MINGO JUNCTION - A solid all-around performance helped Indian Creek earn a 9-3 victory over Harrison Central Wednesday at the John Muth Recreational Complex.
"Our record doesn't indicate how hard these guys are playing," Creek coach Mike Cottis said. "They come every day and work hard. They take all the pointers and are trying to make themselves better.
"The other day out at Harrison (the Huskies earned a 4-2 victory Monday) we played a good game but (Dustin) Reddish just threw a really good game (he allowed just one hit) against us.
With the win, the Redskins improve to 2-7 and will entertain Beaver Local today.
"It's a testament to the character of these guys, they just keep working and play with enthusiasm every day win or lose," Cottis said. "Hopefully, we can take this and build on it."
Indian Creek's trio of southpaw pitchers (starter Aaron Crawford, Johnathan Blackburn and Jimmy Bolyog) held the Huskies to five hits. Crawford worked four and two-thirds innings to collect the victory.
"I asked Crawford to give me six strong today and he gave me almost five," Cottis stated.
"He battled out there and had all his stuff working. He was able to keep them off balance."
Crawford fanned four during his time on the hill.
At the plate, Creek collected nine hits and scored in all but one inning. The Redskins did strand 11 runners.
Tanner Wise drew a two-out, bases loaded walk in the second to plate Mike Freshwater (he singled to start the frame) with Creek's first tally. The Redskins loaded the sacks again in the third and scored twice when Anthony Krager was called safe at first following an infield grounder.
Creek posted single runs in the fourth and fifth thanks to a Freshwater RBI and a Harrison Central miscue in the field.
The hosts exploded for four in the sixth, Mason Gibbons driving home a pair with a base hit.
Gibbons (three RBIs), Freshwater and Krager all had two hits for the winners.
"Today, we kept battling at the plate and almost got double-digit hits," said.
"They gave us some extra outs (the Huskies committed five errors) but the good thing was, we took advantage of that today finally. I'm really proud of these guys."
The Creek defense also came through with several stellar plays.
Harrison had cut its deficit to 3-2 in the fourth on a Giovanni Rocchi's run-scoring single. Austin Kowalski followed that hit with one of his own but Rocchi was cut down at the plate.
After fielding Kowalski's base knock in right-center, Bolyog fired a strike to shortshop Cole Yeater who then rifled the ball home to catcher Dylan Whitaker.
The now 5-4 Huskies loaded the bases again in the fifth with two outs but their rally ended when Creek second baseman Adam Freshwater made a diving catch on a sinking liner off the bat of Ian Saho.
"On that play at the plate, Jimmy (Bolyog) did a good job of getting the ball it then Cole (Yeater) threw a rocket and Dylan (Whitaker) blocked the plate and made the play," Cottis said.
"Freshwater made a nice stab on a line drive and Krager snared one at third. It was a total team effort, everything kind of clicked today."
Brennan Graves started on the hill for the Huskies and took the loss. Saho took over in the fifth and Bryson Porter in the sixth.
Mike Valesko's club, which hosts Buckeye Local at noon today, left 10 runners on base (seven during the final three innings).
"Whenever you don't field the ball, you are going to lose games," Valesko stated. "The scoreboard said five errors but we counted eight in our stats. You just can't give a team three extra innings. We've been fielding it well the last couple of games but not today.
"You leave them loaded and not come away with a run, that's tough to swallow.
"We couldn't have asked for much more in one inning, we had our number two hitter up. Most of the time, he's going to deliver but unfortunately he got under one and popped it up. That's going to happen."
Dalton Rutter had two of Harrison's five hits.
Indian Creek 9, Harrison Central 3
HC 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 5 5
Creek 0 1 2 1 1 4 x 9 9 2
HARRISON CENTRAL: Graves (LP, 4K, 3BB) Saho (5, 0K, 0BB) Porter (6, 1K, 1BB) and Staten. Rutter 2S, RBI; Rocchi S, RBI; Kowalski S; Porter S.
INDIAN CREEK: Crawford (WP, 4k, 3BB) Blackburn (5, 0K, 1BB) Bolyog (6, 1K, 2BB) and Whitaker. Yeater (WP, 11K, 1BB) and Freshwater; Gibbons 2S, 2RBI; Wise S, RBI; M. Freshwater 2S, RBI; Krager 2S, RBI; Bolyog S, Crawford S.