By Gene Phelps
Special to the Gazette
INGOMAR – In the words of his coach, East Union’s Josh Basil had a “great day overall” Wednesday in his team’s 17-0 Division 1-2A victory against Ingomar.
Basil gave up three hits and recorded five strikeouts in the abbreviated, four-inning, pitching win. At the plate, he drove in six runs with a grand slam and a double.
“Josh had a great day overall,” East Union coach Chris Basil said. “He changed speeds extremely well. He was a pitcher today. They’ve got some really good players at the top of the lineup and he handled them well.”
The win gave the Urchins a sweep in the regular-season series. They defeated the Falcons 3-0 in Tuesday’s game at East Union.
“I wasn’t really comfortable last week on the mound,” Basil said of his pitching. “I struggled a little bit. I seemed to get in a zone early today and found it early with my fastball.”
Basil gave up just one hit – a double by J.D. Gault – to Ingomar’s top five batters in the lineup. The hit was misplayed by the Urchins’ outfielder.
The Urchins, who are 13-3-1 overall, improved to 8-0 in division play. They have one division series remaining at New Site.
Ingomar’s record dropped to 6-6-1 overall and to 3-3 in the division.
Basil belted his grand slam off Ingomar starter Zack Koon in the second inning to give the Urchins an 8-0 lead. He added a two-run double in the team’s six-run third inning.
“I was sitting fastball and he threw it up in the zone,” Basil said. “I knew I got a little bit of it, but I didn’t think I would hit it out.”
Preston Crump led the Urchins with a double, two singles and four RBI. Leadoff batter Rett Johnson had two hits. Joel Wilkinson and Kagan Garrison added two hits each. Wilkinson had two RBI.
The Urchins had 14 hits against the Falcons.
“We’re hitting the ball better as a team,” Josh Basil said. “When we want to hit, we can hit.”