Caden Miller had everything working for him last Tuesday afternoon as he completed the game with perfection, not allowing a single runner to reach base safely during Altamont’s 4-0 win over Brownstown/St. Elmo.
Miller needed only 77 pitches to get through seven innings as he attacked batters all game. He threw only 18 balls all game and racked up 14 strikeouts. The few batters that were able to make contact were taken care of easily as the defense was perfect behind Miller’s stellar pitching.
The Indians had an early lead as they scored once in the first. In the third, they got runners on the corners with no outs. The Eagles’ defense turned a brilliant 4-6-3 double play but still allowed Altamont to go up 2-0 when Dylan Miller scored from third base.
The Indians would later tack on insure with one in the sixth and another run in the seventh.
Kaleb Whitt, Jake Finn, and Alek Biggs each finished with one base hit and an RBI. Kolby Pemberton went 1-for-2 with a triple and a run scored. Jacob Robbins and Wyatt Vaughn both had a single for the Indians while Dylan Miller recorded a base hit and a stole base.
The win was Altamont’s ninth on the season.
Prior to Miller’s perfection in Brownstown, the Indians traveled to face Dieterich back on May 5.
The Indians came back from an early deficit to take the lead, only to watch the Maroons tie the game late and then win in extra innings 4-3.
The Maroons took the lead 2-0 in the third inning. Altamont fought back with one in the fourth and one in the fifth to tie the game. They went ahead briefly with another run in the sixth inning, but Dieterich matched that production in the bottom half of the inning. Needing extra innings, the game was tied until the bottom of the ninth inning when Charlie Thoele drove in the winning run with an RBI single.
Pemberton was the losing pitcher for the Indians as he came on in relief. He lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run.
At the plate, Finn had the big game for Altamont with a 4-for-5 performance including a triple and scoring twice. Biggs also had a strong game, picking up three base hits and driving in one run. Robbins added an RBI base hit. Noah Teasley and Dylan Miller both went 1-for-5 in the game. Kaleb Whitt drew two walks and stole a base while scoring once.
The Indians then traveled to Teutopolis on Monday, May 8 to face the always tough Wodden Shoes.
Managing just five hits in the game, Altamont could never mustard any runs and fell 5-0.
Teutopolis went up with a run in the third inning and then added four more in the bottom of the fourth. That would be all the scoring.
Biggs took the loss for Altamont, pitching five innings and allowing ten hits and three walks while striking out three. Only one of the five runs against him was earned and the Indians committed two crucial errors.
Finn had three of Altamont’s five base hits. Biggs and Robbins had the other two hits.
Altamont now sits at 9-12 on the season. Regional action kicks off this week and Altamont will host regionals. They have earned the fifth seed in their sub-sectional.