The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet 
Jordan Lewis got his first win on the mound after shutting out the Warriors.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet
Jordan Lewis got his first win on the mound after shutting out the Warriors.

DANVILLE – The Thursday night Sagamore match-up between North Montgomery and Danville couldn’t have been more different than their Tuesday game.

Going from 22 hits Tuesday to 10 Thursday, both teams’ pitching and defense faced off with Danville committing the crucial errors. North Montgomery took the win 2-0.

The Charger defense went errorless to back up Jordan Lewis (WP) on the mound.

“We played errorless defense for the third time this week,” Charger coach Matt Merica said. “If we get the pitching like we do from J-Lew and play defense, we’re a tough team to beat.”

One similar aspect to Tuesday was that the Chargers got out of another one-out bases loaded situation in the fourth inning. A grounder to Caleb Donahue at second was flipped to shortstop Justin Clary cutting across the base and fired to Matt Merica at first.

“That was a big pitch by J-Lew to get out of bases loaded and the sophomore combination up the middle,” Merica commented. “That was a beautiful double play and that’s why they are in the lineup. They are young but they can play the game of baseball and we have all the confidence in the world in them.”

Other than the fourth inning, Jordan Lewis had about as few pitches as possible, letting only three baserunners on, one of which he picked off at first.

“Both teams didn’t hit well but you can attribute that to both pitchers,” Merica said. “They had command of all their pitches.”

The Charger offense got two breaks to cross the plate just enough to pull a victory. The first run started with a Danville error followed by a walk to move Mitch Merica over. Bryce Frederick drove one up the middle to score Merica. The second run scored because of a Danville throwing error from third to first which scored Riley Morehouse, who had a single to get on and was driven over by Devon Zachary.

“We didn’t hit the ball well at all, you have to give credit to their pitcher, he was mixing it up and we struggled,” Merica added.” We manufactured two runs and took advantage of a couple of their mistakes.”

The Chargers (8-2, 4-0 SAC) stay tied at first in the conference with Crawfordsville. They play two games Saturday, one at Western Boone at 10 a.m. and the other at Harrison at 4 p.m.