New Palestine High School
Baseball blanks New Castle
By Andrew Smith | May 16, 2023 10:14 PM
Blaine Nunnally pitched a three-hit shutout Tuesday, leading the New Palestine baseball team to an 11-0 six-inning victory over host New Castle.
The victory, the Dragons' 13th in 15 games, improved the team's record to 18-7. They are also 9-4 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, having won seven straight league games.
The Dragons did their damage despite having just four hits. They took advantage of four New Castle errors and 15 walks.
Nunnally had one of those four hits, going 1-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Brayden Marrow also drove in three, going 1-for-4. Jacob Morris was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI, while Ben Hirschy was 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI.
Nunnally fanned nine and allowed just three hits and two walks in the shutout.
The Dragons took an early lead when New Castle walked the bases loaded, setting Nunnally up for an RBI groundout in the first. In the second, the Dragons extended the lead when two walks and an error set Marrow up for an RBI grounder. Marrow reached on an error on the play. He was doubled off, but Gavin Neal scored on the play to put the Dragons up 3-0.
The Dragons built a cushion in the fourth. Neal led off with a walk, but the next two batters made outs. Wyatt Mathies was hit by a pitch and Wes Stiller walked to load the bases. Morris drove in two runs with a single. Nunnally followed with a two-run double and he scored on an errant throw as he stole third base, putting the Dragons up 8-0.
The Dragons added three more runs in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule. With two outs, Nunnally walked and scored on Hirschy's single to center. After two more walks loaded the bases, Marrow hit a two-run single to extend the lead to 11-0.
The Dragons and Trojans conclude their two-game home-and-home series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at NPHS.