Cats pounce on Hatchets early

From Herald Staff Reports

As the saying goes, make ’em pitch to you.

So the Jasper baseball team did. And before the Wildcats felt ready to connect bat with ball, Washington had given the Cats a few bumps but a nice boost.

Seven of Jasper’s first nine batters reached base by way of a walk or getting hit by a pitch during the Wildcats’ nine-run first inning Thursday at Ruxer Field, where Class 3A No. 3 Jasper pummeled the Hatchets 22-4 in five innings.

Seven Wildcats recorded doubles for the Cats (9-4, 3-0), as Ben Moore (three runs, two RBIs) and Scott Stallwood (two runs, two RBIs) laced two apiece. Jacob Seibert and Cody Jacob each notched a pair of singles and drove in two runs, while Cal Krueger collected a double and a single and Evan Aders (two runs) and Tyler Begle each slapped a pair of singles. Gavin Lorey and Spencer Otto each swatted a double as well for the Cats, who registered their highest scoring output since rocking Mount Carmel 24-0 last April.

Austin Alles (1-0) gave up one run through the first three innings to collect the win while also clubbing a double in the first inning and a single later while scoring twice for Jasper.

Lions 7, Raiders 1: After notching seven or more runs its previous four contests, Southridge was stifled by Loogootee at League Stadium in Huntingburg, where the Raiders (7-2) managed just four hits and saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Jeeps 15, Trojans 5, six innings: Jacob Gress notched a triple, scored twice and knocked in a run while teammates Bill Schepers and Reid Haas each scored twice and added a pair of RBIs for Northeast Dubois, which rolled past Wood Memorial at Oakland City.

Kristopher Weisheit (1-1) delivered four innings of work while also driving in a pair of runs for the Jeeps (4-4, 1-1 Blue Chip Conference), who tallied double-digit runs for the fourth time this season; they’ve won all four of those games. Brayden Wineinger went 2-for-4 with a double, scored once and drove in a run for Northeast Dubois.

Knights 12, Patriots 5: Castle exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and Heritage Hills (8-5) could only muster a pair of sixth-inning runs after plating three in the first at Newburgh. Tyler Tischendorf and Kenton Crews each logged a pair of hits for the Patriots.

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