CHURUBUSCO — Whitko baseball defeated Churubusco 17-6 last week. The chilly environment served as the Wildcats (1-0) opener.
Whitko got the bats swinging right away, as they went up 4-0 after the first inning. Senior Zach Hewitt drove in three runs with a homerun over the right field fence. Hewitt went 2 of 3 at bat, scored two runs and had five RBIs.
“It’s always difficult scoring the first run of the season,” Whitko head coach Erik Hisner said. “When he hit the homer, the team felt better and got all the first game jitters out.”
Junior Zach Morris also recorded an RBI off his single hit in the first inning. Morris went for 2 of 3, scored a run and recorded three RBIs.
The Wildcats received another run in the second inning when sophomore Spencer Sroufe was hit in by senior Drew Bradford.
The Eagles (0-2) got on the board in the second inning. First with junior Dalton Blessing scoring off a throwing error. Junior Isaac Smith also scored due to a throwing error to make the score 5-2.
Whitko’s biggest inning came in the third inning, when they scored six runs. Senior Bailey Platt got it started when he scored on a throwing error. Sroufe followed when he was hit in by a double RBI by senior Landen Goff. Goff scored off a single from senior Alex Bechtold, before Bechtold was hit in by a double from Hewitt. Hewitt finished the scoring for the inning when he scored home due to a throwing error.
The Wildcats had done too much for Churubusco to come back by the middle of the third inning. The Eagles may not have been pleased with the result of being mercy ruled after the sixth inning, but Churubusco head coach Jason Pierce was content with the progress his young players made.
“I’m not disappointed,” said Pierce. “I know the scoreboard doesn’t look too good in our favor, but I’m upbeat last night we were not swinging the bats. We were much more aggressive at the plate. Bottom line in we grew up a bit overnight. We made big strides today in my opinion.”
Hisner was pleased with his team’s performance. According to Hisner, he may have not seen a better game from the Wildcats during his tenure at Whitko.
“I’ve been doing this for 11 years now, and that’s the best we’ve ever swung the bat,” said Hisner. “So, I’m really pleased with how we played tonight.”
Whitko’s starting pitcher Bradford recorded four strikeouts. Closer Alex Robbins also threw four strikeouts.