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Titans defeat Indians in baseball

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Tr’s Peyton Wooten fires the ball toward the plate against a batter from visiting Union City during Thursday evening’s TEC baseball game. Wooten hurled six innings for the win and helped his own cause with a two-run homer as the Titans defeated the Indians 12-4 to remain undefeated.
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Tri third baseman Dillon Stevens (12) makes a great catch of a sinking liner hit by a visiting Union City batter as a teammate watches during Thursday evening’s TEC baseball game. The Titans defeated the Indians 12-4 to remain undefeated for the season.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

LEWISVILLE - The Tri High School varsity baseball team hosted Union City Thursday evening for a Tri-Eastern Conference game and defeated the Indians 12-4 to remain undefeated in both the TEC (2-0) and for the season (4-0).

“We’re playing really well right now,” Tri Coach Tony Benefiel said after the game, “and a lot of different guys are contributing, which is great to see. We jumped on them (Indians) early, they crept to within a run, and then we more or less put the game away. We graduated several good seniors off last year’s team, so it’s great to see some of these guys step in and fill the holes left by those departing seniors.”

All of the scoring occurred in the first four innings. The host Titans plated a pair of runs in both the bottom of the first and second innings to go up 4-0. Union City pulled to within a single run by scoring three times in the top of the third inning, but Tri answered with five runs in the bottom half of that frame to boost its lead to 9-3. The Indians scored their final run in the top of the fourth inning, and the Titans came back with three runs in their half of that inning to make it 12-4 and close out the scoring in the contest.

Tri batted .472 in the game and pounded out 17 hits in 36 at-bats. Gage Rowe led the hit parade for the Titans with three safeties (all doubles), Kyle Falck had two doubles, Andrew Pierce had two hits including a double, and Peyton Wooten had two hits, including a two-run homer.

Also getting two hits apiece were Shawn Melton, Jimmie Jeffries, and Jacob Marshall. Tri’s other hits were garnered by fraternal twin brothers Jarod and Dillon Stevens.

Jeffries led the Titans in RBI with three, Rowe and Wooten had two apiece, and Melton, Pierce, and Dillon Stevens had one each. Rowe scored four runs for the hosts, Falck, Pierce, and Jeffries crossed the plate twice apiece, and Dillon Stevens and Wooten each scored one run.

Wooten started on the mound for the hosts and hurled six innings, allowing eight hits, four runs (two earned), walked two, and struck out nine Indian batters. Luke Hill pitched the seventh inning in relief and allowed nothing to Union City, although one hitter reached base on a fielding error.

“I thought Peyton pitched really well,” Benefiel added, “and then Luke did a good job in relief. If we can get pitching like this all season, we’ll be in good shape.”

For the Indians, Hunter Reagan and Cam Luster had two hits apiece and Jacob Curry, Joshua Crawford, Payne Abel, and Gavin Teeter had one each. Curry, Crawford, Luster, and Nic Wells scored the Union City runs, and Curry, Reagan, and Jacob Bradbury had RBI.

Wells started on the mound for the Indians, hurled 2 1/3 innings, and gave up eight hits, seven runs (six earned), walked one batter, and struck out four. Bradbury followed and gave up nine hits, five runs (four earned), and walked and fanned one batter apiece. Jayden Hindsley pitched 2/3 innings and allowed nothing, whiffing one batter.

Tri played a doubleheader at Cambridge City Lincoln Saturday and hosts Eastern Hancock on Tuesday.