Carey, Pack carry Red Raiders to tourney win

By Chris Miles

May 14, 2014

The spring sports postseason continued for a pair of Madison County baseball teams Tuesday, May 13, the results were mixed. One team lived to see another day, the other had its season come to an end.


London 2,

Johnstown-Monroe 1

This is what life is like when you limit your mistakes defensively.

That’s likely the message London coach Jason Barber was telling his team following the Red Raiders 2-1 Division II district tournament victory at Johnstown-Monroe on Tuesday, May 13.

London (7-14) committed just one error and senior Roger Pack’s 2-run home run in the fourth inning proved to be enough offense for ace pitcher Zac Carey who went the distance in picking up the victory.

“Zac Carey has been tough all year, he and all of our pitchers have given us a chance to win,” Barber said. “But we’ve made mistakes and given up two, three, four unearned runs in games. Tonight we were solid defensively and Zac really had a plan out there and did a good job of getting guys out.

“He’s a lot of fun to watch. With the scouting we were able to do, he was able to stick to the plan with each batter and it obviously worked out.”

The winning runs for the London game in the fourth inning was when Justin Long blooped a single over the second baseman and Pack followed with a blast over the fence in left field. With the victory the Raiders advance to the second round where they will play at No. 6 Lakewood at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

“Lakewood is always good and I’m sure they’ll be ready to play,” Barber said. “We’ll probably start Brok (Bennett) on the mound. Like I said earlier all of our pitchers have given us a chance to win this year. I expect Brok will do what he’s done all year.”

Centerburg 8,

Madison-Plains 0

The Golden Eagles (4-18) had their season come to an end at the hands of host Centerburg on Tuesday evening, May 13.

With the win Centerburg, the 15th seed advances to play at No. 6 West Jefferson at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

Chris Miles can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 18 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.