FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon Marauders came out swinging in their home opener Monday night.
Jumping all over the visiting Class 3A No. 8 Brebeuf Jesuit Braves, the 4A Marauders scored six runs in the first inning and eight more in the sixth to win 14-5.
Mt. Vernon’s bats were sparked in the first inning behind a walk by Jaden Cappelletti, a single by Zach Roach and a single by Matthew Boyle.
Brebeuf Jesuit charged back and cut the deficit 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth with runs scored in four of the first six frames.
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The Marauders’ big sixth inning, however, kept the Braves at bay. The rally was driven by a double from Mitch McCarthy, a walk by Roach, a walk by Boyle, a single by Luke Smoot, and a walk by Brayden Augustinovicz.
Caleb Rush earned the win on the mound with 1.1 innings recorded. The junior scattered three hits and allowed two runs. A trio of relievers helped close out the victory with Ryan Beck going 2.2 innings.
The Marauders had eight hits in the game with Roach and Jared Shelton each collecting a pair. Boyle and Roach each finished with three RBI.
Mt. Vernon (1-0) traveled to Southport to face the Cardinals at Holder Field on Tuesday.
Dragons win opener
The New Palestine baseball team blasted Martinsville on Monday night 14-2 to open the season at 1-0.
The Dragons charged out to a 5-1 lead after the first inning and added seven more runs in the second to take a commanding lead. New Palestine added two more runs in the third to win by run-rule.
Jacob Smith powered the Dragons’ lineup with a two-run double in the first and a two-run home run in the second. New Palestine batted around the order in each of the first two innings.
Jack Walker had two hits and three RBI. Nick Rusche drove in two runs and flashed some leather on defense, turning a 6-4-3 double play from shortstop.
Keegan Watson, a Nebraska recruit, had two of the Dragons’ 10 hits. Watson pitched 3.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out two for the win.
Kyle Gardner pitched the last two frames, striking out three. The duo combined to allow three hits.
The Dragons (1-0) traveled to Batesville on Tuesday.