CHURUBUSCO — A year ago at this time Churubusco baseball was off to an 0-5 start and wondering when its’ first win was going to ever come.
Two games into the 2011 season, the Eagles have reversed their fortunes remaining undefeated heading into Thursday.
One of those five consecutive losses from last season came from Oak Hill.
The Eagles starting pitcher Ryan Farlow remembers it well. Farlow gave up four runs and six hits in a 6-3 loss to the Golden Eagles.
“From last year to this year was good,” Farlow said. “Last year I pitched against them and it was not good. Definitely, happy with how I pitched this time.”
Thursday, Farlow’s six-inning performance at the mound led Churubusco over Oak Hill 4-3.
The senior slinger for ’Busco threw six innings fanning six batters and allowing three hits and two runs.
A split-finger pitch he picked up this season helped Farlow take a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning for ’Busco.
“I picked it up just this year,” Farlow noted of his new breaking pitch. “Last year the curve ball wasn’t working so I had to find something else. Picked it up in the offseason and I’m starting to get it to work.”
Churubusco needed every pitch and run including two in the sixth inning.
The Eagles held a slim 2-1 lead coming into the inning. No room for error, ’Busco knew it needed insurance runs.
Freshman Kody Poyser helped Churubusco get one, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Leading off the sixth, Poyser connected for a solo home run over the left field fence.
“It felt good,” Poyser said. “Coach said we needed insurance runs.”
A sacrifice fly from Spencer Shroyer tacked on another run with Austin Goepfrich tagging up from third.
“We had to have both of them,” Churubusco head coach Mark Grove said. “Against a good team like Oak Hill we knew we needed more runs.
“It’s one of those things where we’ve got him (Poyser) this year, next year, the next and next,” Grove said with a laugh.
The two runs proved to be more important than the Eagles knew at the time.
A once comfortable 4-1 lead entering the seventh inning quickly disappeared with Oak Hill scoring two quick runs with the help of a triple from Tyler Hodson.
Senior Dylan Herendeen came in for an inning of relief at the mound. Two walks and a dribbler in the infield loaded the bases against Herendeen.
The tying run at third base, Churubusco clinched its third victory of the young season on a strikeout from Herendeen.
The Eagles opened the season winning their first two games by way of shutouts.
A 14-inning scoreless streak coming into Thursday went as far as 18 and a 1/3 before ’Busco surrendered a lead.
A ground out by Oak Hill pitcher Derek Durkes scored the Golden Eagles first run in the fourth inning.
Churubusco limited the damage in the inning with a diving catch in right field by Austin Goepfrich.
Justin Norris and Farlow both picked up RBIs in the third inning for Churubusco with Alan Meeks scoring after a double to the fence.
The Eagles scored their four runs on five hits for the game.