Nick Carrizales was happy to finish what he started against Greenwood on Wednesday.
Whiteland’s junior pitcher allowed only one base hit in five innings as the Warriors baseball team tightened its grasp on the Mid-State Conference lead with a 12-0 shutout of the host Woodmen.
Whiteland collected 14 base hits while running its league mark to 4-0. Showing no signs of slowing down since being crowned Johnson County Tournament champions, Whiteland is 8-3 overall.
The Woodmen are 2-4 and 4-9.
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“I wanted to go the full five (innings),” said Carrizales, who struggled at times with his control (six walks) and struck out four. “I just knew I needed to get the ball over the plate, and my defense would have me.”
Scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, one in the second and three in the third, the Warriors took care of business early against Greenwood starting pitcher Jackson Beckham.
A senior, Beckham surrendered 10 hits before being relieved by Brevin Shackelford. Juniors Joel Stinnett and T.J. Bass also pitched for the Woodmen in relief roles. Defensively, Greenwood committed five errors, including three in the top of the first frame.
Leadoff hitter and junior center fielder Chase Bennett came through with three singles for the Warriors. Cleanup hitter Bailey Watson chipped in a double and single, as did junior third baseman Austin Cook.
All nine players in coach Scott Sherry’s lineup finished with at least one hit.
‘We’ve had quality at-bats all year long. We’ve stressed that, and we’re swinging at good pitches. There’s not a lot of chasing balls out of the strike zone,” Sherry said. “Just good, quality swings and giving yourself a chance to get on base.”
The latest chapter in this long-running county rivalry proved uncharacteristically lopsided. Whiteland defended its home diamond Tuesday with a 5-4 victory against the Woodmen.
Both programs are in the Class 4A Franklin Sectional scheduled to begin May 24.
“It’s usually a competitive game. We know them and they know us. It’s always a dogfight, and Greenwood will get things figured out,” Sherry said. “They’ll be ready at the end of the year.”