BA: Dragon rally falls short
May 8, 2014By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
A rally from six runs down fell short with the tying run on base, as the New Palestine Dragons dropped a 10-8 baseball decision to Cathedral Wednesday afternoon.
New Palestine clawed back from deficits of 4-0, 8-2 and 10-4 -- the last was the margin going into the bottom of the sixth.
The Dragons scored twice in the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-4, keyed by Steven Clark's triple. They gave up two runs in the top of the sixth, then scratched across another run without the benefit of a hit, thanks to a walk, hit batsman and Cameron Clark's sacrifice fly, plating Zach Biddle.
In the seventh, the Dragons took advantage of two walks, an RBI single by Evan Vance and a 2-run single by Jason Hall-Manley to cut the deficit to 10-8. Nick Butcher singled to move Hall-Manley to third, bringing the tying run to the plate, but a strikeout ended the rally and the game.
Watson homered in the second inning to get the Dragons on the board. Logan Gilvin followed with a hit and scored.
The Dragons had nine hits, led by Watson, who was 2-3 with two runs and two RBI, in addition to his homer. Vance, Steven Clark and Cameron Clark each had a hit, a run and an RBI.
The Dragons (11-7) travel to Batesville Thursday to begin a three-game road swing that continues Friday at Martinsville and Monday at Fishers.