ST. LEON — The bus carrying Columbus North’s baseball team to East Central broke down in Batesville, but that didn’t stop the Bull Dogs from playing and winning Monday night.
Fortunately for North, coaches were able to contact many of the parents who were on their way to the game but behind the bus. So 29 players, five coaches and a manager and throngs of equipment loaded into more than 10 cars, and the Bull Dogs made it to the game.
After only about a half-hour late start, North rolled to its third win in as many games, an 11-1, six-inning triumph behind a two-hitter from Jake Petrusky.
“I would challenge any other high school baseball team in the state of Indiana to have a greater group of parents,” North coach Ben McDaniel said. “They support us very well. I’m more than thankful for the group of parents that we have.”
The Bull Dogs broke a scoreless tie with eight runs in the fourth inning. Brice McDaniel led off with a home run, Wade Rankin smacked a two-run triple and Cooper Trinkle clubbed a two-run homer.
Brice McDaniel finished 2 for 4. Canaan Baum went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, and Tyler Finke went 2 for 4 with a double.
“We were a little bit out of kilter getting there,” Ben McDaniel said. “We had to rush and get ready to go. We tried to introduce our guys to as much adversity as possible to get us ready for the postseason. Once we settled down, we had some great plate approaches and responded very well.”
Jets notch first win
MILAN — Milan outhit Hauser 5-4, but the Jets scored nine times in the first three innings and rolled to their first win of the season, an 11-1, five-inning decision.
Will Rose threw a five-hitter and struck out six for Hauser (1-2). Cameron Hartog had four RBIs.
Lancers rout Twisters
OLDENBURG — Edinburgh pounded out 16 hits in picking up its first win of the season, a 13-3, five-inning romp at Oldenburg Academy.
Zach Murphy was 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Lancers (1-1). Parker Bryant went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Kinser Bryant went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Jentry Lange went 2 for 3 with a double, Noah Martin went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, and Coltan Henderson went 2 for 4.
Kyle Armel threw a six-hitter in picking up the win.
TRACK AND FIELD
Jets sweep tri meet
SEYMOUR — Hauser opened its season by sweeping a tri meet at Trinity Lutheran. The Jet boys scored 752/3 points to 571/3 for Trinity and 16 for Crothersville, while the Hauser girls scored 56½ to 50½ for Crothersville and 34 for Trinity.
Pete Trotter led the boys with wins in the shot put (37 feet, 9¾ inches) and discus (126-2). Connor Wilson won the 200 meters (25.9 seconds) and finished in a three-way tie for first that included Aaron Sweet (5-2) in the high jump. Matt Sweet won the 400 (1:00.5), Clayton Wilson took the 300 hurdles (57.3), Hunter Albright captured the 800 (2:30.0) and the Jets won the 4×100 relay (48.8).
For the girls, Grace Hasler won the 100 hurdles (17.7) and 300 hurdles (58.0). Erin Newcomb took the high jump (4-8), Brea Metz captured the shot put (33-7), Haylee Embry won the 100 (14.6) and Hauser took the 4×100 relay (56.2).
Cardinals edge Eagles
BLOOMINGTON — Brown County won two matches in straight sets, but Bloomfield won the other three to hand the Eagles a 3-2 season-opening loss.
Ashley Pugh beat March Gilland 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, and Sarah Barrick and Jacey Ferguson downed Malea Tamm and Rachel Hasler 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles.
Hailee Miller fell to Emily Bucher 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Elisabeth Huls lost to Mariah Lange 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Kiara Unsworth and Baelyn Koester fell to Sierra Kirtlay and Kendra Gadberry 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.