LAFAYETTE — The Zionsville baseball team’s quest for a fourth-straight sectional title got off to a strong start Wednesday night.
The Eagles controlled the game from start to finish in an 8-1 win over Harrison, advancing them to the sectional semifinal Saturday morning against McCutcheon.
“The regular season is over and we have a team that when we are playing well, is going to be tough to beat,” Zionsville head coach Jered Moore said. “Clay (Burton) went out and dominated like he has so many times this year, our defense was pretty good and we were aggressive baserunning. We had some key hits too. That is what have seen the last couple of weeks that we struggled with earlier this year.”
The Eagles got all the runs they would need in the second inning.
Jacob Medvescek got the scoring started with an RBI double. An error with two outs allowed another run to score and Colin Price’s RBI double made it 3-0.
Zionsville made it 4-0 an inning later in an Evan Bohrer single.
“We set the tone,” Moore said. “When you come out and score the first few runs, you put them on their heels and they start playing more defensively. We were able to be more aggressive and that is the difference in the game.”
Zionsville put the game away for good with a 3-run sixth, getting an RBI-single from Price, an RBI-double from Jack Firestone and a sac fly from Medvescek.
Jake Naspinski stole home in the seventh for the final run.
That was more than enough run support for Clay Burton, who allowed just one unearned run in six innings. He gave up just three hits and struck out five.
“He has three really good pitches, but where he has advanced a lot over the past year is his command,” Moore said. “The one game he has struggled he lost it a bit, but over the course of the year, he is throwing all three pitches for strikes and is keeping hitters off balance.”
Price, Medvescek and Bohrer all had two hits for the Eagles.
They will face McCutcheon at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Mavericks won the regular season meeting 12-2, but many of Zionsville’s regular pitchers didn’t pitch.
“We know that McCutcheon is going to come out and play small ball,” Moore said. “We have to defend the bunt and be ready for hit and runs. We have to make sure that we aren’t giving them free bases and make sure we are prepared for all they do.”