The Cougars struck first in the bottom of the first inning with two runs off Eagle starter Braxton Siddons. The Eagles remained scoreless through three innings. Central Noble added three more in the third forcing Churubusco Coach Mark Grove to change pitchers. Dylan Herendeen (4 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 K) came on in relief of Siddons who went two innings giving up five runs (4 ER) six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Churubusco forced a run across the plate in the fourth inning with a single by Ryan Farlow, who was then sacrificed to second by Michael Howk and Farlow scored on a single by Herendeen. The scoreboard read 5-1 after four innings of baseball.
The Eagles struggled at the plate against Central Noble sophomore Nick McCoy (7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 K) who went the distance for the Cougars. Central Noble added two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to make the score 8-1 Cougars. A short-lived Churubusco rally helped by two Cougar errors opened the seventh inning. Central Noble regained their composure and turned a double play and got the final out on a foul pop-up by Jordan Turner.
“You’ve got to give Central Noble credit, they outplayed us on the field tonight,” stated Coach Grove. “They came out and hit the ball well with thirteen hits and McCoy did a great job for them on the mound.” The Eagles finished their season with a 13-12 record.