NEW PARIS — National Trail’s baseball team picked up its first win of the season over Mississinawa Valley on Wednesday, March 30, going 15-2 in five innings.
The Blazers got key contributions from several players as they collected 10 hits for the game.
Michael Bane and Trey Mann had two hits each, while Dom Huffman, Chip Parker, Hunter Lee, Billy Lanman, Logan Pettit and Jacob Hurd added one hit each.
Bane, Parker and Hurd each drove in a pair of runs.
Pettit made his first start of the season on the mound, tossing a complete game while striking out four.
On Saturday, Trail suffered a 16-1 setback to Lemon-Monroe. The second game of the double-header was canceled due to inclement weather.
Trail opened the season with a 5-5 tie against Franklin-Monroe on Tuesday, March 29.
Franklin-Monroe and National Trail couldn’t decide their Cross County Conference baseball game after the usual seven innings.
They played through 10 innings Tuesday evening, and neither side could break through to score the winning run. Mother Nature took control after the 10th, and the game was called because of darkness, leaving a 5-5 tie for the record book.
In the top of the first, National Trail hit the Jets with a two spot against starting pitcher Cade McGlinch. The Blazers used a single, three walks, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly to do the damage. McGlinch was able to strand two runners on base as he closed out the inning.
The game was in the hand of relievers from the fifth inning on. Both Billy Lanman of National Trail and Jeremy Bridenbaugh of the Jets gave their teams an opportunity to win. Lanman allowed no runs in his 6 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts while Bridenbaugh surrendered just two runs over six innings.
The Blazers managed to tie the game at 5 in the seventh inning. They combined a walk, double and a single to produce their runs. Bridenbaugh stranded the go-ahead run on the base paths to end the inning.
The Blazers are scheduled to play five games this week. They were scheduled to travel to Newton on Tuesday, April 5, before hosting Tri-Village on Thursday and Versailles on Friday. Trail will close out the week with a doubleheader at Middletown Madison on Saturday. Game one is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.