Boys Varsity Baseball
WESTFIELD, Ind. – Junior Casper Clark threw a four-hit shutout and singled home a run on Saturday (April 13), keying the Columbus North baseball team to a 2-0 victory over Edwardsville, Ill., in the final round of the Prep Baseball Report Midwest Select Invitational.
Junior Grant Trinkle tripled and scored the second run for the Bull Dogs, who went 3-0 with two shutouts in the event at Grand Park and improved to 9-2 for the season. Sophomores Reese Harmon and Kyler McIntosh each had a double, while junior Homare Takauchi and sophomore Austin Bode each had a single for the winners.
Columbus North scored all it needed in the first inning. Takauchi provided a one-out single, moved second on the throw and came home when Clark lined a single to center field.
The Bull Dogs extended their advantage in the third inning when Trinkle stroked a three-base hit to center field and he crossed the plate on a Bode groundout.
CN threatened to score again in the sixth and seventh, but Edwardsville (11-3) avoided further damage in those innings. Still, the Tigers were unable to score against Clark, who struck out seven and walked just two in picking up the victory.
Blake Burris provided a two-out triple in the fifth, but Clark induced Drake Westcott to fly out to keep the shut out.
Earlier Saturday, senior Parker Maddox allowed just two hits and Bode went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs to lead Columbus North to an 11-0 victory over Portage Northern, Mich., in the event’s second round.
Maddox struck out four in pitching a five-inning shutout for the Bull Dogs. Takauchi and Clark each added two hits and two RBIs. Trinkle also provided two hits, while McIntosh had one hit.
Tyler Helgeson and Parker Brey had the only hits for the Huskies.
Trinkle opened the bottom of the first with a walk and Takauchi followed with a single. Bode singled to drive in Trinkle and Takauchi stole home for a 2-0 lead.
The Bull Dogs added four runs in the third inning. McIntosh and Trinkle singled and both advanced a base on an errant throw. Takauchi drove home both with a single to right field. Bode singled with Takauchia advancing to third. Clark singled in a run with Bode moving to third. Bode then stole home for a 6-0 advantage.
CN made it a 10-run rule game with five runs in the fourth. McIntosh walked, Trinkle singled and Takauchi was hit by a pitch to load the based. Bode followed with a two-run single and Clark singled in another run. Senior Devon Rodgers was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. Senior Konner Stahl reached on an error to bring home the 10th run and sophomore Reese Harmon followed with a sacrifice fly to score Clark with the final run.
Columbus North returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 16) when it hosts Franklin Central at Southside Elementary School.
AT GRAND PARK
Prep Baseball Report Midwest Select Invitational: Round 2
Portage Northern, Mich. .…..….. 000 00 – 0 2 2
Columbus North …………………….. 204 5x – 11 10 2
WP: Parker Maddox. LP: Tyler Helgeson.
Prep Baseball Report Midwest Select Invitational: Round 3
Columbus North …………………….. 101 000 0 – 2 6 0
Edwardsville, Ill. …………….…..….. 000 000 0 – 0 4 1
WP: Casper Clark. LP: Dawson Taylor.
2B: Reese Harmon (CN), Kyler McIntosh (CN).
3B: Grant Trinkle (CN), Blake Burris (E).