Whiteland tops common sectional foe

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NEW PALESTINE — Through its first two games, New Palestine’s offense has shown it is in midseason form.

As for the Dragons’ pitching and defense…well, those two areas remain works in progress.

The red and white fell 7-5 to visiting Whiteland Wednesday evening, dropping to 1-1 on the season after downing Southport 8-7 in eight innings Tuesday.

Following a 12-hit performance Tuesday, New Palestine had 10 additional knocks Wednesday – including four of the extra-base variety.

But, the offensive fireworks were overshadowed by the squad’s struggles on the mound and in the field. The Warriors’ go-ahead run in the top of the seventh was set up by the Dragons’ third error of the contest – the team’s sixth fielding miscue in two games. Two other Whiteland runs were set up by NP errors.

“Defense let us down,” said 11th-year Dragons coach Ed Marcum. “Routine plays that we didn’t make ended up being the go-ahead run. Should’ve been the first out of the inning and we end up not making the play. We had several of those throughout the game.”

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