Multiple Teams · Baseball opens with victory

The New Palestine baseball team opened its season Monday with an emphatic 14-2 victory over Martinsville.

NP jumped out to a 5-1 lead after an inning and extended it with a seven-run second. The Dragons added two runs in the third before finishing out the five-run win.

Jacob Smith had the big blow in both the first and second innings. He ripped a two-run double in the first and followed with a two-run homer in the second. NP batted around in each of the first two innings.

Jack Walker also had two hits and three RBI, driving in two runs with a first-inning single. Nick Rusche also drove in two runs, and helped the Dragons get out of a first-and-third, one-out situation in the first inning with a deep play at shortstop for a forceout, then followed by turning a 6-4-3 doubleplay.

Keegan Watson also had a pair of hits for the Dragons, who had 10 hits in the contest.

Watson pitched three innings, allowing one run and striking out two, to get the win. Kyle Gardner pitched the final two innings, striking out three. The two combined to allow three hits.

The Dragons (1-0) hit the road for the next four games. They play Tuesday at Batesville.

Jacob Smith's double and homer led the Dragons against Martinsville.
Jacob Smith’s double and homer led the Dragons against Martinsville.