By KEVIN HARRIS
RAMSEY – Thanks to a five-run fifth inning, New Albany won its fifth game in a row Tuesday at North Harrison 9-4.
The five scores in the top of the fifth put the Bulldogs (9-6) up 7-2. The Cougars (4-10) cut their deficit to 7-4 in the bottom half with a pair of runs. But New Albany got its lead back to five runs with two scores in the top of the seventh.
Bulldog left-hander Ryan Robison got the victory in a starting role, improving his record to 3-2. Robison pitched four innings, yielding two runs (one earned) on one hit with two strikeouts and no walks.
Teammate Chase Rudy earned the save. In three innings of relief, he gave up two runs (both earned) on no hits. Rudy recorded seven strikeouts and three walks. He went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Two other Bulldogs had multihit games. Dylan Clark went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jacob Mullins ended up 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
North Harrison’s Jake Morin was the losing pitcher. He surrendered seven runs (five earned) on eight hits, walking three and striking out two.
New Albany will host Seymour in the first round of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament at 6 p.m. Monday at Mt. Tabor Field.
On Friday morning, New Albany postponed its home split doubleheader for later that day with Corydon Central and Madison because of rain. The Bulldogs’ contest at defending Class 2A state champion Providence on Thursday also got rained out.
Note: New Albany announced Thursday it has added a game at North Oldham (Ky.) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.
NEW ALBANY 9, NORTH HARRISON 4
New Albany 000 250 2-9 11 2
N. Harrison 000 220 x-4 1 2
W – Ryan Robison (3-2). L – Jake Morin. S – Chase Rudy. 3B – Jake Harley (NH).
Records - New Albany 9-6, North Harrison 4-10.