Indiana made the most of its six hits, and its pitchers scattered 10 hits and did not allow a walk as the Indians defeated Burrell, 4-2, in a WPIAL non-section baseball game at the White Township Recreation Complex on Tuesday.
Matt Griffith struck out five in five innings to earn the win, and Jordan Hudzicki struck out two in two innings for the save. The defense helped out by turning two double plays and did not commit an error for the second straight game.
“(Griffith) was efficient with his pitches,” Indiana coach Rob Stossel said. “He pitched to contact and we played well defensively.
“To start 2-0 and not have an error, especially in bone-chilling cold like today, that’s pretty good. … They had 10 hits, but we tightened up when we needed to. When the situation was there defensively, we took care of business.”
Indiana drew three walks in the second inning and cashed in with one run on Cole Shaffer’s single and another on Ryan Creps’ sacrifice fly.
The Indians scored two more in the fifth, on Zach Schultz’ sacrifice fly and Trent Ream’s single.
Hudzicki finished 2-for-3, and no other Indiana player had more than one hit.
Indiana (2-0) plays host to Greensburg Salem in its WPIAL Section 2-AAA opener this afternoon.
Burrell fell to 2-2.
MARS 7, INDIANA 6: Indiana scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but its rally fell short in its season opener, falling to Mars in a WPIAL Section 5-AAA game at home.
Mars scored twice in the top of the seventh, extending its lead to 7-3.
Indiana battled back in the bottom of the inning. Kaitlyn Palmer tripled and Briana Dillon doubled her in. Sara Freehling kept the rally going with a single, and Jayci Drew singled to plate Dillon and Freehling to make the score 7-6.
Indiana got the potential tying run as far as third base, but Drew got caught too far off third on a bunt attempt and was thrown out.
Dillon finished 2-for-2, and Freehling went 3-for-4. Palmer and Holli Sottile added a double each.
Adrian Smith took the loss, striking out six and walking seven in 4 1-3 innings.
Indiana (0-1) visits Hampton on Thursday.
NORTHERN CAMBRIA 21, HARMONY 11: Host Northern Cambria scored 14 runs in one inning and finished with 21 in five innings, rolling past Harmony in a mercy-rule-shortened non-conference game to open its season.
Bre Sabella slugged two two-run home runs in the fourth inning, when the Colts erupted for 14 runs to pull ahead 18-8.
Sabella, Kelly Lieb and Hannah Tibbott each smacked three hits for Northern Cambria. Lakyn Fronari doubled. Lieb and Tibbott scored three runs each, and Ashley Farbaugh added two hits.
Fornari, the winning pitcher, struck out four and walked six.
Breanne Stiver clubbed a double for the Owls (0-1). She was also the losing pitcher.
Northern Cambria (1-0) plays host to United on Thursday.