Edison State |030 000 000 — 3 6 1
Vincennes |035 000 00x — 8 12 1
W-Eli Winkler (2-0). L-James Ganion (0-2). 2B-ES, Lance MacDonald; V, Trent Weiss, Jared Sermersheim.
7th Lady Spartans take
2nd at Pike Central
PETERSBURG — South Knox's seventh-grade girls IBA team placed second in a tournament at Pike Central over the weekend.
The Spartans defeated the host Chargers, 28-20, before narrowly falling to South Spencer, 22-19. South Knox upended Princeton, 30-29, to get to the finals, but lost to South Spencer again, 35-21.
Scoring for the Spartans in the tournament were Bren Hill with 30 points, Ella Bobe 23, Delaney Foley 12, Mia Candler nine, Jade Powell eight, Delaynee Coomes seven, Caroline Beard six, Grace Carie two and Savannah Staggs one.
North Knox 6th IBA
notch runner-up finish
EVANSVILLE — North Knox's sixth-grade girls IBA team placed second in the Evansville Central 2020 Jam in the Gym over the weekend.
Host Central edged the Warriors in the championship game, 36-33. North Knox reached the finals with wins over Evansville Memorial Blue, 34-15; and Memorial White, 44-19 and 32-12.
Baylee McClure recorded 36 points in the four games, Lexi Primus 30, Milee LeRoy 29, Delani Pryor 17, Jade Richter 16, Leslie Kaetzel six, Rozlynn Thorne five, Abby Urbain four and Hayden Coats two.
Lincoln winter sports
banquet tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale this week at the Lincoln Athletic Office for the school's winter sports awards banquet on March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
The cost of the tickets is $10 and they can be purchased during school hours through Friday. Tickets are unavailable next week as the school is closed for spring break.