Baseball

Barrett sent down to AAA

In need of what the Washington Nationals termed “bullpen reinforcements after a taxing few games,” the club announced Saturday it had optioned former Wabash Valley College pitcher Aaron Barrett to Triple-A Syracuse while selecting the contract of right-hander Blake Treinen from there.

Barrett (1-0) certainly made it tough on the Nationals to make the decision this early in the season. The 6-foot-3 right-hander was scoreless in six relief appearances, allowing just one hit and two walks in 4.1 innings of relief work.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. Above and beyond,” tweeted first-year Washington manager Matt Williams. “Right now we just needed a guy (in Treinen) who can give us length.”

Aces blanked twice

Mt. Carmel came up empty in the scoring column in back-to-back road games against southern Indiana baseball powers this week.

Wednesday in their Big 8 Conference opener at Jasper, the Aces collected only two hits in a 12-0 loss. The host Wildcats used two three-run homers to power their way to the win.

Mt. Carmel (1-4, 0-1) had even more trouble Tuesday in a game at Gibson Southern, getting only one hit - from Cort Rodgers - against two Titan hurlers. The final there was also 12-0.

The week-long varsity road trip continues Friday at Olney, with a game Saturday at Carmi. The JV team hosts Gibson Southern today at 4:30 p.m. at Dee White Field.

Six errors cost Aces in home opener

Robinson didn’t spoil Mt. Carmel’s baseball home opener Tuesday. No, the Aces did it do themselves, in an 8-6 non-conference loss at Dee White Field.

“Looking at the scoreboard, what killed us was five errors, and that’s being generous,” said Mt. Carmel coach John Copeland.

It was. The final miscue count was six for the hosts. “If we take away those errors we win the ballgame,” Copeland said.

The Aces added insult to injury by running themselves out of their final at-bat after scoring once and loading the bases with one out.

Butler still in the hunt for Cardinals bullpen spot

Former Wabash Valley College star Keith Butler is still one of four pitchers vying for the last spot in the St. Louis bullpen as the Cardinals head north to play their Triple-A affiliate Memphis tonight (Friday).

But the final decision over which hurler to keep is expected by the end of the day.

The Cards final exhibition game of the spring is tonight at 6:35 p.m. and the relievers who do not make the 25-man roster will stay in Memphis and open the season in Triple-A.

WVC win moves them to 2nd in GRAC

Wabash Valley held off Olney Central, 8-6, Wednesday to move past the Blue Knights and into second place in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference baseball standings.

The win was the 20th of the season for Rob Fournier’s WVC club (20-8), and improved the Warriors to 5-2 in the league. Olney fell to 19-4 and 6-3.

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