Rothacker, Creek blank Edison for series sweep
RICHMOND — In less than ideal conditions, Hunter Rothacker was on top of his game.
Rothacker pitched seven strong innings, en route to a shutout, as the Indian Creek baseball team blanked Edison, 6-0, Monday evening at Jefferson Late State Park to sweep the season series.
“Considering the conditions and everything, he pitched well,” Indian Creek (6-3) head coach Mike Cottis said about his pitcher. “He got into some jams, but he beared down, and he was able to get out of them. He pounded the zone, and our defense made the plays behind him.”
Rothacker record five strikeouts, while walking one and allowing four hits.
“He threw well,” Edison (2-7) head coach Mike Collopy said. “He is a nice pitcher. We just didn’t score any runs. We can’t worry about any games we have played. We can’t play this game again. We have to focus on (Tuesday).”
Cam Cooley took the loss for the Wildcats. He struck out two, walked three and allowed six runs — half of which were unearned — on eight hits in six innings of work on the mound. Kaleb Whitmore pitched the seventh. He walked one and allowed one hit.
“Cam threw well,” Collopy said. “We made some mistakes in a couple of situations, and they took advantage.
“We didn’t get enough hits. We had some opportunities, but we weren’t able to get the big hit in those situations. We didn’t score. We did have some good at-bats late in the game. That was good to see. We just didn’t have that one big at-bat in one key situation.
Indian Creek outhit Edison, 9-4. The Wildcats also committed three errors, while Indian Creek played a clean game on defense.
The Redskins scored two runs in the top of the third before breaking the game open by scoring four more in the fifth.
“We ran the bases well,” Cottis said. “We were aggressive. We were able to take advantage of what they gave us.”
Catcher David Ferroni finished with two singles and a pair of RBIs to lead the way at the plate for Indian Creek. Cam Franke and Justice Morris each contributed a pair of base hits. Jacob Wright and Connor Shultz each collected a single. Aiden Fernandez, Corey Cottis and Isaiah Vandine all tallied an RBI.
Half of Edison’s hits went for extra bases. Matt Parsons produced a single and a double, Gage Cline doubled and Cooley chipped in with a single.
“It is great competition,” coach Cottis said. “We are two rivals. It is nice to be able to come out on this side. I am proud of the kids. We just want to keep it going.”
Indian Creek: Tentatively hosts Brooke today.
Edison: Tentatively travels to Oak Glen today.
“I told the kids I read something the other day that Auggie Garrido said,” Collopy said. “He said, ‘Baseball is easy when you are winning.’ We are not winning right now. This is a test of our character. We are a close group. We are going to stay positive.”
Indian Creek 6, Edison 0
Creek 0-0-2 0-4-0 0 — 6 9 0
Edison 0-0-0 0-0-0 0 — 0 4 3
INDIAN CREEK (6-3): Rothacker (WP, 0R, 4H, 5K, 1BB) and Ferroni. Orr S; Franke 2S; Ferroni 2S, 2RBIs; Fernandez RBI; Cottis RBI; Vandine RBI; Wright S; Shultz S; Morris 2S.
EDISON (2-7): Cooley (LP, 6IP, 6R, 3ER, 2K, 3BB), Whitmore (1IP, 0R, 1H, 0K, 1BB) and Wilson. Parsons S, D; Cooley S; Cline D.