Last season the Zionsville Eagles came within three outs of advancing to the IHSAA Class 4A baseball state championship game.
A year later, their journey was practically over after a single inning of baseball.
The Carmel Greyhounds sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning as they dominated throughout in the Class 4A sectional opener at Zionsville on Thursday, May 23.
Carmel went on to win 11-1 in a five-inning game due to the 10-run rule.
“That first inning was really a microcosm of our entire season,” Zionsville coach John Zangrilli said. “Such is life. It happens. They had a plan offensively, they executed, and my hat is off to them.”
After Zionsville went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, Carmel wasted little time pouncing on starter Parker Dunshee. Kyle Fiala led off the bottom of the first with a double to left center field and scored on an error by the second baseman after a single from Tony Giannini.
Jack Martin would double home Giannini on a long fly ball to right field that carried in a stiff wind all the way to the wall.
He would score on a two-run homer two batters later from Jack Thompson, who used the same wind to get a routine fly ball to carry over the center field wall.
“On both of those hits they got a pretty good swing on the ball,” Zangrilli said. “That is exactly what you’re supposed to do as a hitter, and they took advantage of it. My hat is off to them.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.