South Callaway Bulldogs shut out 4-0 by Abercrombie, Montgomery County
South Callaway baseball has lost three consecutive games, but did so against tough arms.
The most recent was Montgomery County’s Evan Abercrombie, who shut out the Bulldogs 4-0 in seven innings while striking out nine and allowing two on hits, walks and pitches. South Callaway gave up all four runs in the fifth inning.
Head coach Heath Lepper said it was fun to watch a talented arm like Abercrombie throw, but obviously didn’t feel as good when he stopped his offense with an arsenal that included a peaking fastball. at 84 mph.
“He knows what he’s doing,” Lepper said. “He mixed his pitches well, hit his runs, the fastball was pretty fast and his curveball had a lot of bite. If you’re a fan of the game, you love seeing a guy carry himself on the mound like this. You don’t like being the recipient, but you have to take your hat off to the kid when he’s locked up.
South Callaway (5-6) went hitless until the fifth inning, when running back Owen Rees fought off a pitch out of the infield. Freshman Tucker Jones followed with his own single, but the Bulldogs struggled to get the runners up the inning.
Abercrombie, who signed to play baseball at Missouri Southern State, kept his cool throughout the game, Lepper said, as evidenced by the many times he fell behind 3-0 batters only. for him to defend himself and have the Bulldogs beat him.
“A lot of people are going to have a hard time hitting a pitcher when he’s locked in like that,” Lepper said.
Montgomery County (3-3), on the other hand, had no problem in the fifth inning. Senior starting pitcher Trace Helsel, like junior Jacob Martin in the earlier 9-3 loss to Southern Boone, was cruising until he hit a tough inning in the fifth. He had allowed one hit up to that point, but allowed five, including three in a row early on, as part of his last line of six hits, four runs, three strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
“(Montgomery County) kept fighting,” Lepper said. “They scrapped and scratched and put some shots together.”
With two runners and no outs, Travis Hill led both runners with a single for a 2-0 lead, and Dayton Simmons followed suit with two outs before being put out after passing second base.
Sophomore Dane Daugherty covered the final inning for South Callaway, giving up a double and two total hits, but also one strikeout for a shutout sixth inning.
After being on the receiving end of three straight full games — California’s Trevor Myers on Friday and Abercrombie and Southern Boone’s Carter Karotka on Saturday — Lepper said there’s usually more to learn from losses than wins.
“Hopefully everyone will go home and assess what they need to work on individually, and come back hungrier the next day,” Lepper said. “You’re supposed to learn a bit more from a loss than a win.”
South Callaway (1-0 SMC) will see what they learned this week in three scheduled games, starting with Show-Me Conference opponent Tuscumbia (1-3, 0-2 SMC) at 5 p.m. Monday at home .