The New Palestine baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit Wednesday, but saw host Connersville break a tie in the fifth and beat the Dragons 6-4.
Trailing 4-1 going into the fourth, the Dragons responded. Eric Roudebush doubled and Grant Wiegand singled to put two runners on. Trevor Rush’s two-out, two-run single drew NP within one. The Dragons then tied the game in the fifth when Jacob Bain hit a one-out double and scored on Noah Mack’s sacrifice fly.
But the Spartans responded with a single, a passed ball and a two-out hit to take the lead. In the sixth, Connersville took advantage of an error and an RBI groundout to extend the lead.
The Dragons fell behind early, but tied the game at 1-1 in the third when Colby Jenkins singled, stole second and scored on Jack Walker’s single. The Spartans responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning on three hits and two errors.
The Dragons were outhit 8-7. Rush was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Bain and Roudebush both doubled. Jenkins, Walker and Wiegand hit singles.
NP’s pitchers combined to allow just one earned run, as five of the Spartans’ six runs were unearned. Joshua Jaques struck out one and allowed three hits and no earned runs through two innings. Jaden Jaques took the decision, despite allowing one earned run, five hits and striking out three over four innings.
The Dragons (2-4) are next in action Friday with a doubleheader against HHC rival Yorktown.