After dropping its season opener at home in extra innings against the Pilot Grove Tigers back on March 19th, the New Franklin baseball team took out its frustrations almost two weeks to the day on the Jamestown Eagles last night with a 7-2 victory.
While the win improved New Franklin’s record to 1-1 overall, head coach Erich Gerding said his team got off to a good start again, which was great, but he would still like to see a more consistent emotional effort.
“The bottom half of our order struggled tonight,” Gerding said. “If we can get both halves going at the same time, we will be alright.”
The Bulldogs definitely got it going last night while leading Jamestown 3-0 after one, 4-0 after two and 5-0 after three. Meanwhile, after the Eagles plated one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings of play, New Franklin came back and tacked on two more runs in the sixth for the victory.
Senior Tyler White picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin by giving up two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out six. Evan Storjohann then came in and pitched one inning in relief and allowed one hit and two walks while striking out one. Then, to finish the game, Alex Holem pitched one inning and surrendered one hit.
Holem also went 2-for-2 in the game for New Franklin with a single, home run and two RBIs. Tyler White was 2-for-4 with a single, triple and one RBI while Zach Evans added one triple and one RBI, Tanner White with a double and one RBI and Jacob Woodbury with one single and one RBI.
New Franklin also won the JV game against Jamestown 3-2.
T.J. Schapira picked up the win in relief for the Bulldogs by giving up two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three. Evans started the game for New Franklin and pitched three innings and struck out five batters.
Schapira also had a single, double and one RBI in the game for the Bulldogs while Adam Harris added a double and one RBI, Matt Anderton with one double and Dallas Pumel and Zach Evans each with one single.
New Franklin plated two runs in the bottom-half of the first only to have Jamestown rally back with two in the fifth. The Bulldogs then scored the winning run in the bottom-half of the fifth.