By Justin Hunter
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco baseball was defeated by Whitko 17-6 last week.
Churubusco never led at any part of the game, as Whitko went up 4-0 after the first inning. Wildcat senior Zach Hewitt drove in three runs with a homerun over the right field fence. Hewitt went 2-for-3 at bat, scored two runs and had five RBIs.
Junior Zach Morris also recorded an RBI off his single hit in the first inning. Morris went for 2-for-3, scored a run and recorded three RBIs.
The Wildcats received another run in the second inning when sophomore Spencer Sroufe was batted in by senior Drew Bradford.
The Eagles got on the board in the second inning. First when junior Dalton Blessing scored off a throwing error. Then, junior Isaac Smith also scored off a throwing error to make the score 5-2.
Churubusco allowed the most runs in the third inning, when the Wildcats scored six runs. Senior Bailey Platt got it started when he reached home on a throwing error. Sroufe followed when he was batted in by a double RBI by senior Landen Goff. Goff scored off a single from senior Alex Bechtold, before Bechtold was batted in by a double from Hewitt. Hewitt finished the scoring for the inning when he reached home due to a throwing error.
Churubsuco could not come back from the deficit, losing 17-6. The Eagles may not have been pleased with the result of being mercy-ruled after the sixth inning, but Churubusco head coach Jason Pierce was content with the progress his young players made.
“I’m not disappointed,” said Pierce. “I know the scoreboard doesn’t look too good in our favor, but I’m upbeat. We just weren’t swinging the bats. We were much more aggressive at the plate. Bottom line, we grew up a bit overnight. We made big strides in my opinion.”
Both teams finished with 11 hits. Churubusco recorded five errors compared to three for the Wildcats. Junior Dean Stanley led the Eagles, going 2-4 at the plate with an RBI. Starting senior pitcher Colin Mullins threw two strikeouts for the Eagles.