Cavaliers defeat Spartans in extra innings
If pitching and good defense is one’s preference, the performance of Carlinville High School’s varsity baseball March 23 certainly would have caught the attention of the casual baseball fan. The Cavaliers outlasted the Spartans 1-0 in 10 innings.
“Kris Emmons pitched one heck of a game,” CHS coach Logan Ridenhour said. “He went all 10 innings for a three-hit shutout.”
Carlinville needed the pitching performance from Emmons because the team’s bats were unable to string hits together to plate any runs for the first nine innings.
“We just couldn’t get our bats going, but the guys never stopped fighting,” Ridenhour said. “North Greene kept getting base runners but we found ways to get out of the innings unscathed.”
In the 10th inning, Emmons made contact and provided the game-winning hit that scored Carlinville’s Jeff Hart.
“I’m pleased with the tenacity that the boys showed,” Ridenhour said.
Mohawks defeat Cavaliers, 14-3
Host Morrisonville scored six runs in the second and third innings and plated two more runs in the home half of the fourth inning on its way to a 14-3 victory over CHS March 19.
Eric Pingolt was the starting pitcher for CHS. He went 2 1-3 innings, allowing 12 runs (seven earned). Pingolt struck out one and walked one.
Offensively, Jeff Hart went 1-2 and scored a run. Pingolt had two doubles in three at-bats and drove in a run. Clayton Campbell finished with two hits in two trips to the plate. He also scored a run and drove in a run.
CHS tallied two runs in the top of the third inning and added another run in the fourth inning.
Carlinville is now 2-2 overall.
Vandalia up next
With no school March 25 and 26, the team has been unable to hold practice.
CHS was supposed to host Nokomis March 21 but that game was postponed. Brussels is on the schedule for March 27 but that contest will need to be switched to another date.
Ridenhour is not sure when the team will be able to play again but he’s optimistic it will be later this week.
“Maybe Friday,” he said. “If not, then Monday.”
Carlinville is scheduled to travel to Vandalia Friday, March 29, for a 1 p.m. contest.
The Cavaliers host Staunton High School Monday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m.