By Jeff Jones
BUTLER — Churubusco pushed across two runs in the top of the sixth inning and made that hold up for a 4-3 Northeast Corner Conference victory over host Eastside at Butler Friday.
Levi McClure and Colton Anderson led off the inning with singles. After Blazer reliever Maguire Jacobs struck out the next batter for the first out, Dalton Blessing doubled to knock in one run, and Parker Curry reached on a fielder’s choice, bringing in another run, for a 4-3 lead.
McClure finished with three singles to lead Churubusco. Eastside got two singles from Joe White.
“Yesterday (in a loss to West Noble), I felt like we let up at times, but today, we fought every single play,” said Churubusco coach Jordan Turner. “We had the mindset that each play matters, and that’s what we’ve been preaching all season. I feel like we finally did what we’ve been asked.”
“It was a winnable game. They made a few more plays than we did,” said Eastside coach Aaron Willard. “We’ve lost three one-run games. It’s not always the last play; we had opportunities earlier. We just didn’t take advantage where somebody got a huge base hit for us to drive in runs.
“If we start do that, we’ll score a few more runs against some of these teams.”
After Churubusco scored in its half of the first, Eastside’s Riley Thompson lifted a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to drive in Wade Miller who reached on a single.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the third and the Blazers answered with two in the fourth.
Dylan Hertig, Carson Smith and Charlie Sexton drew consecutive walks. The Eagles got one out on a force play at the plate, but Wade Miller drew a bases-loaded walk and White’s sacrifice fly drove in another run.
Curry pitched five innings for the Eagles. Blake Trostel got the win in relief. Chase Franz pitched into the sixth inning for Eastside. Jacobs and Nic Shewman pitched in relief for the Blazers.