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March 12, 2014

NEW WAVERLY BASEBALL — Bulldogs romp

New Waverly logs 11 hits in 15-5 run-rule victory against Franklin

NEW WAVERLY — The Bulldogs showed some ability all throughout the batting order in Tuesday night’s 15-5 victory against Franklin.

In the district home opener, New Waverly wanted to make it clear that nothing would come easy on the Bulldogs’ home field.

They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings. When the Lions rallied, New Waverly kept coming.

The Bulldogs finished the night with 11 hits. Despite a few defensive woes in the fifth inning, Marshall Goodwin led the team from the mound, going the distance with just one earned run.

“Going into the game, we were all pretty focused,” Goodwin said. “We all came together as a team and came out strong. Everybody was in a really good zone. We came out hitting. It was just solid.

“That’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve been able to witness in my four years playing high school baseball. Having a team as strong as we do is pretty fun to watch because we have a pretty strong lineup all the way through.”

Of course, everything starts with New Waverly’s leadoff hitter Chaz Jackson. He made good on three of his five plate appearances for a double and three RBIs.

First baseman Colton Herzog went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles and a run batted in.

Designated hitter Aaron Martin went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly. Junior catcher Cade Tremie was only 1-for-1, but walked four times.

“I’ve never been part of a team that hits the ball as well as we do,” Tremie said. “It’s incredible. We’ve been working real hard on hitting. We’ve been working real hard on fielding. Unfortunately we had a few errors tonight, but even then we recovered and kept the runs down to a minimum. At the plate, we’re just putting up runs.”

New Waverly (2-0 District 24-2A, 10-3 overall) took a 5-0 lead in the third inning after scoring two runs in the first and three in the second.

Martin stepped to the plate with bases loaded and popped up a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Jackson. Marshall drilled a base hit to center to bring in the Dogs’ fourth and fifth runs.

Franklin put up a couple of runs in the third inning and a host of errors allowed the Lions to crawl back into the game in the fifth. With runners in scoring position, the Lions converted on an RBI infield hit before a throwing error to second base allowed another runner to score.

New Waverly still led 9-5 at that point and the Dogs showed no signs of letting up. The Bulldogs scored another run in the fifth on Martin’s RBI single up the middle.

In the sixth, Jackson hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded, while another scored on a failed throw at home plate. Herzog doubled to bring in Jackson and another hit from Martin brought in a15th and decisive run for New Waverly.

“If everybody can play their role, one through nine, it’s going to fall together,” New Waverly coach Chase Ledyard said. “The kids are buying into it. I tell them, you’ll make some errors and that can happen to a team. In district, teams are hungry. You give them a little bit of air, they’re going to come up and take advantage of you.

“I just told them that we’ve got seven innings of baseball and if you get down about one, you’re going to be terrible in the rest of them. How you bounce back is how you’re going to end up playing.”

Goodwin said the team has adopted a philosophy of jumping on teams early and keeping them down.

“Don’t give them air and just keep letting them struggle,” Goodwin said. “Just keep crushing their spirits and that’s what we did.”

New Waverly is back in action Friday on the road against Centerville before returning home next Tuesday to host Hempstead at 7 p.m.

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