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2 weeks ago

Mens Varsity Baseball vs. Shelbyville Sr HS School

Game Date
May 26, 2021

Pitching gem sends Olympians into sectional semifinals

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BLOOMINGTON — Depending on who you ask, Columbus East began defense of its sectional, regional and semistate titles Wednesday night with either a no-hitter or a one-hitter.

The official scorer from Bloomington North ruled a ball hit by Shelbyville’s Leyton Stieneker with two out in the first inning a hit. The East scorekeeper called in an error.

This much is certain: The Olympians got a combined shutout from Kaden Wise and Ethan Ianni in a 2-0 win that put them in Friday’s sectional semifinals against Class 4A No. 2 Columbus North.

Wise struck out seven and walked six in six-plus innings.

“I struggled sometimes to get my fastball command, but overall, it was a good outing,” Wise said. “Slider here and there, and fastball, I could get them to swing and miss. I threw it inside a lot, and they would swing and miss a lot, so that was a good thing.”

After walking the leadoff batter in the seventh, Wise threw three consecutive balls to Caden Tackett. Ianni came on and got a strike, but then threw ball four to put runners at first and second with nobody out.

Ianni then got Nolen Kincade to ground into a 6-4-3 double play and Mitch Yeend to ground to Harry Major at short to end the game.

“(Wise) threw a heck of a game,” East coach Jon Gratz said. “He was locating his offspeed there as the game got going. I hated to take him out, but his pitch count was getting up there, and when you have a kid like Ethan Ianni that can come in and close the door, you need to use him.”

The Olympians (13-12-1) gave their pitchers all the offense they would need by scoring in each of the first two innings. Ben Major led off the first with a single and stole second, then after Will Rieckers was hit by a pitch, Golden Bears pitcher Benny Thompson walked Parker Harrison and Wise to force in a run.

With two out in the second, Ben Major walked, went to second on a hit by Harry Major and came all the way around to score when the ball got past the center fielder.

The first-inning hit by Ben Major, and the second-inning hit by Harry Major would be the only two East would manage for the game.

“We took advantage there and got some baserunners,” Gratz said. “We would have liked to have got some more, but that’s all we needed.”

Now, the Olympians turn their attention to Columbus North, a team that beat them 8-1 on May 6.

“As soon as we get on this bus, we’re ready, and we’re focused on North,” Wise said.

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