The Monroe City baseball team lost 7-6 to Clark County in the opening round of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament with a marathon 10-inning game Friday, May 11.

The Monroe City baseball team lost 7-6 to Clark County in the opening round of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament with a marathon 10-inning game Friday, May 11.

What the final result won’t show is the gutsy eight-inning, 97-pitch performance from Panthers southpaw Jarrad Verdier, whose dancing fastball kept Clark County hitters off balance. 

The senior scattered nine hits, while giving up five earned runs and striking out three. He walked a lone batter. 

Monroe City Coach Derek Vanlandingham praised Verdier’s performance – and indeed his entire team – in one of the most intense games of the year for the Panthers. 

“He went eight really solid innings,” Vanlandingham said of Verdier. “It was the kind of game where you hated to see either team lose. Both teams played gutsy and did really well. My four seniors experienced a disappointing 3-11 season...but they were ready to give it everything tonight.”

An exhausted Verdier said he felt strong early in the game with lots of movement on his fastball. As the innings passed, his velocity and movement were replaced with precision pitches that gave the Clark County hitters fits.

“I was just there looking to pitch strikes and looking to the outside corner. They were having a hard time hitting outside,” he said. “You can’t ask for anything more of our team other than winning.”

The Panthers got off to a 4-0 lead thanks to Clark County fielding errors in the first inning, sending nine batters to the plate.

Clark County came back with one run in the bottom of the inning.

The Indians slowly chipped away at the Monroe City lead, tying the game at five in the fifth.

Both teams scored in the seventh, setting up the dramatic extra innings.

Clark County took advantage of a Panther error to claim a walk-off win in the tenth.

“After the game, I told our players they showed lots of guts,” Vanlandingham said. “I told them I was very happy with the effort. This is a tough way to go out, but they played a really gutsy game. If we are going to lose, that is the way I want to go out.”

Mark Twain concludes season

The Mark Twain baseball team fell to Macon 14-1 on Friday, May 11 in a Class 3 District 8 quarterfinal game.

The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-16.

They recorded all their wins April 30 or later with a late-season push. 

Mustangs lose despite Whetstone's efforts

The Marion County baseball team fell 13-3 to North Shelby on Friday, May 11 in the Class 1 District 12 quarterfinals.

Sheldon Whetstone hit a three-run home run and struck out 12 batters in the loss for the Mustangs, who played only five games all season due to a shortage of players.