The schedule is finally becoming more of a friend to the Mt. Carmel baseball team.

“Our schedule was loaded in the front end with a lot of quality teams. You do your best to get through those first few weeks then after that plane off to where you can compete,” Aces coach John Copeland said. “We’re proving that against teams at our level or below, we can take care of business.”

Against non-conference Class 2A foe Lawrenceville Wednesday, the Golden Aces put up some big numbers in a 14-0 rout at Dee White Field, the game shortened to five innings.

Not that some of the earlier games against larger schools hasn’t come without bright spots.

“Against Evansville North, they beat us but we made a game of it. Against Vincennes Lincoln we were there until the seventh inning,” said the Aces coach.

Copeland said the pitching has been improving as of late, as evidenced by righthander Brandon Stringfellow, who went the distance against Lawrenceville to improve to 2-0.

In five innings of work, he allowed only three hits while striking out two and walking four in 68 pitches.

“This week we’ve gotten some good pitching. Guys have stepped up and gotten the job done on the mound,” Copeland said.

Cort Rodgers leads the team in hitting with a .450 average.

The Aces (6-7) have produced runs without the long ball, however. Austin Rue has the club’s only home run, an inside-the-parker against Olney.