Curtis Wilson continues to confound the Red Devils.
The Anderson left-hander remained a difficult hurdle for Richmond to clear. Wilson and the Indians eliminated the Red Devils from Indiana’s baseball postseason for a second straight year as Anderson downed RHS 4-0 in a game that started Wednesday and finished Thursday.
Anderson moves on to play Greenfield-Central 10 a.m. Monday in a semifinal in the Class 4A Pendleton Heights sectional, followed by Connersville-New Castle at noon.
It was the third straight time Wilson had pitched Anderson past the Devils. He was on the mound for a 6-0 shutout in last year’s regular season, followed by a 7-2 triumph in the 2012 sectional at Pendleton.
Anderson went on to win last year’s tournament.
Of the three RHS-Anderson meetings this year, the Red Devils won the first two. Wilson was not the starting pitcher in either game.
“I thought we did a better job hitting him. We had better at-bats,” said RHS coach Josh Amyx. “The results didn’t come our way, but I thought we hit the ball a lot better against him.”
Wilson was on his way to the mound for the bottom half of the third inning Wednesday night when lightning halted play, and eventually paused the game until Thursday evening.
He was right back out there for the restart, with Anderson holding a 2-0 lead. The rain stayed away Thursday, though temperatures dropped and a steady wind was present.
“He has decent velocity, mid-80s, but he’s got great command of that slider and change-up. When he’s got command of those pitches, he’s really tough to hit,” Anderson coach Terry Turner said of Wilson.
Base hits were still hard to come by both days, for both teams. Matt Morrow and Alex Rodriguez both had singles for Richmond, with the Indians finishing with seven hits.
Jake Fox and Drew Laughlin had RBIs on Wednesday for the Indians. RHS senior Alex Lyons took over the pitching duties from Jordan Christian on Thursday, and Lyons kept the score at 2-0 until Anderson pushed two more runs across in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of three Richmond errors in the process.
“You look at the scorebook and you have four unearned runs, so that hurts,” Amyx said. “That hurts the pride because Richmond baseball prides itself on playing great defense. The last couple of weeks we’ve struggled defensively.
“Our pitchers did a great job of keeping us in the game. I thought Jordan threw it really well (Wednesday) against a really good hitting team. … Alex did a phenomenal job coming in, cold weather and banged-up knee, (and) I thought he really put the team on his shoulders and tried to do what he could to carry us.”
Starting center fielder Jimmy Bailey did not play for RHS on Thursday.
Wilson finished with 10 strikeouts. He allowed just two Richmond base runners on Thursday — Payton Miracle walked and Morrow reached on an error.
“Curtis Wilson is our mainstay on the mound,” Turner said. “When it comes tournament time, he’s ready to go.”
Anderson improved to 20-5. Richmond finished 16-12.
“We’ve got a bright future ahead of us,” Amyx said. “I appreciate the things that the seniors did, sticking it out and giving us everything that they had. We’re going to look forward. We’re not going to look backwards.”