Unlike last year, the weather cooperated enough to hold the Pirate Baseball 2016 Charlestown Invitational this past Saturday. The Pirates matched up with Booneville (9-8) in game one Saturday, topping the Pioneers from southwestern Indiana 7-5. Austin Smith got the win from the mound while Dewey Cardwell and Tanner Wesp finished 2 for 3 at the plate and Brandon Love 2-4 with two RBI’s. The win earned the Pirates a slot in the Invitational Championship Game Saturday evening against a more familiar Pioneer team from Providence; whom routed Lebanon 13-1 in the other first round contest Saturday. Booneville defeated Lebanon in the consolation game for third place.
Providence came into Saturday’s Charlestown Invitational Championship game ranked #2 in Class 2A, and with a record of 19-2. The Pirates took the challenge head on, playing good defense in holding the Pioneers to one first inning run off game four hits. Kelly Rider got the win from the mound for Charlestown, pitching seven innings, and retiring eight Pioneer batters. Tanner Wesp finished the game 1 for 3 at the plate including a double, and Zach Ramirez finished 1 for 2 with a triple. Charlestown improved its record to 10-14 on the season with the 2-1 upset victory over Providence. “I’m very pleased with our effort today and thought the guys came out ready to play. The invitational is always important to us and is a great preparation for postseason play so it’s nice to get a couple of quality wins against real good competition.”, commented Head Pirate Coach Ricky Romans. Pirates Brandon Love, Kelly Rider, and Tanner Wesp where all named to the All Invitational team.
Charlestown will host Salem Monday (May 16th) while also recognizing the 11-12 Charlestown Little League team prior to the 5:30 pm first pitch; as well as SENIOR DAY ceremonies after the game.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Softball Invitational: Saturday Gm1-2pm Austin/Lanesville, Gm2-4pm Ctown/Crotherville, Consl @ 6pm & Champ. @ 8pm
Charlestown Pirate Baseball Invitational: Saturday Gm1-11a Ctown/Booneville, Gm2-1:30p Providence/Lebanon, Consl @ 4p & Champ. @ 6:30p
The Charlestown Pirate Baseball team improved to 8-9 on the season with an solid 10-3 victory over Floyd Central (8-6) while hosting the Highlands Friday evening. Coming off dominating wins over Crawford County and Clarksville, the Pirates had to make a decision Friday night. Either look past the tricky non-conference match-up for something more obvious; or, take it the Highlanders, Class 4A depth and all. The Pirates apparently chose the latter; while hitting the ball with greater confidence. Charlestown scored four runs in the opening inning, then five more in the next two innings to put the game out of reach quickly. The Highlanders scored all three of their runs during the first two innings, despite recording seven hits; the Pirates scored their ten runs off eleven hits, despite committing five errors. Kelly Rider (4-3) got the complete win from the mound, retiring five Floyd batters and walking only two. Tanner Wesp finished the game 2-2 from the plate including a double and RBI, while Brandon Love, finished 2 for 4 with four RBI’s. Zach Whitten added another double and two RBIs. “Great team win tonight! Kelly did a great job tonight on the mound and our offense came up with some good timely hits”, commented Head Coach Ricky Romans. The Class 3A #11 Pirates now set their sights on Monday’s home match up versus Mid-Southern Conference arch-rival and Class 3A #2 Silver Creek. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm.
In what has been a surprising Pirate season thus far, Charlestown traveled to Clarksville Thursday night in search of some new momentum against a familiar conference foe. Pirate Sophomore Jacob Doherty (1-0) got the start on the mound Thursday; and then made good use of the opportunity by booking his first varsity win in as many attempts. Charlestown (7-9 & 2-2 MSC) scored nine runs on nine hits while committing two errors; Clarksville (1-12 & 1-4 MSC) scored four runs, all in the third, on eight hits. Senior Tanner Wesp made good use of his time at the plate, finishing 2-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI’s. Senior Dewey Cardwell went 2-3 at the plate, scoring twice after a double and three RBI’s; while Junior Brandon Love finished 2-2 with an RBI. “Good conference win on the road tonight. A few young guys have really done a nice job taking advantage of their opportunities lately as we continue searching for an identity and consistency”, commented Pirate Head Coach Ricky Romans. The Pirates host Floyd Central Friday evening at 6:00 pm at the CHS Baseball complex.
Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting has posted their 2016 Spring Sports Season Preview Show on-line at www.PiratePride.BLUE/PreseasonShows. The annual video show features Pirate Baseball Head Coach Ricky Romans and Lady Pirate Softball Head Coach John Smith. The show was filmed last week on the campus of Charlestown High School by Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting and Ctown.TV. Thanks to sponsors Bill Broughton Trucking and Excavating, Papa Johns Pizza, Grayson Funeral Homes and Fields Custom Cabinets.
Senior Pirate Austin Smith (1-2) got the complete game win from the mound Tuesday evening as Pirate Baseball defeated conference foe Eastern High School 8-2 in seven innings. Charlestown (5-3 & 1-0 MSC) scored four runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to dominate the visiting Musketeers 8-2. The Pirates scored their eight runs off eight hits, including a Tanner Wesp home run and a Zach Ramirez double; while committing one sole error. Smith struck out eight Eastern (1-3 & 0-1 MSC) batters, allowing two earned runs. Zach Ramirez finished the game two for three at the plate with an RBI, while Dewey Cardwell finished two for four with two RBI’s. “It’s nice to get off to a good start in the conference. Austin threw well tonight and we put together a couple of good innings offensively. Still have a way to go but we are making strides”, commented Pirate Head Coach Ricky Romans. Charlestown Pirate Baseball travels to Corydon on Thursday for a 6:00 pm first pitch.
Hours after debuting at #11 in this week’s Class 3A Coaches Poll, the Pirate Baseball team hosted the Class A #17 South Central Rebels Monday evening at Charlestown High School. Excluding the March 29th set back versus an upstart Columbus East team, the Pirates (4-1) not only beat a second straight ranked team in as many starts; but also displayed some early season pitching depth, seeing their fourth pitcher in five games do damage. Devon Krueger (1-0) got the win from the mound Monday, striking out seven Rebels, while allowing five hits in 6 1/3 innings. After a scoreless three and half innings, the Pirates hit their gear scoring twice in the fourth, once in the fifth, and five times in the sixth while cruising to a 8-1 non-conference victory. Brandon Love finished the game 2 of 4 from the plate with an RBI; while Justin Farris scored two Pirates while going 2-3 from the plate. “Tonight was a good win against a quality team. South Central always plays a good brand of baseball and it’s good to see our guys play as a team to get the win tonight”, commented Pirate Skipper Ricky Romans. The Pirates travel to New Albany Tuesday for a 5:30 pm non-conference start verses the Bulldogs. (photo courtesy of Melissa Stewart)