An injury has prevented Bradley Poynter from pitching this season. It hasn’t, however, kept him off the field. Used almost exclusively as a designated hitter, he hit .489 during the regular season and lead the team in RBI (34), hits (44), walks (19) and doubles (11).
On Wednesday, Poynter’s potent bat once again delivered in a big moment for the Indians (25-9). The senior hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, which propelled Central to a 10-2 win over Madison Southern (15-17) in the championship game of the 44th District Tournament at Don Richardson Field.
Both teams move on to the 11th Region Tournament next week. “I love leading this team,” Poynter said. “It’s been a great time.”
Central had a 3-0 lead after Stewart homered in the third, but the Eagles got a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to get back in the game. Druw Hess started the big inning with a double. Landon Broaddus came up with a two-run RBI single and Parker Mullins followed with a two-run single. Stewart singled and scored on Poynter’s first home run of the season.
“I can’t say enough about (Bradley),” Madison Central coach Steve Roof said. “He’s been hurt. He’s been solid as our DH.”
Hess was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Mullins was 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and scored twice. Gunnar Rhodus was 1-for-4, while Daniel Bauer and Nick Pietromonaco each scored a run.
Sam Coleman started for Central. He worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs and two walks.
Grant Beck pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, while striking out one.
Eli Metcalfe worked one inning and had one walk.
By: Nathan Hutchinson