The South Eugene baseball team jumped out to a lead and held back a late advance by the Thurston Colts to come away with a 4-3 victory in OSAA 6A Southwest League play on Wednesday.
Tacking on two runs in the first and two in the fourth, the Axemen saw themselves to a 4-0 advantage behind the dominant pitching of starter Joe Schindler. Pitching a complete game on the day, Schindler would see himself come away with the victory after seven innings of seven-hit, three run–all earned–two walk, and eleven strikeout baseball. Though he was roughed up towards the end of the game, Schindler did enough to stop the Colts from completing the comeback.
Getting the loss for Thurston was Tyler Hutchinson, who pitched five innings while allowing five hits, four runs–all earned–and two walks to go along with his three strikeouts. James McIntyre came in to finish the game for the Colts, pitching two innings of perfect baseball while striking out three.
Starring at the plate for the Axemen was also Schindler, who went 1-for-3 on the day with a home run. The future Northwestern Wildcat also tallied two RBI in the game. Aside from Schindler, Matthew Moore–1-for-3–and Jimmy Grossman–1-for-3–also tallied one RBI on the day.
Scoring one in the fifth and two in the seventh, Shane Quarterley led the Colts in hitting on Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and one walk. Kyle Watson also recorded a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
South Eugene now stands at 3-12 overall and 2-2 in league play, while Thurston fell to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.