INDIAN CREEK 6, WARSAW 2
The Warsaw Tigers fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 6-2 loss to Indian Creek on Thursday at Grand Park in Westfield. Indian Creek started the scoring in the first inning on a triple by Dustin Sprong and a groundout by Cody Grider.
Trevor Ankney earned the win for Indian Creek lasting seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out eight.
Noah Burgh took the loss for the Tigers, surrendering four runs on five hits over six innings, striking out six. Matt Shoemaker, Josh Ehrlinger, Burgh, Alex Light and Liam Patton each collected one hit apiece to lead Warsaw, which committed three errors in the loss.
The Tigers (0-2) are in action again in a non-confidence matchup versus Tippecanoe Valley in Akron on April 10. Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m.
FAIRFIELD 8, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 4
Fairfield plated six runs during a big seventh inning, then held off host Valley in the two teams’ opener Thursday night in Akron.
Valley responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning but couldn’t come all the way back from a seven-run deficit.
Lucas Walters threw five shutout innings, striking out 12 batters while walking six and giving up one earned run before giving way to Ethan Yates in the sixth. Yates surrendered four hits with two walks versus two strikeouts and four earned runs lasting one inning.
At the plate, Walters went 2-for-4, Wes Melanson went 2-for-3 with a run to lead the Vikings, and Nate Heckaman batted in a pair of runs for his team.
No Fairfield player recorded multiple hits, but the Falcons finished with six compared to Valley’s three, and Carter Miller ND Felipe Arevalo each batted in a pair of runs and scored another two.
Branden Garrison got the pitching win in just two innings of work on the mound, giving up three runs, none earned, off a walk and no hits. He relieved Cade Gall in the sixth after Gall yielded just two hits with three walks and struck out six for one Valley run over five innings.
GRACE 12, HUNTINGTON 2
Grace’s baseball team picked up a marquee win, downing Huntington 12-2 on Thursday in the Lancers’ home opener.
Huntington, who started the day atop the Crossroads League standings, was stunned in the opener by the Lancers, who produced 10 hits in the rout.
The Foresters (11-8, 7-3 CL) actually struck first in the top of the first with a single run, but the Lancers countered with three big innings.
In the bottom of the second, Grace scored three runs with two outs against them. Sam Newkirk was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and David Anderson followed that up with a two-run double to put Grace up 3-1.
Grace loaded the bases again in the third. Mitchell Enyart and Branden Scott drove in runs, and Sam Newkirk executed a squeeze bunt to plate another. Hunter Ackerman brought in two more runs with a single to left field, capping off a five-run inning.
In the fourth inning, Chris Griffin, R.J. Snyder and Jaron Mullett crossed the plate to give the Lancers (8-11, 4-6 CL) a commanding 12-1 lead.
Josh Tew and Jordan Noska took care of the rest from the mound. Although each pitcher gave up hits, Grace’s defense refused to surrender a big inning from the Foresters.
Josh Tew allowed two runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out five to pick up the win. Jordan Noska did not allow a run to score over the final 2 2/3 innings, striking out four and yielding four hits.
Enyart batted 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, and Newkirk was 1-for-3 with a run and three RBI. Xavier Harris, Snyder and Griffin each plated twice, and Scott was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI.
Anderson drove in three runs, and Ackerman batted 1-for-5 with two RBI.
After waiting 30 minutes in a rain delay, the teams decided to postpone the second game of the doubleheader.
The Lancers will conclude their series with Huntington on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon at Miller Athletic Complex. If weather is a factor, that series may change dates again.
WAWASEE JV 9, MANCHESTER 4
Wawasee’s JV baseball team moved to a 2-0 start with a win over visiting Manchester Thursday.
Charlie Doss went 2 for 2 with two RBI and a run scored, and Jacob Meek finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk to lead the JV Warriors at the plate.
Adam Beer pitched 2 1/3 hitless, scoreless innings, striking out five in the process.
Wawasee’s JV will travel to Central Noble on April 8.