Sunday, April 2, 2017

BASEBALL: New Albany collects first win of season in twinbill

NEW ALBANY – New Albany’s home-opening split doubleheader Saturday at Mt. Tabor Field produced its first victory of the 2017 season.
After the Bulldogs lost to Fort Wayne Carroll in the first game 10-1, they bounced back with a 9-1 win over South Dearborn.
Ryan Robison had a big day at the plate for New Albany (1-3), going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.

Bulldog starting pitcher Logan Charbonneau threw a solid five innings to earn his first victory of the season. The right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
“He was effective. He pitched really well down in Tennessee on Tuesday and he continued that today,” New Albany head coach Chris McIntyre said. “The main thing was he got ahead in counts, and he didn’t walk anyone. That always gives you a chance when you’re not giving those free bases up.”
Charbonneau helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double. Robison went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. All three of Robison’s RBIs happened in the nightcap.
Also for New Albany, Cody Medley was 2-for-3 with a two-bagger and three RBIs and Steven Thom went 2-for-2.
“We were spotty. Some of the guys who I would’ve predicted earlier in the year would be swinging the bat a little bit better are struggling right now,” McIntyre said about his team’s offense. “We’re still a work in progress offensively. It’s going to take us awhile. We’ve just got so many young players. A lot of times it’s not their swings necessarily. They’re very defensive at the plate. They want to put the ball into play early in the count. But you might swing at a bad pitch or you might swing at a pitcher’s pitch instead of something you can drive. It’s just little things they’ve got to learn. It’ll just take some time.”
The Bulldogs blew the game wide open in the bottom of the third. New Albany scored four runs in the inning to go up 6-0. The key hits in the frame were a one-out RBI double by Robison and a two-run single from Medley.

The Bulldogs mustered only four hits against Charger starter Nolan Lebamoff and reliever Gaven Vogt. Lebamoff got his first win of 2017, yielding one earned run on three hits in five innings of work. The righty struck out six and walked two. Vogt pitched two scoreless frames, giving up one hit and fanning two.
Andrew Ricketts drove in New Albany’s lone run in the bottom of the fifth. With two out and a runner at third base, Ricketts smacked an opposite-field base hit to right field to plate Jonah Boone.
Robison wound up 2-for-3 with a double. Bulldog starter Chase Rudy was the losing pitcher. In four innings of work, the right-hander surrendered six runs (all earned) on nine hits. Rudy struck out seven and walked two.
Carroll catcher Hayden Jones ended up 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Langston Ginder, Jared Shirk and Grant Braun each had two hits for the Chargers (2-0).
The Bulldogs will travel to Charlestown on Tuesday with the first pitch at 6 p.m.

FW Carroll         240 011 2-10 14 0
New Albany        000 010 0-  1   4 1
W – Nolan Lebamoff (1-0). L – Chase Rudy (0-2). 2B – Hayden Jones (FWC), Jared Shirk (FWC), Grant Braun (FWC), Joe Henschel (FWC), Ryan Robison (NA), Jonah Boone (NA).
Records – New Albany 0-3, Fort Wayne Carroll 2-0.

S. Dearborn       000 010 0-1   5 3
New Albany       024 210 x-9 11 0
W – Logan Charbonneau (1-0). L – Brady Fentress (0-1). 2B – Chase Pfeffer (SD), Charbonneau (NA), Robison (NA), Cody Medley (NA). HR – Robison (NA).
Records – New Albany 1-3, South Dearborn 1-1.

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