NEW LONDON — The New London baseball team scored 10 runs over the middle two innings on Friday night against Wapello, and that’s all they needed to run away with an 11-1 win. The Tigers needed just 4.5 innings to knock off the Indians in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference crossover.
New London opened the scoring with one run in the bottom of the first inning after an RBI double by Carter Allen. Wapello tied the game in the second inning, but that was the only run they’d get off of starting pitcher Seth Bailey.
The Tigers went up 5-1 with a four-run third inning. After a short half-inning for the Wapello offense, New London loaded the bases with no outs and six runs later, they held a 10-run lead.
“They played good, took swings at good pitches, like we’ve talked about a lot of times, and got the ball going early,” head coach Brad Helmerson said after the game. “And they helped us with some walks when they ran into pitching troubles, which everybody does at the end of the week.”
Shae Summerfield led the New London offense, going 2-2 with a double, two RBIs, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Allen was 1-1 with a double, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
Ryan Richey went 1-2 with two RBIs. Jaxon Allen, Kooper Schulte and Connor Schoenbein each had one RBI on the day.
Seth Bailey had a strong outing on the mound. The freshman starting pitcher threw a complete-game, giving up one unearned run on two hits and no walks, while striking out one batter.
“Seth was great again on the mound for us,” Coach Helmerson said. “He threw 40-something pitches through five innings. That’s pretty efficient. If he keeps doing that and we keep playing behind him, we’ll have some where we want it.”
The Tigers moved to 3-8 on the year. They’ll host Danville tonight (Monday) at 7 p.m.