AVON — Behind some timely offense and a solid pitching performance by Alex Nelson, the Ben Davis baseball team defeated Perry Meridian in its sectional 11 opener Thursday night.
“I thought that our guys had great energy,” Ben Davis coach Aaron Kroll said. “We made a few errors, but we clamped down in big spots and made up for those errors. (Perry Meridian’s Jordan) Tackett is one heck of a pitcher.
“It was the type of game that we needed. We knew that it was going to be a low scoring game. I thought that we stepped up and made some big plays in big spots. We were able to scratch just enough to get by.”
The Giants jumped on top early, as they scored two in the top of the first. Cedric Vaughn walked and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Cody Turpen. Arin Welsh came home on a wild pitch.
“We got off to a good start, which is huge,” Kroll said. “Putting up two (runs), we knew that runs were going to be really hard to come by against (Tackett). He’s probably one of the best pitchers that we have seen all year and one of the best in the state, so it is big to push across a couple.”
In the bottom of the frame, Ben Davis pitcher Alex Nelson got into some quick trouble with a hit and an error. After a strikeout, the bases were loaded on another error. However, two flyouts later, the Giants were out of the jam.
Ben Davis was not as fortunate in the bottom of the second. Garrett Beldon led off with a single and later came around to cross the plate on a single by Mitchell Garrity.
The Falcons struck again in the third, on a RBI double by Max Heyob.