Emanuel shuts down Falcons

Published 10:35 pm Friday, May 13, 2011

Southland pitcher Trevor Emanuel delivers against Fillmore Central in the first inning Friday in Adams. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

ADAMS — The Southland baseball team picked up its first shutout win of the season and it came from a pitcher who hadn’t ever gotten a win on the mound in his career.

Senior hurler Trevor Emanuel allowed just two infield hits and three walks, while striking out nine as he picked up his first career win with a shutout in Southland’s 11-0 win over Fillmore Central (5-8 overall) in Adams Friday.

Emanuel walked three hitters in the second inning, but he struck out Garret Boggs to get out of the jam.

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“My arm hurt at the beginning and I think I was trying to overthrow,” Emanuel said. “After that I just had to slow down my wind-up and my release, then I started locating the ball and it was fine.”

In the third, Emanuel allowed a pair of two-out infield hits and he struck out Zach Olstad to end the frame.

Southland’s offense came early and often as Adam Kiefer and Dylan Heimer both lined two-singles up the middle to score runs in a four-run first inning.

Southland shortstop Alan May moves in to put the tag on Fillmore Central's Zach Olstad on a pick-off attempt in the second inning Friday in Adams. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The Rebels (11-3 overall, 11-3 Three Rivers) also drew four walks in the opening frame.

“We came out and did what we had to do to win the game. We took advantage of what they gave us. It’s all about getting runners on base and you do what you can,” Southland head coach Scott Retterath said. “They had a lot of kids playing out of position and they’ve got a lot of kids hurt.”

Southland put the game out of reach in the fourth when Grant Hegge grounded in a run and Alan May launched a three-run homer well over the left field fence to make it 11-0.

“It was a little windy and that helped, but it felt good off the bat and I’m just glad there were runners on,” said May, who now has four homers on the season.

Southland’s lineup was in control throughout the game as six Rebels had at least one hit.

“Everybody’s starting to come up with hits,” Emanuel said. “Before there was only a select few that were hitting and it’s a much different game when everyone comes to hit. It’s a lot more fun.”

The Rebels have now won three in a row after suffering a three-game losing streak.

“Those three games (we lost), we played horrible and right now we’re like a whole different team,” May said. “We’re all hitting the ball and the bench is doing well. We’ve got to keep going. It doesn’t get any easier and we’ve got some good teams coming up. We’ve got to keep playing good baseball.”

Southland will play one more road game before playing its last five games of the season at home.

Fillmore 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 2

Southland 4 2 1 4 X — 11 7 1

Southland pitching: Trevor Emanuel (W), 5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 R, 9 K

Southland hitting: Alan May, 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 R, 2 SB, BB; Lukas Anderson, 1-for-2, R, SB, 2 BBs; Emanuel, 0-for-1, RBI, 2 BBs; Josh Landherr, 0-for-3; Adam Kiefer, 2-for-3, double, RBI, 2 R; Tyler Kressin, 1-for-2, 2 R, BB; Grant Hegge, 1-for-2, 2 RBIs, R, SB; Dylan Heimer, 1-for-2, 2 RBIs, R, BB; Lee Kloeckner, 0-for-2; Drew Loecher, R, SB; Logan Vlastay, 0-for-1