PERRY TOWNSHIP — Perry’s baseball team entered the sectional tournament with some momentum.
Saturday’s performance did nothing to slow it down.
The Commodores took care of visiting Temple Christian 15-4 in a five-inning Division IV sectional semifinal victory.
Perry (13-11) will travel to play second-seeded Minster at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a sectional final.
“We came out ready to play and started out hitting the ball well,” junior pitcher Sam Sanders said. “We’ve been hitting the ball well the last three games and as long as we keep our momentum going, we can have a chance at Minster. We know they’re a really tough team, but if we keep our hitting and our focus we’ll have a good chance at playing with them.”
Perry was certainly locked in early Saturday. The Commodores smacked six hits and scored three times in the first inning then followed that with an eight-run second inning. In the second, Perry sent 12 batters to the plate who roped five hits and got help with an error and three walks.
“They’re pitching looked pretty good today and I was happy with the way we hit the ball,” Perry coach Mark Hoersten said. “We were making good contact and hitting some good shots. I was happy with that, that’s what you have to do to move on.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing the next game and seeing how far we can go.”
Austin Rush went 4-for-4, all singles, with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base while Dillan Maxwell singled, doubled and had three RBI for Perry.
Also, Seth Sheriff tripled, singled and scored twice, R.J. King singled, doubled, had two RBI and a stolen base, Chad Henson doubled, singled, scored twice and had an RBI while Dustin Lauck scored twice and had an RBI.
Sanders finished with a single and two walks with three runs scored. He also got the pitching win, allowing just one hit in four innings of work, striking out seven and walking two.
“I felt great,” Sanders said. “When I found my rhythm and started throwing strikes, I felt good on the mound.”
Sanders sizzled in the third and fourth innings, striking out four of the last five batters he faced.
“He was a little wild early but he settled down in the later innings and was really bringing it,” Hoersten said.
Temple’s Markus Howell took the loss. The Pioneers scored four runs in the fifth, highlighted by Noah Howell’s RBI double and Ethan Rex’s RBI single.
Temple finishes its season 3-13.
“I told the guys I’m proud of them,” Temple coach John Flower said. “We got some wins this year, we’re getting better. Overall we’re taking a step in the right direction.”