Washington Evening Journal
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NEW LONDON — It was raining runs on Mediapolis on Wednesday night. Those runs came courtesy of New London High School, as the Tiger baseball and softball teams combined for 27 runs in their season openers.
The Tiger baseball team needed just four innings to vanquish the Bulldogs 15-0. The softball team won 12-2 in five.
New London’s baseball team scored the bulk of its runs in the first inning. The Tigers dropped 11 in the opening frame to take a commanding lead early.
New London added two runs in the third to stretch the lead to 13-0. A two-run fourth helped the Tigers end the game early via the 15-run rule.
Mediapolis couldn’t find a way to get junior catcher Tucker Gibbar out. Gibbar went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and four runs scored. Camden Kasel went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.
Carter Allen went 2-for-2 with two RBIs at the plate. Brendan Richey went 1-for-3 for two RBIs. Kooper Schulte, Hecniel Rodriguez, Drew Benz and Bowen Glaha all knocked in a run.
Josh Catala picked up the win on the mound, striking out five batters over three no-hit innings. Gibbar gave up just one hit in one inning of work.
In the softball game, Mediapolis held a 1-0 lead after the top of the first, but New London went on to score 12 of the next 13 runs. The Tigers scored four in the first, one in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.
Ashlyn McSorley had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with five RBIs. Elly Manning was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Claire Jones knocked in one run.
Manning had a strong start in the circle. She threw all five innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits, while striking out four batters.