The Wheels Baseball Tournament started early and so did the Northwestern Trojans on Wednesday night at Northwestern High School.
The Trojans (15-0) picked up right where they have left off all season with four first-inning runs and cruised to a 13-1 win over the York Cougars in the opening game of the tournament, which was moved up a day due to expected rain on Thursday.
Josh Crump was 2-for-4 with a first-inning RBI-triple and two runs scored for Northwestern, and Will Chitwood started and went the distance on the mound, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven to get the win.
J.T. Marion highlighted a seven-run seventh for Northwestern with a two-run home run over the left-field fence.
Will threw excellent, Northwestern coach Mitch Walters said. Thats the first time hes been out in a while. We keep telling him his time is coming because when you get in the playoffs, you play every other day. So hes been working hard in the bullpen and getting ready and he threw well today.
Dupree Hart started the game by pushing a bunt past the pitcher for a base hit and Crumps triple scored him. Crump came home on Jonathan Smiths groundout to second. Justin Peddy and Garrett Rast, who both reached on base hits, scored on the shortstops misplay of a Will Carter ground ball to finish off the four-run first inning.
We always like to get on the board first, Walters said. We came in kind of wary because we had two good region games this week, but we were focused and its a good win to get started on the right foot.
After two York errors and a wild pitch in the Trojans third plated a fifth run, Tripp Barringers base hit brought in Garrett Rast to make it 6-0.
The Cougars got on the board in the third when Will Prince walked to lead off the inning, and after a double to deep left-centerfield by John Moorefield, scored on Cody Ledfords fly to left.
Jamie Donald took the mound in the third for York and only gave up two unearned runs until the Trojans big seventh inning. Drew Patrick had an RBI-base hit, Jake Rentz had a two-run single and Peddy had a run-scoring groundout for Northwestern, along with Marions homer.