NEW CARLISLE — The Mississinawa Valley baseball team only amassed two hits in a 5-0 shutout loss at Bethel on Tuesday.
There was a slight chill in the air, but no wind helped keep the atmosphere nearly perfect for a clean game of baseball.
In the top of the first inning, the Mississinawa Valley batters went three up and three down. In the bottom, Bethel, too, was held scoreless thanks to an incredible leaping catch from center fielder Ethan Bowman to end the inning.
In the top of the second, Mississinawa Valley was walked three times, but Bethel pitcher Tyler Brookhart started to heat up and threw three straight strikeouts to end the inning with Mississinawa Valley’s bases loaded.
At bat in the second, Bethel scored off two deep hits—Christian White sending in Hunter Shelly, and Riley Shaffer sending in White and Kenten Egbert. At the end of the inning, the score was 3-0.
For the next few innings, neither team scored. Mississinawa Valley’s defense played clean without costly errors, and again, Bowman made another circus catch. Bethel pitching remained solid as Brookhart piled up strikeout after strikeout.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Mississinawa Valley finally broke. Nick Lightcap hit a sacrifice fly, which allowed Shelly to score, and Shaffer singled for his third RBI, allowing White to score.
Mississinawa Valley was unable to score with its last at-bat, and Bethel won 5-0.
Tyler Jenkinson and Trent Collins were the only two Mississinawa Valley player with hits.
Mississinawa Valley pitcher Colyn Nelson pitched six innings with seven hits, five runs, three walks and five strikeouts.
Brookhart pitched the complete game for Bethel, allowing no runs on two hits, four walks and 13 strikeouts.
Mississinawa Valley fell to 8-12 with the loss and Bethel raised its record to 10-9 with the win.