PREP BASEBALL

Washington bounces Hanover; S.C. blanks Kouts in PCC baseball tourney

2013-05-18T19:00:00Z 2013-05-19T00:50:17Z Washington bounces Hanover; S.C. blanks Kouts in PCC baseball tourneyJim Peters jim.peters@nwi.com, (219) 548-4363 nwitimes.com

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | Hanover Central's last Porter County Conference tournament won't end in a championship.

The Wildcats were unceremoniously bounced by the hosts in Saturday's semifinals at Senator Park, 14-3.

Washington Township (21-2-1) will meet South Central, which blanked Kouts 4-0, in Monday's championship.

"We wanted to win no matter who it was, but it's good to send them out with a loss," said Senator Justin Landgrebe, who had plenty to do with it.

His first-inning two-run home run to left center ignited a 17-hit Washington attack. Bob Ross matched it in a four-run second and Luke Lipinski capped the onslaught with a three-run blast in a five-run seventh.

"We were on the barrel the whole day," Senators coach Randy Roberts said. "We hit it hard and found the holes. When the last three get on base, any team's going to be hard to beat."

Tyler Byerly went 4-for-4 with four runs to spark the Washington barrage. Landgrebe (4-for-5, three runs) and Lipinski knocked in four runs, while Ross plated three.

"You fall behind guys, that should happen," Hanover coach Doug Nelson said. "They were sitting 2-0, 2-1 all day. The score was no way indicative of how badly they beat us.

"Everything about Randy's program is tough. Our kids have no idea how hard those boys work every day. We've been flat for two-and-a-half weeks. Hopefully, this will open their eyes a little bit. They should've known coming in."

Landgrebe also got the win, limiting Hanover (22-5) to five hits, three of them coming in the fifth, when it scored all of its runs.

"It was helpful to have a big lead. You can almost cruise," Landgrebe said. "Our whole team hit, thank the Lord. I was seeing the ball really well. Pitching with confidence is huge.

"They're a good hitting team. I had to (work) them off-speed. I used my curveball quite a bit."

The same was true for another lefty, South Central's Logan Lionberger, though he can't match Landgrebe's velocity.

"I know I don't throw hard. I have to mix it up," Lionberger said. "I threw a lot of first-pitch curveballs and was working in my change-up. I knew I had my defense backing me up.

"Usually, when you throw first-pitch strikes, you get a high-percentage of outs."

Lionberger fanned just four, but walked just one and the Satellites (14-7) were flawless with the gloves.

"Logan's your prototypical lefty," S.C. coach Ryan Kruszka said. "When he throws his three pitches for strikes, he can be effective. We keep preaching, keep moving. He's got seven guys behind him with plus speed. If he hits his spots, with our defense, he's tough to beat."

Kouts (12-9) loaded the bases with one out in third, when Jake Moore's line drive to center field was snagged by Austen Hanna, who threw back to second for a double play.

"If that's a gapper, that's three runs," Kouts coach Matt Weston said. "We hit the ball all over the place. They just made plays. Their third baseman (Adam Clindaniel) made several great plays. You have to tip your hat to them on their great defense."

Andrew Birky held S.C. to five hits, but all four runs were unearned as a result of three errors.

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