NEW ALBANY —
The New Albany baseball team improved to 4-0 with wins over South Dearborn and defending Class 4A state champion Fort Wayne Carroll on Saturday at the New Albany Little League Park.
The ultra-efficient Bulldogs downed Carroll, 9-4, in the first game of the double-header before chasing off South Dearborn, 11-1. New Albany needed just 17 hits to rack up 20 runs between the two contests.
“We put a lot of runs up on the board,” New Albany coach Chris McIntyre said. “I thought we played pretty good, defensively. The pitcher struggled a little bit with control the second game, but we can’t be too displeased with the way we played overall.”
NEW ALBANY 11, SOUTH DEARBORN 1
New Albany put South Dearborn behind early with a three-run first, scored five more in the third and put the game away with three more in the fifth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Garrett Sherrill got the win with three innings of work. Although his velocity was there, Sherrill was sometimes erratic and had to pitch out of jams. Sherrell’s only run surrendered came in the second inning, when Dearborn’s A.J. Hummel was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Trent Lurhson took a 2-2 pitch up the middle for a single to score the visitors’ only run.
After that, Sherrell struck out the next two batters, but then put K.J. Probst on base on four straight balls. Sherrell walked the bases loaded before striking out Bryce Curry to put an end to the threat.
“I think he just lacks a bit of confidence,” McIntyre said. “He has good stuff, but it’s just getting a little more consistent. He goes some stretches where he’s as good a pitcher as we have. And then he just loses it for an inning or two, and then he gets it back again. So we’ve just got to get him a little more consistent and with more innings, that will come.”