La Porte scored four runs in the first and second innings on its way to a 12-2 six-inning victory over Hebron in the teams’ baseball season opener Tuesday at Schreiber Field.
The Slicers jumped on sophomore Tucker Patrick for eight runs, scoring the first three before an out was recorded. The second inning four spot included a three-run home run to left field by La Porte pitcher Cam Worthington.
“He’s a sophomore, but he’s really like a freshman,” Hawks coach John Steinhilber said of Patrick. “He was amped up. He couldn’t get settled. His curve wasn’t working and when you play a team of this caliber with one pitch, that’s what’s going to happen.”
Jackson Peeler relieved Patrick in the second and worked into the sixth, when he was replaced by Trevor Roy. Peeler struck out struck out seven in four innings. Jayden Parkes’ double scored two runs to end the game by the 10-run rule.
“Jackson came in and did what Jackson does,” Steinhilber said. “We only made one error. It was a pretty good game there for a while. It’s almost like we didn’t look at the score.”
Patrick doubled in two runs in the fifth to avert the shutout. Isaiah Steinhilber also doubled for the Hawks, who left five runners on base in the first three innings.
“I liked the way our hitters were aggressive,” coach Steinhilber said. “Tucker’s only going to get better. Our guys who weren’t trying to hit it to the casino were making contact and getting on base.”
Worthington fanned 11 in 4 2/3 innings as La Porte recorded 14 strikeouts among Hebron’s 18 outs.
“We’re young,” Steinhilber said. “We just hope to be back here in June (for semistate).”