The Western Boone baseball team knew it was going to be a tough challenge in the season opener, Monday, March 26, as they faced Class 4A No. 6-Zionsville.
The game ended up being as tough as expected, with the Eagles scoring 10 runs in the second inning and cruising to a 20-2 win.
“Overall we did all right,” Western Boone head coach Dustin Cunningham said. “We threw three guys that hadn’t thrown any varsity innings before. Overall they did their job. We still have things to tighten up. We missed a couple of signs, didn’t field some balls we normally get, but we have guys in different positions as well. We played 13 guys, and eight had never played varsity. Good experience for them to get out there and get those first game jitters out.”
Zionsville head coach John Zangrilli said he was able to get everyone on the bench in the game and the effort from practice carried over into the game.
“It has been a great season so far,” he said. “Our season started two weeks ago, as far as I am concerned, when we started with practice. But today was the first time we got to compete against somebody else, which is nice. We have 13 guys on the roster and we probably are not going to expand it. We are going to go out and let everybody have an opportunity to play and compete. We got everyone in today, which is nice and everyone is settling in to their roles.”
Zionsville scored twice in the first inning on singles from Troy Kuhn and Parker Dunshee.
After Mic Richey retired the Stars in order in the bottom of the first, the Eagles put the game away in the second.
Harrison Farber singled to lead off the inning, and after a flyout, Ben Kocher, Kuhn and Dunshee hit three-straight singles to chase Stars’ Starter Tyler Squibb and score two runs.