Monroe Central's Aidyn Coffey continued his mound dominance in Saturday's Randolph County championship game, this time against a typically good hitting Union City team that has played so well this season that the pollsters have them tabbed as the No. 5 team in Class A.
But after belting out 14 hits against Randolph Southern in the early afternoon tourney game, the Indians' bats had no answer for Coffey, who allowed the Tribe just two hits, struck out 11 and didn't allow a single free pass. He needed just 63 pitches over his five innings.
In the Indians' defense, they aren't the first team to be shut down by the hard-throwing, Coastal Carolina-bound Golden Bear. He's already thrown two no-hitters this season and owns an earned run average of less than 1.00.
Coffey had more than enough support at the plate as the Bears were swatting hits all over the park against Union City's Cam LaFuze, who for one of the few times this season didn't have his best stuff. Most of the time, the flame throwing LaFuze has overpowered opponents. But he just couldn't get the Bears figured out.
After scoring three times in the first inning, Monroe Central did the bulk of the damage in a seven-run third inning. The Bears had seven hits in the inning, highlighted bt Bandy's two-run single and Coffey's two-run homer.
The Bears had 12 hits in all, with four different batters collecting at least two. Coffey hit a home run and knocked in two runs. The Bears rapped five doubles – one each by Brayden Matheny, Caleb Snyder, Wyatt Burris, Joel Kennedy and Lane Wilson. Leadoff man Ashton Bandy had a pair of RBIs.
The Bears also had seven stolen bases as well as they won for the sixth straight time and improved to 15-4 overall.
The Indians had rolled to a 14-1 victory over Randolph Southern to reach the finals. The loss to the Bears was just their second setback in 13 games.
Jude Conner and LaFuze both singled in the first inning, but the Indians could not score and they didn't get another hit, or another baserunner for that matter.
The Indians have a pair of Tai-Eastern Conference road games this week as they travel to Cambridge City on Tuesday and Union County on Wednesday. At 3-1 in league play, the Indians are very much in contention for the league title. Union City will host Randolph Southern on Saturday.