Dragons advance to sectional semifinals 10-0

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INDIANAPOLIS — It’s a small sample size, but New Palestine has been dominant in two regular-season games and one postseason tilt against Class 3A Sectional 26 competition in 2014.

The Dragons run-ruled host Chatard 10-0 in five innings Thursday – after beating Guerin Catholic 3-0 April 16 and blanking Brebeuf Jesuit 11-0 in five innings May 19 in regular-season contests – in a Sectional 26 quarterfinal contest that further inflated the red and white’s statistics against its common sectional foes:

The arms: Zero runs and four hits allowed in 19 innings, including a no-hitter by Connor Swain against Brebeuf.

The bats: Twenty-one runs scored on 27 hits.

Back in a 3A sectional after playing in 4A for two seasons, NP (19-9) jumped all over the Trojans Thursday, sending 15 batters to the plate in a nine-run second inning. That was more than enough backing for senior right-hander Evan Vance, who yielded one hit in five innings, striking out three and setting the side down in order three times.

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