Early runs help No. 3 Bluejackets beat Salem 5-1

By Noah Dalton

MITCHELL – After losing their second game of the season in their previous outing on Friday against Perry Central, No. 3 ranked Mitchell High School got back on track on Wednesday with a 5-1 win over Salem.

The Bluejackets were able to score early against the Lions, getting their first runner of the game across home plate in the first inning, when Simon Gaines, who singled to leadoff the inning reached home after a Salem error.

It was the second inning where Mitchell did their best work behind the plate, scoring four runs on four hits in the period.

Gibson Glassco and Ashton Luman reached base on back-to-back hits to kick things off, before another Lions error allowed Gaines to reach base, scoring Glassco for the team’s second run of the game. A two-run triple from Ben Seitzinger followed, with an RBI-single from Carsyn Herald bringing him home in the next at bat for their fifth run of the game.

Ben Seitzinger heads to third after batting in to runs for Mitchell against Salem

Though they were unable to score for the remainder of play, the Bluejackets’ 5-0 lead at that point was enough to seal it, as they were able to hold Salem to just one run in the game, which was scored by Kaleb Tucker in the fifth inning after a base hit from Cameron Albertson.

Mitchell head coach Jerry Chaney commended his teams’ effort on the night, citing their ability to bring runners home, with four RBIs in the game, as well as their sound defense play which saw the team commit just one error as keys to the game.

Aiden Premo hustles to catch a fly ball for Mitchell

“I thought we played a nice game. We pitched well, made the routine plays routinely and had some timely hitting,” said Chaney. “We beat a well coached team.”

Herald finished the game with two hits in three at bats to lead the Bluejackets. He finished the night with two RBIs as well, which was matched by Seitzinger following his second-inning triple.

Mitchell’s Carsyn Herald swings at pitch on Wednesday during the team’s matchup against Salem

Gaines earned the win for Mitchell, his third of the season. He pitched five innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, striking out five of the 22 Salem batters he faced in the game.

The Bluejackets are now 11-2 on the year, with a 3-1 record in Patoka Lake Athletic Conference games. They’ll play next on Thursday, when they take on PLAC opponent Orleans (3-7).

Simon Gaines warms up at the mound for Mitchell

The Bulldogs are currently tied with Mitchell at 3-1 in PLAC play. Both teams trail Perry Central, who are now 4-0 in the conference after their victory over the Bluejackets on Friday, followed by a win against Paoli on Tuesday.

Mitchellmore stats
Simon Gaines421000
AJ Sarver300010
Ben Seitzinger311200
Carsyn Herald302200
Ethan Turner301000
Kody Earl300001
Bryson Zeeks301001
Gibson Glassco211010
Ashton Luman211001
Connor Teague000000
Aiden Premo

Batting3B: Ben Seitzinger, Bryson Zeeks
TB: Simon Gaines, Gibson Glassco, Carsyn Herald 2, Ashton Luman, Ben Seitzinger 3, Ethan Turner, Bryson Zeeks 3
RBI: Carsyn Herald 2, Ben Seitzinger 2
SAC: Ashton Luman
ROE: Simon Gaines, Carsyn Herald, Ethan Turner
GIDP: Bryson Zeeks
SB: Simon Gaines 2
CS: Connor Teague
TotalsTeam QAB: 14 (48.28%)
Kody Earl, Simon Gaines 3, Gibson Glassco 2, Carsyn Herald, Ashton Luman, AJ Sarver 2, Ben Seitzinger, Ethan Turner, Bryson Zeeks 2

Team LOB: 6FieldingE: Gibson Glassco

Mitchellmore stats
Simon Gaines5.078.654411510
Ashton Luman2.026.654000210
Ben Seitzinger0.00.000000000

PitchingW: Simon Gaines
HBP: Simon Gaines 2
WP: Simon Gaines
Pitches-Strikes: Simon Gaines 78-51, Ashton Luman 26-17, Ben Seitzinger 0-0
Groundouts-Flyouts: Simon Gaines 6-4, Ashton Luman 3-0, Ben Seitzinger 0-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Simon Gaines 14-22, Ashton Luman 3-7, Ben Seitzinger 0-0

Salemmore stats
Kaleb Tucker211011
Josh Burton400001
Cameron Albertson301101
Chance Colwell302000
Jaden Amos300002
Zayne Paulley200000
Evan Bowling200011
Nick Ingram300001
Adam Mull300000
Braxton Dean000000
Waylon Foster000000
Sawyer Davis

Batting2B: Kaleb Tucker
TB: Cameron Albertson, Chance Colwell 2, Kaleb Tucker 2
RBI: Cameron Albertson
HBP: Zayne Paulley, Kaleb Tucker
SB: Braxton Dean
TotalsTeam QAB: 9 (31.03%)
Jaden Amos, Chance Colwell 2, Josh Burton, Evan Bowling 2, Kaleb Tucker 3

Team LOB: 7FieldingE: Josh Burton, Evan Bowling 2
DP: Cameron Albertson, Josh Burton, Reardon

Salemmore stats
Chance Colwell6.093.677853320

PitchingL: Chance Colwell
Pitches-Strikes: Chance Colwell 93-63
Groundouts-Flyouts: Chance Colwell 4-9
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Chance Colwell 19-29