HOBART | Hanover Central felt it had something to prove in Saturday morning's baseball game against Hobart.
Several of the Times No. 6 Wildcats yelled "statement!" as they clinched a 12-0 five-inning win over the No. 7 Brickies.
"Everybody thinks that just because we're in the (Porter County Conference) we can't beat schools like this," Zac Maciejewski said. "We proved today that we can."
Maciejewski's bases-clearing triple to the gap in left-center field was the biggest blow in a nine-run fifth inning. The Wabash College-bound catcher said he knew he was going for a triple as soon as the ball hit the bat.
"(Pitcher Luke Budzielek) got out ahead of me in the count and I knew he was going to throw me a curveball because they needed outs," Maciejewski said. "I just had to go down and get it."
Hanover Central tallied six hits and drew three walks in that inning. Every batter except Dan Balich scored.
Evan Garthus threw five scoreless innings and struck out six against a potent Brickies lineup.
"That's as good as we've seen (Garthus) all year," Hanover Central coach Doug Nelson said. "He kept guys off balance and Evan doesn't have a lot innings under his belt right now. I'm proud of him."
Hobart (12-7) put runners on second and third bases with none out in the third inning. The Brickies tried a squeeze but Donny Parlock was unable to get the bunt down and Guy Birchel was out at home. Garthus struck out the next batter to end the threat.
"That (situation in the third inning) is a momentum swing, obviously," Hobart manager Bob Glover Jr. said. "It is what it is. It was just a beating. We weren't ready to play today and that's what happens when you play a good team."
The Wildcats (14-3) scored early when Jesse Wilkening notched an RBI single in the opening frame. Garthus scored an inning later on Dale Sjoerdsma's squeeze bunt. H.C. added one more run in the third.