The New Palestine baseball team hit three homers in back-to-back innings Tuesday to beat Greenfield-Central 6-3 in the second game of their doubleheader at Molinder Field in Greenfield.
NP dropped the first game 2-0.
The Dragons, ranked fourth in Class 3A, are now 13-3 on the season and 6-2 in the HHC, one game back of leader Pendleton Heights.
In the nightcap, the Dragons fell behind 2-0 after the top of the first, but found their power bats with three homers in the fourth and fifth innings. Jack Walker’s two-run blast tied the game in the fourth. It was his first career homer.
In the fifth, Colby Jenkins and Keegan Watson hit back-to-back homers to put NP up 5-2.; It was the third homer of the season for each. Tyler Martin followed with an RBI double in the inning to extend the lead to 6-2.
Kyle Gardner (3-1) went the distance, allowing three earned runs and five hits. He fanned five Cougars in seven innings.
The Dragons had eight hits in the game. Leadoff hitter Nick Rusche was 2-for-3 with a double and a run. Andrew Roberts and Jacob Smith also had hits, with Smith scoring a run.
In the opener, the Dragons dropped a 2-0 decision as Greenfield-Central’s Drey Jameson pitched his third shutout in four starts against conference foes. G-C took the lead with a two-run first-inning homer and maintained it. NP had four hits, including two singles from Jenkins and a double by Cameron Pitzer, but could not break the shutout. Walker also had a single for the Dragons.
Watson (4-1) struck out seven and allowed two hits in four innings. Jacob Garrison allowed one hit and fanned two in two scoreless innings of relief.
The Dragons next play Friday at home against HHC rival Delta, a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.