New London baseball edged by Highland

RIVERSIDE — The New London baseball team came into their SEISC crossover game against Highland on Tuesday riding a four-game winning streak, but the Tigers couldn’t make it five-in-a-row, falling 9-6 on the road.

The Tigers scored first to put the pressure on Highland early. Connor Schoenbein walked with the bases loaded in the second inning, and Darius Whaley knocked one home when he reached via error. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the second but entered the bottom of the inning with a 2-0 lead.

Highland grabbed their first lead in the third. The Huskies cut the Tiger lead in half in the bottom of the second and then plated two more in the third. That made it 3-2 Highland after three frames.

New London stole the lead right back in the fourth inning. The Tigers scored the first four batters of the inning, scoring Mason Porter on a passed ball, putting up a couple of runs on a two-run single by Darius Whaley, and getting one more when Jaxon Allen plated Whaley with an RBI-ground out.

Highland cut the lead to 6-5 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. New London stranded a couple of runners in the sixth inning, and that opened the door for the Huskies in the bottom half. In the bottom of the sixth, Highland scored four runs to end the scoring at 9-6.

Whaley ended the game 2-4 with three RBIs to lead the Tiger offense. Kooper Schulte went 2-3 and both Allen and Schoenbein finished with one RBI.

Carter and Jaxon Allen were both on the mound in the loss. Carter started the game and gave up eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and no walks, while striking out four. Jaxon threw two-thirds of an inning and gave up one unearned run on no hits and one walk.

New London is now 8-11 on the year with one last game in the regular season. The Tigers will travel to Sigourney today (Wednesday) before beginning their postseason run on Saturday, July 13, at Iowa Mennonite.