Porters Chapel tattoos Indianola, 14-1|[02/24/07]

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 24, 2007

Indianola Academy ventured out of the Delta to find some baseball competition.

The Colonels found some at Porters Chapel Academy where the No. 4 Eagles (2-0) pounded out a 14-1 decision Friday night at Pierce Field.

PCA batted around three times, scoring its 14 runs off 13 hits, seven walks, two hit batsman and five IA errors.

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&#8220I knew Porters Chapel had a great squad, that’s why we wanted to play them,” IA coach Cleat Putman said. &#8220We have a really young team and we need to play some one real good to gain that experience.”

What PCA coach Randy Wright wanted was a consistent effort following Thursday’s huge 9-0 victory over the MPSA’s AAA champion Hillcrest Christian.

&#8220We got exactly what we wanted from Cole Smith,” Wright said of his starter who combined with reliever Chris May to toss a five-inning, no-hitter. &#8220We’re still trying to figure out our No. 2, 3 and 4 starters.”

Smith was sharp, striking out five in four innings of work. His only lapse was a throwing error in the first inning that allowed the Colonels (0-3) to score their only run and put the Eagles behind for the first time in the young season.

&#8220I’m just trying to be consistent,” Smith said. &#8220Hayden is going to be our No. 2 because he throws a lot harder than I do. My speed is about the same as it was last year. But I’ve always been able to throw strikes.”

Smith threw 31 strikes out of 42 pitches thrown.

Indianola managed to hold its 1-0 lead until PCA batted in the bottom of the second.

IA starter Taylor Upchurch gave up a leadoff hit to Brady Towne but then got the next two Eagles out. A walk to Smith began the unraveling.

When Smith took off for second, IA catcher Blake Palasini missed the cutoff throw which sailed into right-center. Towne scored easily to tie the game.

After a hit by Michael Busby scored Smith, Moose Carney blasted a two-run homer to left-center to make it 4-1. Matt Cranfield followed two batters later with a two-run double to score Hales and Cody Ferguson and cap the six-run inning.

In the PCA third, the Eagles took advantage of four walks and a hit batter to score five more runs to go up 11-1 against IA reliever Caleb Bradshaw.

The Eagles batted around for the third time in the fourth inning. They scored three runs off four hits.

All but Smith, the leadoff batter, had a hit in the Eagle lineup. Busby led the way with three hits and four stolen bases while Ferguson, Cranfield and Towne each had two hits.

&#8220We swung the bat well and we’re running the bases extremely well,” said Wright, whose team had five steals. &#8220I’m hoping we can continue to use that running game.”

PCA returns to action today when they play Heritage Academy out of Columbus in the Central Holmes Academy Tournament in Lexington.