Bluejackets no longer undefeated after 13-3 loss to Corydon Central on Tuesday

By Noah Dalton

CORYDON – After winning their first six games of the season, Mitchell High School were finally beaten on Tuesday, falling at the hands of Corydon Central in dominant fashion 13-3.

The Bluejackets led early on against the Panthers, after a sacrifice fly from Ben Seitzinger and an RBI single from Carsyn Herald brought home AJ Sarver and Simon Gaines to give Mitchell a 2-0 lead. They’d add another run to their total before the final out, as Connor Teague, who was brought in as a courtesy runner for Herald, crossed home plate after an error from Corydon Central.

Mitchell’s Carsyn Herald during an at bat in the team’s April 5 matchup against Bloomfield

That lead wouldn’t last long though, as the Panthers managed to load the bases with just one out in the second inning. From there, a walk from Bluejackets’ pitcher Kody Earl, as well as two RBI singles, one from Wes Taylor and the other from Logan Edwards, to follow cleared all runners to put Corydon up 4-2.

Mitchell were not able to make their way back into the game after the second inning, giving up 10 more runs by the sixth inning, which initiated the IHSAA’s mercy rule and ended the game.

Earl took the loss for the Bluejackets after getting the start, putting his season record from the mound at 1-1. He threw for just over two innings against Corydon-Central before he was relieved by Ashton Luman in the bottom of the third. Luman remained at the mound until the sixth when Bryson Zeeks was subbed in for him.

Mitchell junior Kody Earl throws a pitch in the team’s April 5 matchup against Bloomfield

In total, Mitchell’s pitchers faced 40 Panthers’ batters, who combined for 12 hits in the game.

Corydon Central’s Tyler Stark earned the win, pitching all six innings on his way to striking out five and allowing three runs.

The Bluejackets’ finished with five hits, one from Sarver, one from Zeeks and three from Herald, who finished the game a perfect 3/3 from the plate.

With their season record now at 6-1, Mitchell will look to bounce back in the next game, when they’ll travel to face Patoka Lake Atheltic Conference opponent Paoli (2-3).

The Bluejackets, who are currently 1-0 in the PLAC, are defending conference champions after going undefeated in conference games last season.