New Palestine High School
Baseball blanks, sweeps Arabians
By Andrew Smith | May 10, 2023 10:12 PM
Brayden Marrow pitched six shutout innings and the New Palestine baseball team's offense continued to produce Wednesday in an 8-0 home shutout of Pendleton Heights.
The Dragons swept the two-game series, outscoring the Arabians 16-1 over the contests, to improve to 15-7 overall and 8-4 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference. The Dragons have won 10 of their last 12 games and have swept three straight conference series.
Marrow (2-0) scattered six hits and fanned seven Arabians over six-plus innings. Nolan Cox struck out two in the seventh to nail down the game.
Wes Stiller was 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead the Dragons' offense. He started it in the first, driving home Adam Rickey with a solid one-out single to right. Rickey, who also reached base three times, led off the game with a walk and stole second to move into scoring position.
The Dragons scored in each of the first four innings. They added a pair of runs in the second. Wyatt Mathies singled to center to lead off, and then his courtesy runner, Brock Whitaker, scored one pitch later. He went to third on an errant pickoff throw and came home on a wild pitch. Cox then singled. Nic Deering followed with a sacrifice, but an errant throw put runners on second and third. Stiller drove home Cox with a sacrifice fly to center to extend the lead to 3-0.
In the third, Blaine Nunnally and Mathies walked. Nunnally moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
After chasing the Arabians' starter, the Dragons broke the game open in the fourth, batting around and scoring four times. Rickey led off by reaching on an error. Ben Morwick was hit by a pitch. Stiller followed with a single to short rightfield, plating Rickey from second and sending Morwick to third. Morwick then dashed home while Jacob Morris beat out a potential doubleplay ball on a grounder to the pitcher. The Dragons again loaded the bases as Nunnally singled and Ben Hirschy was hit by a pitch. Mathies singled in two runs with a hit to center.
The Dragons again threatened in the sixth with three walks, but left the bases loaded.
PH left six runners on base - two in each of three innings.
In addition to Stiller's three-hit day, Mathies was 2-for-2 with two RBI and also drew two walks. Nunnally was 1-for-2 with two runs and drew two walks. Cox was 2-for-3 with a run. Rickey walked three times, stole two bases and scored twice.
The Dragons are next in action Thursday at Cathedral.