A rather dramatic drop in the temperature from the unseasonably warm weather we have been having so far this spring did little to cool off the bats of the South Bend St. Joseph’s High School baseball team.
The Indians pounded out 16 base hits in a 16-4 win over the Fairfield Falcons Saturday morning at Fairfield.
The game was a quick turnaround for the Falcons who suffered a 4-3 home loss to Mishawaka Marian Friday evening.
“This is two very good teams in a row,” Fairfield coach Brodie Garber said. “Like I said last night we put teams like Marian and St. Joe on our schedule for a reason.
“St. Joe was very aggressive at the plate and their hitters attacked the fast ball.”
The Indians batted around and scored six runs in the top of the first inning. Key hits were an RBI triple by junior Michael Madden, an RBI double by junior Patrick Korman and a run-scoring single by senior Sidney Leda.
The Falcons responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Lead-off hitter junior Jordan Hochstetler slapped the first pitch he saw back up the middle for a single. Junior Garrett Scott then drew a base on balls. Hochstetler moved to third on a pop fly caught by the St. Joe first baseman in foul territory and scored on a wild pitch. Scott scored on a single by senior Zach Newcomer.
Sophomore pitcher Austin Christner entered the game in the second inning. He pitched three innings before being relieved by classmate Ben Hunley who finished out the six-inning contest.
“Christner entered a tough spot,” Garber said. “He was expecting to pitch in relief today, but not in the second inning. Christner and Hunley both competed well for being sophomores.”
Fairfield added two more runs in the third. Brad Newcomer walked and scored on a single by Zach Newcomer. Zach Newcomer later scored on a double by senior Riley Miller.
The Indians then scored four runs in the fourth and added five in the sixth.
“I told the guys that baseball is a humbling sport and we experienced some of that today,” Garber said. “If baseball was an easy sport there would be a lot more people playing it.
“We had some very good at bats today and hit the ball hard.”
Fairfield (1-3) hosts LaVille Tuesday at 5 p.m.