Thursday was unseasonably cold, but the Northumberland Indians varsity baseball team were red hot as they blew out the visiting Middlesex Chargers 13-3 in a matchup that was shortened to six innings.
The Indians continued to sharpen both their offensive and defensive skills as everyone on the team got to play and step up to bat at least once in the game.
The Indians’ coaching staff used four pitchers in the game in order to strengthen their throwing arms early in the season. Matthew Harris and Zak Kent each pitched two inning, and Carter Deihl and Nathan Kiss each pitched one.
“Everybody pitched very well,” said Coach Brian Hann. “Nobody did badly, nobody did great.”
The Indians plated runs in almost every inning with their big one coming in the fifth when four runs were scored. In the sixth inning, with two runners on base, Josh Hinson hit a “walk off” triple to drive in two runs and end the game on the 10-run slaughter rule. Earlier in the game, Jack Jett had smashed out of the field his first home run of his high school career.
Jett was four-for-four at-bat, including his home run, scoring three runs, four RBIs and two stolen bases. Kent had two hits as did Hinson, including a triple and three RBIs.
The Indians’ JV team got in their first game at Middlesex, a 31-0 win in a five-inning game.
Next Friday and Saturday, the varsity team will participate in the Lancaster Tournament. They face King William at 7 p.m. on Friday and Middlesex at 5 p.m. Saturday.