WASHINGTON TWP. | The host Senators needed just three innings to take control of Wednesday’s game against Morgan Township.
Washington Township sent 11 hitters to the plate and scored seven runs in the third inning to take a 10-run lead and go on to beat the Cherokees 11-1 in five innings in the first round of the Porter County Conference baseball tournament at Senator Park.
Eight of the first nine hitters reached base for the Times No. 8 Senators (19-2) in the third.
Luke Lipinski delivered a two-run double to put the Senators ahead 6-1. The next batter walked, and pitcher Joe Dougherty got pulled from the mound after two-plus innings.
“That double was a huge hit,” Washington Township coach Randy Roberts said. “The bottom half of the lineup was scoring some runs for us.”
Reliever Austin Porter did not fare better. He issued three walks, two of which brought in runs, and gave up a two-run single to Bob Ross before getting out of the inning.
“You need someone to step up,” Morgan Township coach Jason Dorshorst said. “They put a couple of balls in play, and we didn’t step up there, and we walked a couple of guys.”
All told in the third, the Senators scored seven runs on three hits and four walks plus a sacrifice bunt.
“We were fortunate,” Roberts said. “We put the bat on the ball and found some holes.”
The Senators scored three runs in the first inning, which was more than enough run support for Tyler Frye. He scattered three hits and allowed an unearned run in getting the win. He needed just 57 pitches to get through five innings.
“That’s a typical game out of him,” Roberts said. “He’s not out the to strike out a bunch of people. He mixes it up and moves it around, and hopefully when they hit it, they hit it at us.”
Will Swisher led the Cherokees (14-9) with a single and a walk. Porter scored Morgan Township’s run on a Senator throwing error.
Ross, Lipinski and Justin Landgrebe each had two hits apiece for the Senators. Tyler Byerly, Ross and Lipinski each drove in two.