Indians ride pitching past Karnes City

Clyde Schuchart fires a pitch home in Jourdanton’s 9-3 win over Karnes City on Tuesday, April 20. GABRIEL ROMERO | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

With three games left in District 27-3A play, Jourdanton is making a strong push for second place. 

A strong pitching performance from Clyde Schuchart against Karnes City on Tuesday gave Jourdanton (11-6, 7-4) a 9-3 win and a two-game win streak.

“He did a tremendous job pitching tonight. He got a lot of strikes, too,” said Jourdanton Head Coach John Conway. “We did what we needed to do and back him up behind him.”

The last time Karnes City and Jourdanton played was on March 26, where Jourdanton won the game 11-1.

The start for Schuchart was his first of the season on the bump. He went six innings, giving up three runs with five walks and striking out seven in 89 pitches. He had a five-pitch first inning to start the game. Of his 89 pitches, 47 were strikes.

He had trouble in the seventh inning, walking two Badgers and gave up two runs before his night was over. 

Shuchart gave props to Tristin Kraft for coming into the seventh inning to get the three remaining outs.

“We had to throw strikes and when you do that, good things happen,” Schuchart explained. “We have a great defense to back us up and the scoreboard says it all. It adds a lot of confidence in what they can do behind me.”

Two key parts of Jourdanton’s win were Kraft and Brett Berg, who tied for the team-leading three RBIs against the Badgers.

“They have a great pitcher and we were able to jump on him real quick. It helped us,” Berg said. 

Berg hit back-to-back triples, the first in the third inning nabbed him his first RBI, and in the fourth inning his bases-clearing triple to add two more RBIs to his total.

Berg, a senior, went 3-for-4 at the plate. Schuchart knows that the team’s seniors get the team going offensively.

“We’ve got a pretty good ball club and it feels good to beat those guys because they are a really good ball club and we get another win under our belt,” Schuchart said.

The momentum from this victory, to Schuchart, will help the team in Friday’s key matchup.

The win streak will be put to the test on Friday when the team travels to Poth to take on the Pirates for a stake at second place in district.

He is looking forward to carrying the offense to Poth.

“They have a very crazy atmosphere. If we can get a win that would be big for us,” Berg said. “We are pumped. Me and Colton [Schuchart] are ready. We are going to take it to them.”

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