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Indy win causes logjam in district standings

The Independence baseball team kept themselves in the running for the District 11-AAA regular season title Monday night, winning at Brentwood 4-0.

Indy coach Bill Moore said the importance of the victory went beyond the district standings after the game.

“That was a big win for our guys’ psyche and morale,” he said. “We’ve had some tough losses of late – let some games get away that we shouldn’t have. It’s easy to kick yourself and hang your head a lot, but that was just another example of our games getting back up off the mat.”

The win also greatly helped the Eagles’ chances in the district standings, bettering their league record to 7-5 and placing them in three-way tie for second with Centennial and Franklin. Brentwood, now 8-4, has a one-game lead.

Senior Brandon Guske got the win for Independence, striking out seven Bruin batters without a walk in seven innings of work. The 6-foot-3 right handers efficiency continues to be a strength according to his coach.

“He does a good job of getting guys out in a three or four pitch range or less,” said Moore. “He’s not a high-strikeout guy, which helps with his pitch count. He’s a pitch-to-contact guy so your infield has to be ready for a lot of ground balls.”

Brentwood pitcher Clay Harris kept Independence scoreless through three innings before the Eagles sent all nine batters to the plate in the top of the fourth. The visitors scored all four runs in that frame.

Game 2 of the series takes place in Thompson’s Station Tuesday with a scheduled 6:30 p.m. first pitch.

Posted on: 4/22/2013


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