Weir High ends recent struggles, disposes Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION — One day after allowing 20 runs to Brooke, the Weir baseball team turned it around on Tuesday and received a good outing from its starting pitcher en route to a 20-5 victory over Indian Creek in five innings at John Muth Field.

The game was quite a turnaround for Weir as the Red Riders had given up 36 runs in their last two games, including 16 to Creek on Saturday.

The Red Riders recorded the first 20 runs on Tuesday. Chris Gillette started and picked up the win for Weir. He struck out two, walked none and did not allow a run in his four innings of work.

“Chris threw very well,” Weir (5-11) head coach Jason Angle said. “We kept an eye on his pitch count. We wanted to keep him less than 50, so we would only need one day of rest. He threw well.

“We had nice offensive support for him today. That has not always been the case so far this season. We had a good day offensively, we got good pitching and we played good defense. When you do that, you are going to have a good day.”

The Redskins scored five runs off of two Weir pitchers in the bottom of the fifth, but it was not enough to continue the game.

“I have been around a long time as a player and as a coach, and I have never been a part of a game like that before,” Indian Creek (7-12) head coach Mike Cottis said. “You can’t defend walks. We dug ourselves a hole, and we could not recover.”

After a scoreless first inning, Weir erupted for 11 runs in the second to break the game open. The Red Riders plated two more runs in the third before pushing across seven in the fifth.

“It is a confidence thing,” Angle said. “We are trying to put it together going into the postseason.”

Tanner Mikula came on to pitch the fifth inning for Weir, but he was only able to record two outs. He walked four batters without recording a strikeout. Nicholas D’Amico pitched the last 1/3 of an inning, and he did not have a strikeout but walked a batter.

The Redskins used four pitchers. Josh Speaker started and took the loss. He did not record a strikeout, while walking four in his one inning of work.

“We gave up too many free passes,” Cottis said. “They would get runners, and then they would come up with a big hit.”

All 20 of the Red Riders’ runs were earned. Elijah Gillette tallied four singles and an RBI. Chris Gillette collected a single and three RBIs. Mikula contributed a three-run double. Brodie McUmar recorded a two-run single, Tyler Komorowski contributed a two-run double and Reid Hoover produced a single, a double and an RBI. Cody Tate chipped in with two singles and three RBIs. Ryan Bodrog delivered a single and two RBIs. Drew Curtis added an RBI single.

Klay and Kody Cottis each collected a pair of base hits for Indian Creek. Speaker produced a two-run double. Tyler Smarella tallied an RBI single. Brayden Starkey and Amis drew bases-loaded walks to bring home runs.

Both teams are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. today at home. Weir will take on Linsly, while Indian Creek will host Harrison Central in a Buckeye 8 tournament game.

Weir 20, Indian Creek 5

Weir 0-11-2 0-7 — 20 15 1

Indian Creek 0-0-0 0-5 — 5 8 0

WEIR (5-11): C. Gillette (WP, 4IP, 0R, (0ER), 6H, 2K, 0BB), Mikula (2/3IP, 5R, (2ER), 1H, 0K, 4BB), D’Amico (1/3IP, 0R, (0ER), 1H, 0K, 1BB) and McUmar.

INDIAN CREEK (7-12): Speaker (LP, 1IP, 9R, (9ER), 4H, 0K, 4BB), Wright (3IP, 4R, (4ER), 6H, 1K, 1BB), Michalos (0IP, 5R (5ER), 2H, 0K, 2BB), Amis (1IP, 2R, (2ER), 3H, 0K, 0BB) and Ko. Cottis.

TWO OR MORE HITS: Weir (E. Gillette 4, Tate 3, Hoover 2); Indian Creek (Kl. Cottis 2, Ko. Cottis 2). DOUBLES: Weir 2 (Hoover, Mikula); Indian Creek(Speaker). TRIPLES: Weir none; Indian Creek none. HOME RUNS: Weir none; Indian Creek none. RBIs: Weir 20 (C. Gillette 3, Mikula 3, Tate 3, McUmar 2, Komorowski 2, Bodrog 2, Curtis, E. Gillette, Hoover, Wypasek, Spencer) ; Indian Creek 5 (Speaker 2, Starkey, Smarella, Amis).