Purple Panthers defeat Cavaliers, 5-1
By Daniel Winningham
Litchfield High School scored twice in the third and sixth innings and also pushed across another tally in the bottom of the fifth on its way to a 5-1 home win over Carlinville High School May 6.
Carlinville was limited to just four hits in the road loss. The only run for CHS came in the top of the fifth inning as Kris Emmons’ sacrifice fly drove in Ben Rogers.
Rogers and Emmons both finished with hits for Carlinville.
Others providing hits for CHS were Eric Pingolt and Jake Carter.
Carlinville dropped to 6-16 overall with the road loss. CHS is 0-8 in the South Central Conference and 1-9 in road games. Litchfield is now 4-4 in conference competition.
Carlinville was unsuccessful in both of its attempts to steal May 6.
Joeb Easterday was the starting pitcher for CHS. He pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits. Easterday struck out seven, walked five and hit one batter. Two of the seven hits he allowed went for extra bases as Litchfield had one double and one triple.
Easterday, who has struck out 37 batters in 34 innings of work in eight appearances, dropped to 2-5 this season. Easterday picked off one base runner in the loss to the Purple Panthers. He has the only two pick-offs of the year for the CHS pitching staff. Easterday has faced 176 batters this season which is second-most on the team. He also has posted a 5.56 earned run average, fourth-best on the team.
Through 22 games this season, Ross Albert leads the team in runs scored (16), hits (20), batting average, (.303) and is tied for the team lead with seven doubles. Bryce DeSpain is hitting .295 and has a team-high 10 walks and leads the club in on-base percentage (.413). DeSpain has seven doubles.
Albert and Rogers both have 10 stolen bases to pace the Cavaliers.
Pana up next
Carlinville, looking to snap its seven-game losing streak, traveled to Hardin-Calhoun for a non-conference road game May 7. The game result was unavailable by press time.
Carlinville will take on Pana High School Thursday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. at the high school field. Seniors will be recognized along with their parents prior to the start of the game.
CHS begins play in the IHSA Class 2A Regional May 13. The No. 4 Cavaliers will host No. 5 Vandalia at the high school field with the winner advancing to take on No. 1 Litchfield Wednesday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Vandalia.
Cavaliers come up short against Gillespie
Gillespie High School scored twice in the top of the first and added two more runs in the fifth inning as it earned a 4-1 victory over CHS May 2.
Carlinville was limited to just one hit in the loss. Brayton Gibbs scored the only run for CHS after tripling and coming in to score when Ross Albert was at the plate.
Kris Emmons pitched the entire contest for Carlinville. He allowed two earned runs on eight hits.
Emmons struck out five and walked just one batter but took the loss as the CHS offense was unable to provide much assistance.
Toward the end of the game, both teams appeared content to let the umpire take the bat out of their hands as six of the final 12 outs in the sixth and seventh innings came on called third strikes.
Four of Carlinville’s final six outs came on ring-ups by home plate umpire Jacob Hainsfurther.
The contest started early at 3:45 instead of 4:30 p.m., prompting CHS athletic director Darrin DeNeve to handle umpiring duties in the field before the regular umpire arrived.