Jack Walker threw a three-hit shutout, leading the New Palestine baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Pendleton Heights in Friday’s opening game. The Dragons then dropped a 3-2 decision in the nightcap.
In the opener, Walker was dominant, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits – singles in the fourth and fifth inning and a double in the seventh.
The Dragons pounced early, scoring two runs in the first when Colby Jenkins was hit by a pitch and Zach Neligh doubled. Walker had an RBI groundout and Noah Mack an RBI single. NP made it 3-0 in the second after two errors and an RBI groundout by Jenkins. In the third, the Dragons added another, loading the bases with one out and plating a run on Grant Wiegand’s sacrifice fly. Mack’s double in the seventh plated Neligh for an insurance run.
NP had seven hits, with Mack going 4-for-4 with two RBI. Neligh was 2-for-4 with two runs. Jenkins had the Dragons’ other hit and drove in a run.
In the nightcap, the Dragons took an early 1-0 lead, but three unearned runs by the Arabians allowed PH to take the lead. A late comeback fell short.
After the Dragons put runners on first and second, Walker hit an RBI double to give NP a 1-0 edge. Both teams continued to threaten – NP had two runners on in the fourth and PH loaded the bases in the top of the inning.
In the fifth, PH broke through with two errors a walk and two RBI singles to plate three runs. NP drew within a run in the bottom. Mack singled, went to second on a walk and scored on a base hit by Bain. The Dragons put the tying run on third with none out in the sixth after a double by Wiegand and a passed ball, but three consecutive groundouts ended the threat.
The Dragons are now 12-11 and 7-5 in the HHC.
NP had seven hits. Wiegand was 2-for-3. Henry Giesler, Neligh, Walker, Mack and Bain all had hits.
Neligh didn’t allow an earned run over 4 2/3 innings of work and struck out seven, but took the decision. Josh Jaques pitched 1/3 inning in relief. Jaden Jaques struck out two over two hitless, scoreless innings.
The Dragons next play Monday at home against Scecina for Senior Day.