All 17 runs in Friday’s varsity baseball showdown between the Seneca Indians and Nevada Tigers were bunched into three innings as the Indians downed the Tigers 10-7.
It made for an odd looking linescore when it was all said and done. Both teams scored three times in the third and three more in the fifth, but it was the decisive fourth inning that made the difference. Seneca outscored Nevada 4-1 in the frame.
“It was a good win,” Indians coach Chris Yust said. “At the plate we had some very good at bats, we scored in three big innings — it was a pretty solid ballgame.”
Indians reliever Dalan Merriman saved the game, literally and perhaps figuratively, after entering the game with the bases loaded in the sixth. Merriman worked the Indians out of the jam and preserved the lead to earn the save. That handed the win to starting pitcher Colton Webber, who struck out six, walked four, scattered six hits and allowed six runs (four earned) in five innings.
Merriman also went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the offense. Senior Marty Mailes was perfect at the dish, going 4 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Kyler Ng was the only other Indian with multiple hits as he went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Webber, Payton Rawlins and Braden Larson had a hit apiece. Webber and Larson both scored once and drove in a run while Rawlins drove in two runs.
Seneca’s B team topped Nevada 11-9.
The Indians (8-3) have a varsity only showdown with Wyandotte at 6 p.m. Monday at the Seneca Sports Complex.