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May 7, 2014

Prep roundup for Wednesday, May 7

Western diamond teams remain perfect in MIC

Cole Schroeder pitched six solid innings to lead Taylor’s baseball team past Eastern 9-2 in a Mid-Indiana Conference game Tuesday at George Phares Field.

The Titans (8-8, 1-2 MIC) have won three straight following a five-game losing streak.

“It really starts with our pitching,” Taylor skipper Brent Owens said. “Our pitchers are starting to realize they have to work ahead in the count and pound the zone and be up 0-1, 0-2 versus being down 2-1, 3-1. Ever since we figured that out, we have kind of gotten better.

“Defensively, I’m really happy. We’re playing some great defense.”

Schroeder (2-3) allowed one run over his six innings of work. He held the Comets to three hits, struck out five and walked three. Jonathan Mahoney pitched the seventh and allowed an unearned run.

The Titans took control with a pair of big innings. They scored three runs in the second and six runs in the fourth for a 9-0 lead.

Austin Douglas led the Center crew with a 3-for-3 performance that included an RBI single. Nick Barnett was 2 for 3 with a two-run double, Noah Poe also was 2 for 3, Jordon Lazaro was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and Schroeder chipped in an RBI single.

“Austin Douglas is probably over .400 for the year. He is doing a great job for us in the No. 2 hole,” Owens said. “Nick Barnett has been very hot [8 for 11] during this winning streak.

“One of the big lifts for us has been getting Jordon Lazaro back. That gave us another bat, another pitcher and another defender. Another big lift for us will come on Saturday when we get Tristan Kivett back.”

Taylor Shallenberger started for Eastern and took the loss.

Western 12, Cass 3

The Panthers got a complete game from winning pitcher Evan Warden in moving to 3-0 in the Mid-Indiana Conference. They are the only unbeaten remaining in the league race.

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