MINGO JUNCTION - Indian Creek found its offense in the home half of the fourth Tuesday and cruised to an 8-2 victory over Weir High at the John Muth Recreational Complex.
Held in check during their first three trips to the plate, the Redskins wiped out a 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in the fourth before adding three tallies in both the fifth and sixth frames.
Creek, which won for the first time in four outings, got going when Jimmy Bolyog led off the fourth with a double to center. Adam Freshwater delivered a run-scoring single and Mike Cottis' club was off and running. Freshwater scored thanks to Jonathan Woodbury's single up the middle.
WELCOMING PARTY — Weir High junior William Larch (25)?is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the first run of Tuesday’s game with Indian Creek at the John Muth Recreation Complex.
-- Mike Mathison
Winning pitcher Cole Yeater, Bolyog and Aaron Crawford all had base hits in Creek's three-run fifth. Three Weir fielding miscues opened the door for the final Redskin tallies.
"We finally put a complete game together today," Cottis said. "It started off slow again with the hitting but in the fourth inning; Freshwater got it going and that kind of opened things up for us. As the old saying goes, hitting is contagious and after that, we started putting the ball on the ball."
Creek managed just two hits in the first three innings before finishing with nine.
Yeater went the distance on the hill, scattering seven hits and recording 11 strikeouts. The junior retired the first eight Red Rider batters he faced.
"Cole worked ahead in the count and was able to use all his pitches," Cottis noted. "Coach Randy (Cottis) called a great game for him. He did get into some binds, but was able to work his way out of them. That's the sign of a good pitcher."
Mitchell Viakley took the pitching loss. The senior mowed down eight Redskins via strikes during 4 innings.
"We were in a battle early on," first-year Weir coach Jason Angle commented. "Mitchell was on today but unfortunately, we didn't make some routine plays that would have helped get him out of innings or different scenarios. His pitch count got up to 84, then 100 and I had to replace him.
"We had four or five balls dropped in the outfield. Regardless of the wind, they have to be caught. That's the Mitchell I was counting on at the beginning of the year. That's what we have to have out of him when he is on the hill."
The now 0-4 Riders struck first when Will Larch reached on an error. He advanced on Chris Russell's single and scored when Jacob Rosnick doubled to center.
Viakley delivered an RBI in the seventh (scoring Kody Knight) to account for the other Weir run.
Bolyog paced the Creek offense with a double and a single. Yeater and Crawford delivered two singles each. The Redskins will visit Buckeye Local today.
"Hopefully today was a confidence builder," Cottis stated. "We have a tough one with Buckeye, they've been playing well. If these guys can put a game like this together every day, they have a chance to win."
Knight finished with two singles for Weir, which is scheduled to visit John Marshall today.
"We're young and that's a good thing for the future," Angle added. "But the future is the future and we need the present to start coming alive. We need to gain some confidence and continue to work at getting better."
Indian Creek 8, Weir 2
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Indian Creek 000 233 x - 8 9 1
WEIR (0-4): Viakley (LP, 2 BB, 8K), Larch (5, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K), Komorowski (6, 1BB, 1K) and McCartney; Knight 2S, Viakley S, RBI, Larch S, Russell S, Rosnick D, RBI, Spencer S.
INDIAN CREEK (1-3): Yeater (WP, 1BB, 1 HBP, 11 K) and Freshwater; Yeater 2S; Bolyog D, S; Freshwater S, RBI; Crawford 2S; Woodbury S, RBI; Krager S.