The fourth-ranked New Palestine baseball team held off a late Brebeuf rally Monday to beat the Braves 8-6 at NPHS.
The Dragons improved to 11-2 on the season with the victory. Colby Jenkins drove in three runs as NP built a 6-1 lead.
The Dragons broke through in the third, putting two runners on for Jenkins, whose single to right plated a run. Jack Walker drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home another, and Tyler Martin reached on an error to plate Jenkins. After Brebeuf brought a run back in the top of the fourth, NP scored three more in the fifth. Jacob Hickman was hit to begin the inning and Jacob Garrison followed with a hit. Nick Rusche’s bunt put two runners in scoring position, where Jenkins’ sacrifice fly could bring one home. An infield hit by Jacob Smith and an errant throw on the play brought home two more to put NP up 6-1.
The Braves mounted a rally in the fifth, getting four runs on five hits, but reliever Cameron Pitzer induced a doubleplay grounder to Rusche, who turned the twin-killing with the tying run on third to end the threat. NP followed with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of a dropped third strike, two walks, a bases-loaded RBI single by Rusche and an RBI groundout by Jenkins.
Jarrett Jaques pitched the final two innings to get the save. Brebeuf got a run on four hits in the seventh, but he induced a strikeout with the tying run on first to end the game.
Brebeuf outhit NP 15-7, but starter Jacob Garrison (3-0), Pitzer and Jaques were able to make big pitches and force the Braves to strand nine runners. Garrison allowed five earned runs and stuck out six over 4 1/3 to get the win. Jaques allowed five hits and a run over two innings to get the save.
The Dragons’ attack was led by the top two in the order. Jenkins was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI. Rusche was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Smith had a hit and an RBI, as did Martin. Garrison was 1-for-1, leading to two runs. The Dragons also drew seven walks and a hit batter.
NP next plays Wednesday at Connersville.