Southridge

Southridge were limited to five hits in a 4-2 loss to Evansville Central to finish the regular season on Saturday at League Stadium. They are 11-16 heading to the postseason against Gibson Southern on May 30.

HUNTINGBURG — The Southridge Raiders mounted a comeback by the skin of their teeth with two outs and the bases loaded, down 4-0.

Freshman Tate Whitehead dropped in a two-run single to center.

The ballgame ended in an Evansville Central win on a pop-up near third base from senior Carter Whitehead for a 4-2 loss to cap the regular season for Southridge (11-16).

In a stingy outing out of the box, Southridge and Central were shut out through four frames.

Crisp fielding and a credible showing on the mound from junior Mick Uebelhor stymied the Bears early on at League Stadium.

Uebelhor went six innings with five hits allowed, two runs, two earned, a walk and five retired batters.

However, the Raiders had just a leadoff hit from Tate and looped double left of center by sophomore Hudson Allen, who were both stranded at second.

The team finished with six stranded runners, along with the Bears.

"We had chances," coach Gene Mattingly said. "(Senior Ethan Lyke of Central) made quality pitches and we just didn't put good at-bats together with guys in scoring position. I thought we were uncharacteristically passive in some of our at-bats with guys in scoring position."

In the next three innings, Southridge was hit with a wake-up call as the Bears plated four runners.

The first run crossed home by the slimmest of margins after a toss in the infield from Allen to catcher Blake Taylor, a sophomore.

The Raiders had an early call at first that involved Carter, go the wrong way on a potential hit.

"Both of those bang-bang...the bang-bang play at first, bang-bang play at home, (the umpires) have a better view," Mattingly said. "They are on top of the play so I'm not going to complain about them. I asked to see what they saw and they said they saw what they saw and they are not going to change the (call)."

Uebelhor hit a batter in the head, who later advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on two fielders' choices.

Tate said he has led off the past three games. He's in the midst of a wet spell at the plate.

"I think I'm just seeing the ball well and (Mattingly) decided to move me up," Tate said. "I'm hitting balls square. Today, they were good pitchers. They were throwing it right there and I was seeing it. I didn't have too many counts where I was down. They were just throwing strikes early."

On Saturday, he went 2-for-3 with two RBI to gain momentum heading into the playoffs, especially with the single with bases loaded with two down.

"I told myself it was like any other at-bat and just keep doing what I'm doing, hit the ball hard," Tate said.

He also swiped a base after his opening hit and another later. 

The Raiders to record hits were Allen, senior Carson Niehaus — who took a ball to the face on a face-first outfield dive — and sophomore Trey VanMeter.

The Raiders didn't commit any errors.

On May 30, the Raiders open sectional play against Gibson Southern at Princeton.

"It's kind of what we saw the last two days (Evansville North and Central), we'll probably see (senior Colton Okes), which is their one," Mattingly said. "He is kind of going to do the same thing. I think he is going to pound the zone and going to throw three pitches for strikes. We got to find a way to scratch more than a couple runs. They'll see Mick and he'll do a good job, and then they will see (sophomore) Keaton Allen."