Sometimes in baseball it’s one big hit or a dominating pitching performance that decides a ballgame. Other times, like Saturday in Cleveland, it’s an entire team effort that spells victory.Three Indianapolis pitchers scattered eight hits and Justin Snow’s big day on offense helped pace Indy to a big 12-3 win over Cleveland that faulted Indy into Sunday’s junior boy’s championship.
Indianapolis got the scoring underway in the first on a leadoff single by Jordan Heidelberg and an RBI single by Snow and sacrifice fly by Fred Maxi. Heidelberg and Snow stole two bases each during the rally. The duo would be a thorn in Cleveland’s side all day, combining for eleven stolen bases.
Cleveland scored a run in the bottom half on a throwing error, but Indianapolis responded with seven unanswered runs.
Keith Cornwell led off the second with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Heidelberg and Snow went to work again in the third. Following Heidelberg’s double and third stolen base, Snow drove him in with a single to left. Two more stolen bases later, he also scored on a wild pitch to give Indy a 5-1 lead.
The score was 5-2 when Indy’s offense exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to take control.
It was Snow again, this time with a one out single to get the rally started. After his fifth and sixth stolen bases, he scored on a Maxi fielder’s choice grounder. After a walk and another hit, Maxi scored on a wild pitch and DeWayne Sumler delivered a two run double to push Indy’s lead to 9-2. Indianapolis tacked on a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to finish off a convincing 12-3 win.
Starting and winning pitcher Maxi combined with Gerald Phelps and Robbie Fryman to hold Cleveland to seven hits while fanning eight.