The New Palestine baseball team improve to 8-0 on the season Friday with a doubleheader sweep at Yorktown, winning 10-0 in the opener, and following with a 13-3 victory in the nightcap. Both games were six-inning contests due to the mercy rule.
The Dragons are now also 4-0 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play, one of two teams to be unblemished through two weeks of conference games.
NP hit four homers on the day – Jacob Garrison hit one in the opener. Jack Walker homered twice and Colby Jenkins hit one in the nightcap.
In Game 1, Garrison threw a complete-game shutout. He scattered four hits and struck out eight, walking none. Garrison also had a big day at the plate, hitting his third homer in a four-game stretch. He also doubled twice and drove in five runs.
NP took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, added four more in the second and continued to pile on, with a three-run fourth and two in the sixth to end the game.
Cameron Espich had two hits and an RBI. Jack Walker had two hits, including a double, scored twice and drove in a run. Myles Kost drove in the Dragons’ other two runs with a double, as six of the Dragons’ 10 hits were for extra bases. Colby Jenkins also hit a double and scored twice. Grant Hickman hit a single and scored a run.
In the second game, the Dragons pounced for seven runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Yorktown scored twice in the second, but a three-run fourth and another tally in the fifth extended the edge to 11-2. NP scored twice in the sixth to end the game.
Walker hit two homers in the contest, driving in four runs. Jenkins also hit his second homer of the season, going 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI. Kost continued his strong hitting, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and three RBI. Nick Rusche had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Cameron Pitzer had a double, a run and an RBI. Grant Wiegand had a two-run single and scored twice. Garrison and Espich also had hits as NP outhit Yorktown 12-1.
Three pitchers combined on the one-hitter. Walker got the win, pitching four hitless innings and allowing one earned run. He struck out seven. Espich and Pitzer finished the contest. Espich allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings, while Pitzer fanned the only batter he faced in the Yorktown sixth.
The Dragons are back in action Monday at Whiteland. They return home Tuesday to face Cathedral. The next conference games for the Dragons will be Friday at Mt. Vernon.