After a disappointing 13-10 defeat at the hands of the Southwood Knights the evening before, the Mississinewa Indians responded with a tremendous effort on Saturday morning, defeating the Northwestern Tigers by a score of 7-2.
Owen Felver pitched brilliantly from start to finish, while the Indians’ offense found their groove in the final three innings. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning, the Indians scored four runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to secure their second win.
“We started off a little bit slow, but the kids hung with it,” Mississinewa Head Coach Mike Scott said. “They stuck in there and showed a lot of grit and determination. They took control of the game in the fifth inning, and for that effort, I’m really proud of them.”
Felver pitched the entire game, giving up six hits and two earned runs while striking out three.
“That was one of the best games I’ve seen Owen pitch,” Scott said. “He had command of multiple pitches. He expanded the strike zone really well, limited walks, and got ahead early in the count. Owen put it all together today. I was super proud of him. He was such a competitor on the mound today. Because of that, the kids knew they were in it.”
Kreigh Young finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Carson Campbell and Tyler Jakob also recorded hits for the Indians. Cade Campbell, Landen Swanner, and Drew Castanon each drove in a run as well.
It was not a perfect game, and there are still areas for the Indians to improve, but Scott was proud of how his team closed out another busy week.
“They’re young, and we continue to have to teach,” Scott said. “We are a pretty competitive group. We’re really athletic. And once they start figuring out the game and how the game is played, I still think the sky is the limit for these kids.”