The New Palestine baseball team used a big offensive day Friday to post a sweep of the Shelbyville Golden Bears in the HHC opener for both teams.
The Dragons won the opener 12-2 in five innings, then followed with a 10-0 win in the nightcap in six innings. Tyler Martin drove in nine runs on the day to lead the Dragons’ offense.
In the day’s first game, the Dragons scored twice in the top of the first, but Shelbyville rallied to tie it in the second. NP took a 6-2 lead with a four-run third, then broke it open with five runs in the fourth.
NP used a steady stream of baserunners, with 11 hits. Tyler Martin was 1-for-3 with a run and five RBI. Colby Jenkins was 3-for-4 with three runs and two stolen bases. Jack Walker was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and three RBI. Nick Rusche had two hits and an RBI and Cameron Pitzer also drove in a run. Keegan Watson had a double and three runs scored. Jarrett Jaques also had a hit.
Watson pitched four innings, striking out four and allowing two earned runs, to get the win. Jaques struck out one batter in the fifth in relief.
In the second game, NP took a two-run lead in the first, then broke the game open with a five-run fourth. NP added two more in the fifth and one in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the mercy rule.
Again, Martin had a big game at the plate, driving in four runs. He was 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Rusche drove in two runs. Watson also had two hits, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, helping pace a nine-hit attack for the Dragons. Jacob Smith and Colby Jenkins had a double, a run and an RBI each. Walker had a double. Jacob Hickman and Andrew Roberts each had singles, with Hickman scoring twice.
Gardner struck out nine, scattering three hits in five shutout innings for the pitching win. Pitzer struck out one in an inning of relief. They combined to allow four hits.
The Dragons are now 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in HHC play, having won all games by double-digit runs. They are back in action Monday at Perry Meridian.
On Saturday, the Dragon JV won 19-0 and 8-5. In Game 1, Jack Walker got the win striking out seven batters in three innings and Luke Greene, Jacob Bain, Zach Neligh and Myles Kost all had two hits each. Trever Rush drove in four runs. In Game 2, Grant Hickman picked up the win by pitching four innings and allowing only two runs. Tyler Young had four RBI with Luke Greene getting another two hits. Cam Espich pitched the last 2/3 of an inning to get the save.