BA: Dragons win regiona title
June 7, 2014By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Evan Vance threw a four-hit shutout, leading New Palestine to a 4-0 regional championship victory over Edgewood Saturday evening in Crawfordsville.
The victory marked the Dragons' sixth regional championship in school history, and third since 2010. The Dragons will face Gibson Southern next Saturday in the semistate, either at Jasper or Plainfield.
Vance didn't allow a baserunner past second base in the game, scattering four hits. NP's defense erased three runners on the basepaths with two doubleplays and a pickoff.
Meanwhile, the Dragon offense was opportunistic, taking advantage of three walks and a pair of hits to take a 1-0 lead in the second. Keegan Watson led the inning off with a base hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Evan Hickman. NP had a chance to add on, but left the bases loaded.
In the sixth, NP made it 4-0. Connor Swain led off with a single and Steven Clark reached on an error. Both scored when Watson doubled off the leftfield wall. NP later had runners on second and third and made it 4-0 when Watson's pinch runner, Zach Biddle, beat the throw home on a grounder to a drawn-in second baseman.
Vance (6-3) then nailed the door in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to end the game.
The Dragons are now 23-9. Edgewood finishes 23-7.
New Palestine beat Lebanon 6-4 Saturday afternoon and will play Edgewood for the regional title.
The Dragons never trailed, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, and then breaking a 3-all tie in the fifth with a three-run inning.
NP took a lead in the first, when Cameron Clark doubled and scored on Steven Clark's two-out single. Two more runs came in during the second, as Logan Gilvin reached on an error and Jason Hall-Manley doubled, putting runners on second and third. Evan Hickman drove one in with an RBI groundout and Tyler Woodcock made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly .
Lebanon came back with a run in the second and tied it in the fourth with a two-run homer by Bryce Shearer, but NP broke the tie quickly.
Butcher drew a one-out walk in the fifth. Two batters later, Connor Swain broke the tie with a 2-out double to the leftfield fence. Steven Clark and Keegan Watson walked to load the bases, and Gilvin's two-out single drove in two to make it 6-3.
Lebanon added a run in the seventh, but Andy Edwards came on in relief to nail the game down and end it with a 6-4 Dragon victory.
Cameron Clark (4-1) got the win, throwing 6+ innings, allowing three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out five.