> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Brandon Johnson pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout as New Albany defeated Class 3A No. 1 Jasper 1-0 on Saturday.
Johnson allowed seven baserunners but no Wildcats were able to cross the plate. Johnson also had 10 strikeouts as New Albany improved to 9-1 on the season. Johnson is now 4-0 on the season.
“Brandon was really locked in today on the mound,” New Albany coach Chris McIntyre said. “Very proud of his effort. We made some nice plays defensively behind him."
Johnson got the only run of support he needed in the third. Noah Smith led off the frame with a single off Jasper (7-3) starter Cal Krueger. After he went to second on a balk, Jarius McClure bunted him over to third. He scored the game’s only run on a Tucker Marcum ground ball.
Smith’s single was the Bulldogs’ only hit of the afternoon.
"It was a good, well played baseball game,” McIntyre said. “We were fortunate to scratch out an early run against them. Their guy on the mound was really good. We hit some balls hard but could never get anything going.”
New Albany hosts Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.) today.
NEW ALBANY 1, JASPER 0
New Albany 001 000 0—1 1 0
Jasper 000 000 0—0 5 1
W — Brandon Johnson (1-0). L — Cal Krueger. 2B — Tyler Begle (J).
Records — New Albany 9-1, Jasper 7-3.
Charlestown 000 000 0—0 2 1
Borden 400 000 x—4 2 4
W — Garrett Vick. L — Darren Taylor (0-1).
Charlestown highlights: Taylor struck out eight Braves. None of the runs against him were earned. Jason Houchens had a pair of stolen bases.
Borden highlights: Vick went 6 1/3 in the shutout performance. He struck out five, walked five and gave up just two hits. Caleb Hart had a sacrifice fly and Cody Craddock an RBI single in the Braves’ four-run first inning. Craddock and Jonathan Knight had a stolen base apiece.
Charlestown 320 100 4—10 12 2
Borden 001 300 0— 4 5 7
W — Colin Martin (1-1). L — Caleb Hart (0-1). 2B — Martin (C). 3B — Drew Reich (C).