Pauley’s perfect day leads Brownstown to two wins over Trinity


Jake Pauley had one of those days Saturday that all high school baseball players dream about but very few achieve.

Pauley batted 10 times and was on base 10 times in the Braves’ 17-2, 17-0 wins over Trinity Lutheran at Alf Snyder Field.

He went 4-for-4 in the first game with a double, a triple, two singles and a walk, and he scored four runs and had two RBI.

He was 3-for-3 in the second game, and also had a walk and was hit by a pitch. He scored three times and had one RBI. That adds up to 7-for-7 with seven runs for the day.

Brownstown Central’s leadoff batter said he couldn’t remember the last time he had four hits in a game.

“I had been struggling lately and then today I was waiting back. I was feeling confident and I stayed through the ball and I drove it to the outfield. I was seeing the ball real well today,” he said. “We came over here and took care of business.”

Pauley pitched the first four innings of the second game and allowed one hit, a double to Nathan Voelker in the fourth inning. Pauley had five strikeouts, two walks and allowed one hit.

“This is my second time pitching this year,” he said. “I was working the fastball, getting ahead in the count. I had a couple walks that I shouldn’t have had. But other than that I was hitting the strike zone, throwing strikes.”

The Braves combined for 16 hits in the second game. Pauley and Chick Tiemeyer each had three, while Carson Darlage, Ethan Fultz and Trent Lowery all had two.

Ethan Garland, Grant Killey, Dalton Reedy and Pierson Wheeler had one hit each. Fultz had two doubles, and Pauley and Lowery each had one double. RBI leaders were Fultz with five, Lowery with four and Darlage with three.

The Braves had 32 hits for the day and coach Duane Higgs said, “Our approach at the plate has been really good the last two weeks. We had a really good approach (Friday night at Bloomington North). We didn’t get rewarded and Bloomington North had the best outfield we’ve seen all year. They took away a lot of hits and we struck a lot of balls really well.

“Our approach has been good lately and that carried into today.”

In the first game, the Braves held a 6-2 lead after four innings, then broke it open with five runs in the fifth and six in the sixth.

The Braves had 16 hits with Garland also getting four, while Fultz had two, and Darlage, Lowery, Levi Stahl, Grant Killey, Wyatt Steward and Deven Cummings one each. Fultz had three RBI, while Garland, and Stahl both had two RBI. Fultz and Steward had doubles.

Trinity scored twice in the second inning as Kowan Gross, Darren Maxie, Luke Coomler and Cole Brewer had consecutive hits, and Andrew Bell was hit by a pitch to force in one run.

Garland, Lowery and Stahl combined to allow two runs on four hits in the opener, and Fultz pitched one inning in the nightcap and combined with Pauley to strike out seven, walk two and allow one hit.

Higgs said, “At the end of the season I hope we can hang our hat on defense, being fundamentally sound and our pitching being really solid. Today I thought we did a good job. We stayed aggressive in the zone. Hopefully we can keep this up. We’re starting to play better ball.”

Trinity coach Ben Kleber said, “We’ve got to get ahead in the count. We fell behind and they had some good hits. They found a lot of holes. They had 10 ground balls go through third and short. They were staying middle, and that’s a good approach by them.

“We’ve got to find some guys that want to compete and get outs. You can’t give teams four or five outs, especially good-hitting teams like Brownstown, and we did that today, and you saw what the result was. In the first game it was 6-2 in the fifth and we just fell apart.”

Brownstown (9-5) will make up a Mid-Southern Conference game today at North Harrison and Trinity (1-10) will host Scottsburg Tuesday.

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