POSEYVILLE — South Spencer’s comeback attempt fell short in a 6-4 loss to North Posey in PAC baseball on Friday.
Trailing by five runs entering the third inning, the Rebels scored three times to pull within two. Denver Epperson and Ty Brown led off the frame with back-to-back singles before Noah Bunner hit a three-run home run.
The Rebels would get a runner on base in the fourth and fifth but their most serious threat to tie or take the lead came in the sixth when Duke Sitzman led off with a single and Brody Heichelbech drew a one-out walk to put the potential game-tying run on base.
However, Sitzman was caught stealing for the second out and a strikeout ended the threat altogether. The Rebels were retired in order in the seventh.
It was South Spencer that struck first to start the game. After two strikeouts, Bunner doubled and scored on Mattingly’s RBI single to give the Rebels a 1-0 advantage.
North Posey answered with consecutive three-run innings.
In the first, Ethan Mansfield’s RBI single tied the game at 1-1 before Logan Simmons’ base hit scored Easton Luigs, who had reached on a double, to give the Vikings a 2-1 edge. A sacrifice fly later in the inning made it a two-run contest.
An inning later, Jed Galvin and Colby Angel led off with consecutive singles and both scored on Luigs’ RBI double that extended the margin to four runs at 5-1. Simmons’ RBI single scored Luigs to make it a five-run game.
Nolan Kihn earned the victory for the Vikings, pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits and five strikeouts. Luigs pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and gave up two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Bunner took the loss on the mound, pitching all six innings and surrendering six earned runs on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts. At the plate, he finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three driven in.
Mattingly was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Rebels while Epperson and Brown each finished 1-for-4 with a run in the loss.
Luigs went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Angel finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
With the loss, the Rebels fell to 1-11 on the season. South Spencer was scheduled to play Reitz and Forest Park on Monday and Tuesday before hosting PAC foe Princeton on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
BOONVILLE 11 SOUTH SPENCER 0
South Spencer 0-0-0-0-0-x-x—0-2-3
WP: Sharp, B. LP: Heck, SS.
2B-Gladish, Sharp, Jamison and Sowder, B. 3B-Sharp, B.
NORTH POSEY 6 SOUTH SPENCER 4
South Spencer 1-0-3-0-0-0-0—4-8-0
North Posey 3-3-0-0-0-0-x—6-9-1
WP: Kihn, NP. LP: Bunner, SS.
2B-Bunner, SS; Luigs (2) and Angel, NP. HR-Bunner, SS.
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