EVANSVILLE — Lincoln's Raden Benson and Evansville Central's Blake Herdes were each working on shutouts until Herdes homered off Benson in the fifth inning, and the Bears added three more runs in the sixth to take out the Alices, 4-1, in a Southern Indiana Athletic Conference baseball game Thursday.
Benson was the tough-luck loser, giving up just the one run while scattering six hits and four walks with one strikeout in five innings. Kanden Vash and Blake Meade finished on the mound for Lincoln (5-7, 1-3 SIAC).
Eric Vickers, Coleton Pfoff, and Trey Fox each had a hit for the Alices, who managed their tally in the seventh inning when Pfoff scored on an error. Herdes no-hit Lincoln through 5 2/3 innings, but struck out just three in the complete-game win.
“It was a really good ball game, and it was a good pitcher's duel between (Herdes) and Raden,” Lincoln coach Tim Hutchison said. “The defense played well, and we had some good at-bats, but we just didn't really square anything up until the seventh. We made a nice run at it, but their kid made a nice double play to end it. We made our usual comeback attempt, but I'd like to see us take that approach from the beginning.
“The story for us was Raden. He did a great job of holding down a good hitting team. We just couldn't square anything up (offensively). I can't be disappointed in the effort. We played well, but we ended up on the short end of it.”
Central also defeated Lincoln, 10-4, in the Alices' McDonald's tournament earlier this month. It was a similar game in that the Bears broke up a tie in the sixth.
Lincoln hosts South Knox at 6 p.m. Friday. The Alices are honoring long-time radio broadcaster Dave Young prior to the game, and those festivities start at 5:30 p.m.
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W-Blake Herdes. L-Raden Benson. 2B-EC, Benjamin Kennedy, Henry Brown. HR-EC, Herdes.