Royals power into title game

For The Daily Reporter

INDIANAPOLIS — The postseason sometimes can produce strange games. With every team guaranteed entry into the state tournament, a team could find itself in a lopsided game after a closely-battled matchup.

This is the situation Eastern Hancock found itself in Saturday, as they defeated Irvington Preparatory Academy 26-0 in five innings in the Sectional 42 semifinals.

The Royals made the semifinals after an intense victory against Triton Central 4-3. Saturday’s game was a much different affair.

Irvington Prep’s baseball program is relatively new and the stage of development was evident from the start.

The Royals’ leadoff hitter came up to bat three times in the top of the first inning. He went 3-for-3 in the inning with two singles sandwiched around a grand slam. Denny would finish the game 5-for-7 with six RBIs.

The Royals went on to score 14 runs in the first inning, which led to Royals coach Chad Coughenour telling his team to play station-to-station baseball for the remainder of the game.

Clayton White and Addison True added home runs in the second and third innings respectively.

With the easy win, the Royals advanced to the sectional championship game against host Heritage Christian at 6 p.m. Monday.

Scoreline

Eastern Hancock 26, Irvington Prep 0

Eastern Hancock (15-10);1445;30;—;26;26;0

Irvington Prep (5-10);000;00;—;0;0;9

WP: Andrew Knoblock (5-4). LP: Jeremiah Cunningham (1-3).

Notables: Devin Denny 5-7, HR, 6 RBI