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Almus, Howard and Rimel help lead Indians in baseball

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

The Elsberry Indians baseball team has been busy lately.

On April 8 they faced North Callaway Thunderbirds at home and lost by a final score of 7-4.

“North Callaway is one of the top teams in their conference right now and we actually led them going into the sixth inning,” said Coach Dustin Robinson. “Then we started struggling to find the strike zone a little bit. We got behind on some hitters and they made us pay when runners were in scoring position.”

Elsberry’s player of the game was freshman Jon Almus who pitched five innings and allowed only one earned run. Almus also went 1-2 at the plate.

Grant Pifer, Dylan Howard and Zach Rimel provided further offense. Pifer and Rimel were each credited with one RBI and Howard with two.

The Indians got a day off before squaring off again with the Silex Owls at home on April 10 where they posted a 13-3 win.

“We allowed three runs in the first inning,” said Robinson. “In the past when we’ve allowed runs in the first we’ve never been able to come back and get over the hump. This time, we came back with three runs in the bottom of the first and really showed some signs of improvement.”

Robinson said the team was also solid defensively.

“Dylan Howard pitched all five innings,” said Robinson. “He had four strikeouts and he didn’t walk any hitters.”

Howard was Elsberry’s player of the game.

Robinson said the victory over Silex was a good win for the team overall and it came at a time when it was very much needed.

Josh Phillips was the offensive leader that night with three RBIs, but the rest of his team wasn’t far behind.

Howard, Matt Henry, Adam Sherrow, Alex Henke and Chris Pearson each drove in one run, while Pifer and Rimel contributed two runs apiece.

Elsberry finished off the week with a trip to Wells -ville-Middletown on April 11 where they recorded another win by a final score of 13-1.

Rimel was the starting pitcher for that contest.

Rimel was Elsberry’s player of the game.

He pitched four innings and allowed one run on three hits. Rimel also went 2-4 at the plate and had three RBIs.

Story courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.