By Aaron Kirchoff Rushville Republican
---- — New Castle visited Rushville and left town with a 14-2 victory over the Lions on the diamond.
Noah Nigh started for the Lions and suffered the loss. Caleb Wiles (one earned run in 3 2/3 innings) and Keith Tressler pitched in relief.
Tressler hit his first home run (two RBIs) as a varsity player to cut the New Castle lead to 8-2.
A 5-run sixth inning by the Trojans closed the door on the victory.
Brad Busald had two hits, including a triple, for the Lions. Tressler, Frank Sammons, Nick Sprinkle and Nick Hornaday all had hits for the Lions.
The junior varsity Lions also fell to the Trojans. Taylor Colvin led the Lion offense with two hits and an RBI. Austin Schindler, Andrew Rice and Elijah Miller also had hits.
The Lions hosted Connersville in an EIAC doubleheader. The Spartans used a 5-run fifth inning to break open the first contest and held off the Lions 6-4 in the second game to post the sweep.
Busald suffered the loss in the first game. Tressler and Wiles had hits for the Lions in the game.
Mitchell Wagoner pitched well in the second game, but Connersville pitching was able to get out of a couple jams to hold off the Lions 6-4.
Wagoner went the distance on the hill and helped his own cause with two hits, two stolen bases and a run scored. Sprinkle, Wiles, Sammons and Spenser Wilson all added hits.
The Lions travel to Centerville today, Greensburg Wednesday and host Richmond Thursday.
The junior varsity Lions dropped the doubleheader with Connersville, 4-2 and 14-13.
Spencer Fry pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Lions in the first game allowing two runs with six strike outs. Spenser Wilson had two hits to pace the offense with Elijah Miller, Will Hogsett, Fry and Trey Newton-Gossett adding hits.
The Lions pounded out 12 hits in the second game. Rushville fought back from a 6-run deficit, but the Spartans were able to post the victory in the bottom of the seventh.
Wilson finished with four hits and three RBIs. Clayton Griffith and Austin Schindler both had two hits and three RBIs. Newton-Gossett had a pair of hits. Andrew Rice added one hit, three walks and three stolen bases. Hogsett also had a hit and RBI.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114