Western's baseball squad stormed to a 21-0 victory over Eastern in Friday night's opening game of the Howard County Tourney at Northwestern, booking the first spot in today's championship game.
Taylor then topped the host Tigers 11-10 in Friday's nightcap, an eventful game that took approximately three and a half hours.
"A game like [Friday] is a great example for our guys. They’re so young, they’re not used to that kind of grind," Taylor coach Kris Dill said in his post-game comments to WIOU.
Taylor held an 11-5 lead before Northwestern battled back down the stretch and had a chance to tie or go ahead. Northwestern scored a run in the seventh and had runners on base when the Titans shut the door.
“It was rough to say the least but we had some great things that we did [Friday],” Dill said. “We hit the ball finally. We had freshmen step up all over the place.
"Mike Pemberton made a couple great catches in right field, Trower [Davis] at the plate was excellent," Dill said, noting two freshmen. "Beyond that we only had one senior on the field."
That senior was Clay Brubaker, who had a 5-for-5 game at the plate.
Eastern and Northwestern will meet in today's consolation game at 11 a.m. ahead of the Titans-Panthers matchup at approximately 1:30 p.m.
"We’re going to grow [Saturday], we grew [Friday]," Dill said. "[Saturday] will be a true test of what they’re made of when things aren’t going their way. It’ll be a good test for us. Hopefully we can give them a game."
PERU 16, ARGOS 3, 5 INN.
The Bengal Tigers improved to 2-0 on the early season behind 11 hits.
Daunte Majors had a triple, single, and pair of stolen bases. Leif Astrup had two hits and 2 RBIs. Kade Townsend had two hits, and Christopher Dicken had two hits. Michael Chandler and Noah Cohee each had doubles.
NW 10, EASTERN 1
Kendal Rooze hit her second home run in as many nights as the Tigers improved to 4-0.
CASS 18, CARROLL 3, 5 INN.
The Kings (1-2) earned their first win of the season in the lopsided victory.
Savannah Sturdivant cracked a pair of hits and finished with 2 RBI, while Kaylie Williams added a double. Kaylin Silcox, Jacey Grimm and Megan Dishon all had 2-RBI days at the plate, and Rylee Holt and Paxtyn Hicks added RBI singles.
Hicks earned the win in the circle.