The New Palestine baseball team opened its 2014 campaign with a doubleheader split at Delta Saturday. After rain postponed the games from Friday night, the Dragons lost 5-4 in Game 1 before recovering to prevail 7-3 in Game 2.
In the opener, NP (1-1, 1-1 Hoosier Heritage Conference) clawed back from a 5-1 deficit before coming up just short. Nick Butcher had an RBI double and Jason Hall-Manley drove in two runs. Hall-Manley had two hits, while Andy Edwards, Butcher and Connor Swain all had a hit.
Swain started and took the loss, surrendering two earned runs in two and two-thirds innings. He allowed five hits and walked six.
“Delta’s pitching is pretty solid, especially the Fox kid,” New Palestine coach Shawn Lyons said of Rob Fox, a returning All-Hoosier Heritage Conference selection who posted a 1.60 ERA last season and started Game 1 Saturday.
“I thought we had a good approach at the plate. We put a lot of balls in play and hit the ball hard. We easily could have won Game 1. We battled. I was proud of them, and then we got off to a great start in Game 2.”
Four first-inning runs staked the Dragons to an early Game 2 lead. NP notched seven hits for the game.
Swain had two hits, two RBI and a run. Cameron Clark tallied an RBI double. Butcher had two hits and scored twice.
Evan Vance garnered the win, yielding two hits and two earned runs in four and two-thirds innings. He walked four and struck out two. Justin Anderson claimed the save with two and a third innings of 1-run, 4-hit ball.
Cougars start 2014 with split
Greenfield-Central began its season with a win and a loss Saturday. The host Cougars lost to Fort Wayne Carroll 10-2 before downing Frankfort 20-4 in the nightcap.
In the opener, Morganne Denny was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Deena Miller was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
In Game 2, Makayla Durick took the win on the mound and also went 2-for-4 with two RBI at the dish.
Denny was 4-for-6 with three runs. Darcie Huber went 4-for-6 with a double, home run and four RBI. Miller was 4-for-5.