TERRE HAUTE —
Wayne Newton Post 346 cruised to a 2-0 start on the young season, and manager John Hayes got some help Wednesday from some young baseball players.
Trey McCue, Kavan Crowell and Mitchell Howald, who will play this summer for the Post 346 Junior Legion team, collected hits during a 15-2 victory over Washington at Don Jennings Field. Nathan Biggs and Evan Poole contributed with sacrifice bunts and runs scored as well.
“We don’t have the [Terre Haute] North kids and had five young men come up from the junior team and all five of them contributed which bodes well for our program,” Hayes said.
Several Post 346 veterans performed well in the win as well. Cody Brock tossed two scoreless innings as Wayne Newton jumped ahead 11-0 after two innings.
“Cody is at Indiana State this year and didn’t pitch this spring. He threw five innings the other night at Sullivan,” Hayes said.
“Nathan Thomas and Mitchell Clinkenbeard came in and threw pretty well also.”
Post 346 Jacob Johnson and Connor Pierced had two hits apiece. Pierce singled twice and scored on one of three Washington errors during a 10-run second inning for Post 346. Johnson also had two singles, a run scored and an RBI during the outburst.
“Just capitalizing on their errors, that’s what good teams do. We’re just relaxed out here, having a lot of fun,” Johnson said. “We’re playing pretty well with the junior legion kids. We’re just going to get better.”
Pierce, a .330 hitter during the spring at Northview, reached base four times on the night and stole a base.
“I think we’ll be unstoppable once we get the North guys,” Pierce said.
Wayne Newton welcomes Remington to town for a doubleheader Saturday.
Hayes is fine with keeping the young contributors around for a while because that would mean good news for the Patriots.
“I don’t care if we have them for another week. I just want [North] to go play and win that state tournament,” Hayes said.