The Princeton Community High School Tigers baseball team head across Gibson County over to Gibson Southern High School on Thursday to take on the Titans in a rivalry match.
With a 4-run fifth inning, the Tigers took the lead and never looked back en route to a 6-3 PCHS victory.
“It was a well played game today,” said Tigers head coach and PCHS athletic director Jason Engelbrecht. “I think both sides played well today and that’s what a rivalry game should be. Gibson Southern is well coached and their guys played hard. Our defense was good early and our pitching was pretty solid. We struggled to throw strikes late, but I’m proud of the boys. To come in here and get a hard fought win like that was a good effort. It was a good win”
It started in the top of the first inning when Jaylan Hyneman smacked an RBI single to score Princeton starting pitcher Heath Rumple and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead early.
In the bottom of the second inning, Gibson Southern tied things up thanks to an RBI single from Dakota Rogers that plated Cobus Morgan.
In the top of the third inning, Princeton had the bases loaded with two outs, but Titan starting pitcher Cody Hupp got out of the jam by pitching to an RBI groundout to Tiger David Jones.
But in the top of the fifth, the Tigers offense came alive, plating four runs that staretd with a leadoff double by Trevor Boyle.
Hyneman walked and both Boyle and Hyneman advanced to second and third respectively on a passed ball by new pitcher Rogers.
Rogers walked Trevor Watt to load the bases and PCHS junior Rylin Stough cleared the bases with a double, off of new GSHS pitcher Andrew Smith, to center field to put the Tigers up 4-1. Stough later came around to score on a RBI single from Jones that put the Tigers up 5-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Titans got two of the runs back. Rumple walked the bases loaded without recording an out and Brogan Reneer stepped on the mound for Princeton.
Cale Colbert was walked, scoring Rogers to cut the lead 5-3.
Dawson Witte struck out with the bases loaded for the first out of the inning followed by Sora Kashiwagi scoring on a passed ball.
Reneer pitched to a popup from Mitchell Spindler for the second out of the inning then struck out Payton Boyd to escape the jam.
The Tigers tacked on the final run of the game in the top of the sixth, a sacrifice fly from Hyneman that scored Rumple to make it 6-3 Tigers.
The Titans threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Spindler stuck out and Reneer forced a popup to himself to end the game and secure the 6-3 victory for the Tigers.
“It was a good ball game and we had opportunities, but couldn’t score,” said Titans head coach Chris May. “At the end we had guys on base. We have to swing the bat a little better.”
For Princeton, Rumple picked up the win, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Reneer pitched three innings, only allowing one hit and three walks while striking out five. Reneer picked up the save without surrendering a run.
Stough was the leading hitter for Princeton, picking up two hits in four attempts with three RBIs and a run scored. Boyle was 2-3 with a run scored. David Jones recorded three hits and a RBI. Hyneman was 1-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.
For Gibson Southern, Hupp took the loss after throwing four innings and allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out three batters.
“Dimitri (Dewig) pitched the other night and wasn’t eligible, so we used the staff. Cody still has trouble with his control at times, but I thought he threw better,” May said. “He’s capable of shutting teams down. Dakota has got to use his breaking ball and he wasn’t hitting it for a strike tonight. Mitchell is a freshman, so it was good for him to get in today.
From the plate Rogers tallied one hit in three attempts while also drawing a walk with a run scored and a RBI. Cale Colbert picked up a pair of hits in the contest with an RBI While Kashiwagi and Morgan both recorded one hit and one run scored.
Up next for Princeton is a Friday night contest against South Knox on the road starting at 5 p.m.
For Gibson Southern, the Titans take on Forest Park in a Pocket Athletic Conference match starting at 5:30 p.m. at Forest Park High School.