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Aces fall at home to Gibson Southern

April 22, 2018 GMT

Mount Carmel fell behind early and could not complete the late comeback Thursday afternoon as Gibson Southern knocked off the Aces, 11-4, in high school baseball action. “We got off to a bad start,” said Mount Carmel coach Shea Smith. “We just have pitchers having trouble getting going. We don’t have any answers for it. They say they’re good, but they’re having trouble finding it from the start.” Gibson Southern jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and added three more runs in the second for a 5-0 lead. Kaleb Applebey started and lasted only an inning. He faced four batters in the top of the second inning but did not record an out before Adam Stoneberger entered in relief. “I was hoping he would go a little longer,” said Smith. “He said his arm was a little sore and we’ve got a big week next week. I didn’t want to push him, and I knew I had three arms that were pretty fresh. Being down already, I didn’t want to push him with a lot of season left.” The Aces scored for the first time in the third inning. Aden Gill led off the inning getting hit by the pitch. He moved to second on a wild pitch, to second on a base hit and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kaleb Applebey. Mount Carmel scored another run in the fourth inning. Ashton Walker walked to open the inning. After stealing second base, Walker moved to third on a two-out single by Gill and later scored on an RBI base hit from Logan Durham. The Aces added two more runs in the fifth inning to make it 6-4. Cade Newkirk walked, and Adam Stoneberger reached on an error. Newkirk scored on a single from Bret Doan, and Trevor Peterson’s RBI base hit allowed Stoneberger to score to make it a two-run game. The Titans, however, scored four times in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh to pull away. In the sixth, Cody Hupp hit a two-run homer as he was 3-for-3 on the day with four runs scored and two RBI. “We talked about trying to get out and going early,” said Smith. “We did a good job of that [Wednesday], and at least we started going around the third [inning]. A lot of balls were getting hit hard. “We weren’t striking out a lot. Every ball was in play and making things happen which was great. We left a couple of guys on that I wish we could have gotten across, who knows what would have happened if we would have gotten another [run] in that fifth. It might have changed the game a lot. It was a little too late, and when they scored in the sixth, it pretty much took us out.” Thursday’s game was the final game of three last week for Mount Carmel. The Aces picked up a win over Lawrenceville Wednesday, 14-4, a day after losing to Robinson, 7-2. Against Lawrenceville, Kaleb Applebey was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Logan Durham finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Adam Stoneberger was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI, and Cade Newkirk was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Evan Kieffer pitched five innings allowing four hits, four runs with two earned, striking out 10 and walking six. In Mount Carmel’s loss to Robinson Tuesday, Durham was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Trevor Peterson finished 2-for-2 Tyler Beavers had an RBI as well as Aden Gill. Newkirk was the losing pitcher for the Aces going four innings allowing six hits, five runs, four earned, five strikeouts and four walks. Mount Carmel has five games this week starting in Washington on Monday. The Aces return home Wednesday against Olney before playing at North Posey Friday and then a doubleheader at Norris City. Contact Register Sports Editor Paul Wilcoxen at (618) 263-1004 ext 1025, pwilcoxen@mtcarmelregister.com, or on Twitter @paulwilcoxen