Tigers blank Bulldogs, 13-0
Nic Henry has a way of making a good first impression on his coaches. For football coach Josh Snyder, Henry rushed for 100 yards against a good Southern Lehigh team in his first varsity start as a running back. On Saturday, Duran Porrino put him in the starting lineup against Northern Lehigh for his first varsity action with the baseball team and the freshman didn’t disappoint in Northwestern’s 13-0 win over the Bulldogs.
“I’m pretty good friends with coach Snyder and I know he had a big varsity debut for him, so I guess he likes making debuts,” said Porrino.
Henry went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI in the Tigers’ mercy-rule win over the Bulldogs. In his first varsity at-bat, Henry doubled to drive in Rafe Perich as Northwestern (5-1) scored six times in the opening frame to take a commanding lead. In the next inning, Henry delivered a one-out single to left to drive in two runs and followed that with a third inning single that plated the 13th run of the game for the Tigers.
“I’m feeling pretty confident even though they were my first at-bats at varsity,” said Henry. “I was just looking to drive the ball hard and that’s what I did.”
The first four hitters, and seven of the first eight, reached base for Northwestern in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Jacob Haas reached on a fielding error and then stole second in front of a walk to Nathan Goodolf. Back-to-back singles from Trevor Schreiner and Tyler Wiik pushed across two runs and a groundout by Derek Holmes put the Tigers up 3-0. Three more hits pushed across three more runs as Northwestern sent 11 men to the plate in the first and took a 6-0 lead.
In the 13-0 win, Northwestern played a lot of small ball with 12 of their 16 hits being singles. They also took advantage of six Bulldog errors and three wild pitches.
Wiik reached base in all four at-bats, reaching twice on errors and picking up a single and a double to drive in two runs for Northwestern Lehigh. Holmes added three singles in the game, scoring twice and driving in one run.
Porrino went with a young lineup against the Bulldogs (2-5), with two freshmen and two sophomores starting. Henry and Perich are both freshmen, while Nate Goodolf, who reached base three times, and starting pitcher Vince Castrine are both sophomores.
“We have the mindset that if you’re going to keep a freshman up, you’ve got to give them a chance to play,” said Porrino. “Today it worked out that we had an opportunity to get them in the lineup and they produced.”
Castrine went three innings, allowing just two hits before giving way to Colin DeLong, who threw an inning in relief and allowed two hits. Holmes came on for the final inning and walked two but worked out of the jam with two strikeouts and an impressive defensive play by Wiik.
With Preston Bauer on first, Holmes uncorked a wild pitch and Bauer attempted to get two bases on the miscue, but Wiik was able to track down the ball and fire a missile to third, where Goodolf was waiting to apply the tag.
Northwestern followed up their win over Northern Lehigh with an 8-0 win over Wilson on Monday. Tigers pitchers extended their scoreless innings streak to 13 frames against the Warriors.