By Dan Manley
Advocate Sports Editor
The Montgomery County Indians rebounded from a week where they only played one game Monday evening at Paris and picked up a crucial district victory over the Greyhounds.
The Indians lost an earlier match with Paris and needed a victory to stay in the regular season district race.
They got the win over a team that beat them 11-2 earlier in the season.
Coach Rob Ledington’s team was able to build up a 7-0 lead and then held off the Greyhounds in the final inning.
Junior righthander Paul Wise went all the way on the mound for Montgomery County. Wise allowed six runs on 10 hits while stringing out nine and walking only one.
In the earlier meeting, Alex Livingood started for Paris and worked five innings before giving way to Ryan Davis, considered the ace of the Greyhound pitching staff.
But this time around, with Davis starting on the mound for Paris, the Indians were able to deliver at the plate.
Seven of the Indians 10 hits came in the 5-8 slots in the batting order.
Travis Toy had a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in two while freshman Tyler Jacobs had a pair of singles, scored twice and drove in a run.
Sophomore Jay Eads also had a pair of singles and scored twice and sophomore Luke Fuller had a single and scored a run.
The rest of the offense came from Paul Wise who had a pair of hits, including a double and drove in a run and Devon Martin who had a run-scoring single. E.J. Mohr also drove in a run for the Tribe.
Montgomery County took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Greyhounds finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Davis tripled home Travis Strings who had reached on a base hit.
The game went to the bottom of the seventh with Montgomery County owning the 7-1 lead. But the Greyhounds scored on a double by Alex Livingood that brought in two runs, and ground ball outs by Davis and Caden VanHoose that produced runs.
Wise threw 108 pitches in the seven innings, just two under the pitch count limit while Davis hit that 110 pitch limit right on the nose when he walked off after retiring the side in the top of the seventh.
Wise was able to get the win thanks to his excellent control that led to 24 first-pitch strikes out of the 34 batters he faced and nine ground ball outs to go with his nine strikeouts.
The win raised Montgomery County’s record to just 3-6 overall but more importantly to 1-1 in district play.
Each team left seven runners on base and Paris committed four errors to three by Montgomery County.
Davis finished with five strike outs and two walks and of the seven runs he allowed, four were earned.
Five of the six runs allowed by Wise were earned.
The game completed the contests between the Indians and the Greyhounds for 2017 unless they were to meet in post-season action.
Montgomery County was scheduled to be right back in district action Tuesday at Bourbon County and then does not have another district contest on the schedule until April 28 when they are scheduled to host Clark County at Bobby Joe Whitaker Field.
Paris and Clark County are scheduled to play Thursday evening at Cardinal Field in Winchester.
40th District Standings
Paris 2 1
Montgomery Co. 1 1
Clark County 0 0
Bourbon Co. 0 1
Western Hills 11,
The Indians played only one game last week during spring break and traveled to Frankfort where they dropped an 11-1 decision to the Western Hills Wolverines.
The Wolverines rode the bats of senior Logan Etherington and junior Bryce Edmonson and the pitching of senior Nick Roush to the win.
Etherington smacked a two-run homer in the opening inning and Edmonson finished the day with a double and a triple with two runs scored and an RBI.
Roush, meanwhile, pitched five innings of one run, three-hit baseball.
The Indians fell behind early and simply couldn’t get much going on offense as they managed just four hits.
Sophomore Jay Eads had a single and a double for half of the Tribe’s hit total while Paul Wise and Tyler Jacobs also had singles. Jacobs drove in the only run of the game for the Indians.
Jacobs started for the Indians but left after giving up six runs in three innings. Cam Smith came on and pitched two scoreless innings before leaving and then the Wolverines struck for five runs, only one of them earned, in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.
Sophomore Jay Eads is currently the offensive leader for the Tribe after a big week.
Eads is batting .393 with a .414 on base percentage.
Junior Paul Wise is right behind with a .364 batting average and the team’s top slugging percentage at .515.
They are followed by Luke Fuller (.280), Tyler Jacobs (.267), Ty Eads (.259) and Travis Toy (.231).
The Tribe raised their team batting average from .203 to .217 during the past week.
Paul Wise is the leader on the mound with two of the Tribe’s three wins so far.
Wise has worked 20 innings with a 2.45 earned run average and 24 strike outs with only five walks.
Cam Smith has lowered his ERA under the 4.0 mark and in Wise, Smith, Chism and Robertson the Indians have four hurdles with ERA’s under 5.0 per game.