MINGO JUNCTION - Two teams needing a win met Monday and two timely hits were the difference.
Indian Creek got those two timely base knocks and Toronto did not in a 3-1 Redskins win at Muth Field.
"This feels good," said Indian Creek coach Mike Cottis, whose 14-10 team hosts Cambridge today. "We were on a four-game skid and they were all on the road. It was like we were beating ourselves up.
TURNING TWO — Toronto’s Tyler Antinone turns a double play as Indian Creek’s Tanner Wise watches the throw to first base during Monday’s 3-1 Redskins win at Muth Field. Indian Creek snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Red Knights have lose three of their last four games.
-- Mike Mathison
"It was nice to get home and play a solid game. The boys played solidly from start to finish."
Starters Jimmy Bolyog (Redskins) and Tyler Owens (Red Knights) both pitched gems.
"Jimmy threw strikes and kept them off-balance," said Cottis. "He did a fantastic job and we made plays.
"Tyler threw a great game for them, too."
The difference was two swings of the bat.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Billy Solomon led off with a single and eventually came around to score on Indian Creek's lone error.
Tanner Wise began the fourth inning by coaxing a full-count walk. Dustin Rath singled one out later.
Bolyog followed with a double to right that scored Wise.
Designated hitter Cole Yeater came to the dish and laced a two-RBI double to plate Rath and Bolyog.
"The difference today was our defense played and we got those timely hits," said Cottis. "We didn't hit the snot out of the ball today. But, we got the hits when it mattered."
For the Red Knights, who visit Bridgeport Wednesday, it is their third loss in the last four games.
"We got a good pitching performance, our fielding showed up behind him and, unfortunately, our bats didn't show up today," said Red Knights coach Brian Perkins.
Toronto had five singles, none in the same inning but for the seventh.
Austin Lucas began the inning with a single up the middle and, two outs later, Solomon singled for the second time. But, Bolyog induced a fly ball for the final out.
Sectional play begins Saturday in Division IV and the Red Knights play St. John Central at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport.
"I hope it changes by Saturday, if not, it's going to be a short tournament," said Perkins.
Indian Creek 3, Toronto 1
Toronto 001 000 0 - 1 5 0
Indian Creek 000 300 x - 3 4 1
TORONTO (17-4): Owens (LP, 7K, 3BB) and Solomon; Lucas S; Romey S; Antinone S; Solomon 2S.
INDIAN CREEK (14-10): Bolyog (WP, 4K, 1BB) and Freshwater; Wise S; Rath S, D; Bolyog D, RBI; Yeater D, 2RBI.