The New Palestine baseball team rallied from a two-run deficit in the seventh to send its game to extra innings Tuesday, but Fishers scored twice in the eighth to beat NP 5-3.
With NP trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Dragons loaded the bases on three straight walks with none out. Pinch-hitter Aven Jones was hit by a pitch, bringing in one run and drawing the Dragons within one. With one out, Colby Jenkins rapped a grounder to short but beat out the doubleplay attempt at first, allowing the tying run to come home. With the winning run at third, Fishers was able to get a groundout and end the inning.
In the eighth, the Tigers re-took the lead on a leadoff hit, sacrifice bunt and an RBI single to center. Another hit plated another run to push the Fishers edge to 5-3.
The Dragons again put the tying run on base with none out in the bottom of the eighth, with Jack Walker drawing a walk and Noah Mack following with a base hit. Fishers’ pitching was able to retire the next three batters.
Fishers took an early 1-0 lead on a two-out RBI single in the first, but Dragon starter Josh Jaques was solid from there. The Dragons tied it on a one-out walk to Vince Dant, a sacrifice bunt by Henry Giesler and an RBI single from Jenkins.
The Tigers re-took the lead in the fifth with two runs on a one-out single and back-to-back two-out hits, the latter a two-run double.
The Dragon offense was efficient, tallying three runs on four hits. Jenkins was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Neligh was 2-for-3 with a run. Mack had the Dragons’ other hit. NP also drew six walks and left seven on base. Fishers had 12 hits and left eight runners on.
Josh Jaques allowed one run and four hits in three innings, fanning two. Jaden Jaques also pitched three innings, allowing five hits, two runs and fanning two. Dant pitched the final two innings, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out two.
The Dragons are now 11-8. They next play Wednesday at home against Bloomington North.