Boys Varsity Baseball
NORTH VERNON, Ind. – Senior Jakob Meyer struck out 12 batters and sophomore Austin Bode hit a two-run home run on Thursday (April 18), keying the Columbus North baseball team to a 7-1 victory at Jennings County.
Junior Grant Trinkle added a triple for the Bull Dogs, who improved to 11-3 for the season. Junior Homare Takauchi went 2-for-3, while Meyer was strong on the mound in allowing just two hits and one run.
“Jakob was fantastic,” CN coach Ben McDaniel told The Republic. “His velocity was up, which we were happy to see, but his curveball was lights out. When he has that curveball working, he’s hard to hit.”
Trinkle opened the game with a triple and scored on an error on a ball hit by Takauchi. Bode followed with a home run to right field that gave the visitors a 3-0 lead. The Panthers cut their deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning on a Jacob Kirby sacrifice fly, but CN got that run back in the fourth when sophomore Blake Huffman singled and ultimately scored on a squeeze bunt by sophomore Reese Harmon.
The Bull Dogs ended all doubt in the seventh inning with three runs. Harmon and Kyler McIntosh each walked, moved to second and third on a Trinkle sacrifice. Takauchi then was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A Bode sacrifice fly brought home Harmon. Subsequent singles by junior Casper Clark and junior Adam Chapman brought in McIntosh and Takauchi, respectively.
The coach was pleased with his team scoring early.
“We’re heavy on the road this year, so we’ve talked about scoring first and taking advantage of that and trying to take the momentum from the get-go,” McDaniel told the newspaper. “
The Columbus North varsity returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 20) when it visits Roncalli. The Bull Dogs’ JV hosts Roncalli and Avon in the Columbus North Classic at Southside Elementary School. The JV faces Roncalli at 11 a.m. and Avon at 4 p.m.
AT JENNINGS COUNTY
Columbus North …….. 300 100 3 – 7 8 0
Jennings County …….. 100 000 0 – 1 2 1
WP: Jakob Meyer. LP: Carson McNulty.
3B: Grant Trinkle.
HR: Austin Bode.