Perhaps the biggest strength of the Peebles Indians baseball squad coming into 2014 was the presence of one of the top pitchers in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference in right hander Brady Johnson. Johnson certainly proved his worth on the road last Thursday afternoon as he tossed one of the gems of his high school career, blanking the host Ripley Blue Jays on just three hits as the Indians picked up 2-0 victory.
Efficiency was the word of the day for Johnson as he disposed of the Jays on just 79 pitches in seven innings.
“Brady was just dominating again,” said Peebles head coach Judd Johnson, who also is Brady’s father and happens to know a little about pitching himself. “A complete game shutout on just 79 pitches is outstanding.”
“Today, we played the best all-around game that we have played in a couple of years. We got outstanding pitching, great defense, and some timely hitting.”
The game was a pitcher’s duel between a pair of seniors in Johnson and Ripley’s Tyler Planck. Nothing but goose eggs went in the scorebook except for one half inning, that being the Indians’ top of the second, when they got all the offense that Johnson needed.
Tyler Fenner led off the inning with a single to right, Ryan Brown drew a walk, and Clay Brown laid down a perfect bunt for a base hit that loaded the bases. Fenner scored the first run of the game, coming home on a Jack Behr sacrifice fly to left. On the play, Ryan Brown was thrown out at third but Clay Brown moved up to second. That proved to be very important when Joe McElwee slapped a single to left that brought Clay Brown home to make it 2-0 Peebles.
That was all the run support that Johnson needed as he made it hold up and rolled though a powerful Ripley lineup and finished off the Jays in the seventh for the shutout win.
On the day, Johnson struck out eight hitters and did not issue a single walk, while his defense, which has struggled at times, only committed one error.
“Defensively, Alex Seaman had an outstanding game as did the rest of the team,” said Coach Johnson. “When we play like we did today, we are a pretty good team. That all starts with pitching and defense.”
The Indians (2-2) began a very busy week on Monday hosting Lynchburg in a makeup game, then were back on the field yesterday, weather permitting, making a trip to North Adams and today the road gets no easier as they head for Lynchburg.Tomorrow the Indians will be at West Union.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.
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Peebles Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Seaman 4-0-1-0, Hanson 4-0-0-0, Johnson 3-0-1-0, Penn 3-0-0-0, Fenner 3-1-2-0,
R. Brown 2-0-1-0, C. Brown 3-1-1-0, Behr 2-0-1-1, McElwee 2-0-1-1, Team 26-2-8-2.
Peebles Pitching: Johnson (W) 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, 79 pitches.