Baseball Team Picks Up CIC Win Over Argylls

Posted on May 13, 2017 in Baseball, Spring Sports

FAIRMOUNT — Whatever problems the Oak Hill baseball team is having this spring, scoring runs isn’t among them, and it helps to have a catalyst like Wes Transier at the top of the batting order.
The junior catcher was 4-for-4 Friday afternoon and helped the Golden Eagles end a five-game losing streak with a 14-3 victory over host and county rival Madison-Grant in five innings. Transier also produced two RBIs and scored three times.
“I was seeing the ball well tonight and just getting in the box thinking ‘where am I going to hit this next one and how can I help my team out, how can I score another run’,” Transier said.
Oak Hill (11-9, 1-4 Central Indiana Conference) sent 11 batters to the plate in the very first inning to build a 6-0 lead. Madison-Grant (1-16, 0-6) answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, but the Eagles batted around again in the fourth to lead 11-3 and scored three more times in the fifth to put the mercy-run rule in effect.
“We knew this time of year was going to be tough – Cass, Frankton, Alec (Alexandria), Mississinewa, Elwood – and those were going to be grinding games,” Oak Hill coach Shane Edwards said. “Now it’s on the back end, but we still had a bad inning like we’ve had all year with a walk and couple errors and got complacent.
“What we had been doing was stay in that 6-3 ballgame, and this time we were swinging and were aggressive and executed small ball and that’s how we’ve got to go,” Edwards added.
Oak Hill averages 6.3 runs and came into Friday hitting .326 collectively for the season. Transier raised his batting average from .409 to .443 and improved his on base percentage to .493 with his perfect day at the plate, and he’s scored 25 runs from the leadoff spot.
“I’ve started in leadoff every game and I’ve learned to get comfy with it,” he said. “I’m probably one of the faster ones on the team and if I can get on base we’ve got Brody (Hardcastle) and ‘Nellie’ (Braden Nelson) behind me who can score me and it’s a pretty good combo.”
Edwards said Transier is the type of player who will do what’s necessary in any situation.
“He can get on base,” Edwards said of Transier. “He opened the game with a foul ball home run and the next pitch he bunts and gets on. He’s just that versatile of a player and a team guy who will do anything to help us.
“He plays center (field) and catches and there’s probably not a lot of guys in the state of Indiana who do that. But he’s been willing to do anything for us, offensively or defensively, and I’ve been very pleased with him.”
Nelson also was doing his job, hitting 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored and raised his batting average from .429 to .450. His bloop double into left field in the first inning plated Transier and Hardcastle and gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead just three batters into the game.
After Transier and Nelson, who combined for seven hits, the Eagles had only three other base hits. But Spencer Ballinger’s lone hit was a fifth-inning triple that put the Eagles ahead 10 runs, and he brought in two other runs with groundouts. Nate Alston delivered a RBI single in the first and was on base four times, and he stole home in the fourth after he was hit by a pitch.
“I know we had 14 runs, but there weren’t a lot of big hits, other than Nelson’s double and Spencer’s triple,” Edwards said. “Other than that it was just a bunch of base hits and taking extra bases.”
Hardcastle came into the game batting .486 and was 0-for-3 with a walk and scored twice, which dropped his average slightly to .466.
Madison-Grant was batting .199 as a team entering Friday’s play and mustered just two base hits against four Eagles pitchers. Kurt Tobias hit a RBI single and Clayton Lawrence delivered a sacrifice fly in the Argylls first, with the other run scoring on an Eagles throwing error.
“We are taking baby steps and are getting there,” first-year Madison-Grant coach Scott Haley said. “We were not as competitive as I thought we would be or hoped we would be, but the kids are working hard.
“I saw the roster coming back and Madison-Grant graduated seven seniors from last year and the JV won only one game, so we knew we had our hands tied and our work cut out for us,” Haley added. “But we’re in this for the long haul. We need to get the feeder system going and have everyone playing as much as they possibly can.”
Madison-Grant hosts a four-team invitational today and plays Northfield at 9 a.m. Oak Hill competes in the Miami County tournament and meets Maconaquah at noon today in the opening round.

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