7th-inning rally guides New Pal to Game 1 win

YORKTOWN — New Palestine’s baseball squad made a third late charge from behind in as many Hoosier Heritage Conference outings Friday night.

This one gave the Dragons the upper hand on Yorktown in Game 1 of their doubleheader, as they pushed five home in the seventh inning and prevailed 10-9.

NP had a chance to do it again the next game, but couldn’t get the tying or go-ahead runs across and ended up on the short end, 4-2.

The Dragons moved to 10-6 on the year and 3-5 in the HHC.

It was a very impressive display of “small ball” for NP in Game 1, with 12 of its 14 hits being singles – four coming in its final at-bat.

Last week against Shelbyville, the Dragons overcame a 2-0 deficit and scored twice in the last inning to win, and came from 7-0 down to go up 9-7 (they fell 10-9 in eight innings).

“Our approach at the plate was better,” NP assistant coach Landon McBride said. “We had some guys, especially in the bottom of our order, come through for us in the seventh and get some key hits for us, and we were able to scratch a few across and come away with the victory.”

Friday, Yorktown broke a 5-all tie with three in its sixth, but the Dragons broke through the next inning, sending 11 men to the plate and getting five home, two of the runs unearned.

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