Northwestern’s baseball team entered spring break with a 3-0 record, but turned in a disappointing performance out of the break in a 10-5 loss to Eastern Tuesday in Greentown where the Tigers committed four errors and walked six batters.
Coach Mike Brazel felt that his team’s minds were still on spring break in Panama City Beach, Fla. The Tigers let their coach know they were back in full force by the end of the week, topping Oak Hill 4-2 Thursday before trouncing Twin Lakes Friday 14-1 in five innings to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The Tigers erupted for 13 runs in the second inning on 10 hits to bury the Indians at home.
Loren Gonzalez (one RBI), Cullen Graber (one RBI) and Tanner Martin (two RBIs) each went 2 for 2 at the plate, while Craten Brown went 2 for 2 with a triple and four RBIs. Conner Milligan added an exclamation point with a grand slam.
Trevor Richmond picked up the win on the bump, allowing one run in four innings of work on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He struck out four.
“Trevor did an outstanding job on the mound. He came out, threw strikes and got ahead of batters,” Brazel said. “Defensively, we were very fundamentally sound with only one error. We jumped on them early, and this was the first time we’ve actually had quite a few hits and people on base. We knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time. We’ve been pressing and the kids have been anxious, but [Friday] night the kids came in calm and had good at bats.”
Manchester 2, Eastern 1
A solo home run from Kile Nolder gave the Comets (3-3) a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning.
With two outs and the bases empty in the seventh, a pair of errors enabled the Squires to push across the tying and winning runs after being held scoreless until down to their final bullet.