Gibson Southern Physical date set

Gibson Southern will be hosting a physical night for the 2018-19 athletic year on Wednesday, April 25.

The cost is $20 and will take place in the athletic hallway and locker rooms at the high school. Please sign up with your school nurse and get your physical form to sign and complete by April 20.

Spring sport athletes physicals will take place from 12:30 p.m.-1:30, fall sports from 1:30-2:30, winter sports from 2:30-3:30, and middle school athletes from 3:30-4:30.

OCU baseball suffers sweep in twinbill

A welcome wind for Kentucky Wesleyan hitters, but an ill wind for Oakland City University baseball men.

"The windiest day I've ever coached in in 24 years," MIghty Oaks Coach T. Ray Fletcher said after Kentucky Wesleyan's 13-7 and 14-3 Tuesday afternoon doubleheader sweep on Brooks Pinnick Memorial Field. "They hit 10 home runs, including six the first game. Four of those six were pop-ups that the wind took out of the park. And after out-slugging us the first game, they overmatched us in the second."

Kentucky Wesleyan, to host the Mighty Oaks in Owensboro next Tuesday, raised its record to 5-6. OCU will take a 2-7 mark into Friday's doubleheader at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., then meet Indiana Wesleyan in a Saturday twin bill in Westfield's Grand Park complex.

The Mighty Oaks hit just two homers Tuesday, by Gibson Southern grads Dillon "Tobe" Whitten and Caleb Wagner in the opener's fourth inning. Wagner stayed in the game as designated hitter after pitching the first 1 2/3 innings.

"Caleb didn't pitch that badly, but those pop-flies turned into home runs. We took him off the mound as early as we did so that he can pitch this weekend," Fletcher said. "Kentucky Wesleyan's hitters made the ball park look small. And we haven't been playing good defense."

First baseman Joseph Burke hit four of the Panthers' 10 homers. After hitting a two-run homer in the opener's first inning, he homered three times and drove in six runs in the nightcap. After hitting a solo homer the second inning, he hit two and three-run blasts in the nine-run third that brought a 13-0 count.

Andrew Kirkland homered twice in the opener, solo shots the third and seventh innings. Cody Bridges hit a solo shot the first inning, while Jake Carter hit a three-run blast and Ostin Clark a two-run shot in the six-run second that made the visitors 10-0 leaders.

OCU senior and Tecumseh grad Ty Webb batted 2-for-4 in the opener. Gibson Southern grad Reed Farmer went 2-for-2 in the nightcap, when North Posey grad Tyler Stolz batted 2-for-4 including a double. Whitten hit an RBI double in the sixth.

Austin Kelley took the second-game pitching loss. Gibson Southern grad Jesse Reed relieved in the third and pitched two-thirds of an inning.

Fletcher said Whitten will make the opening pitching start and Skylar Brooks the second game start Friday at Taylor. The Mighty Oaks will play the season without pitcher Dylan Ladd, who will need Tommy John Surgery on his elbow. Position player Brandon Taylor did not play Tuesday due to a hamstring injury against Indianapolis the past weekend.

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