The Fishers Tigers Varsity Baseball team (4-7/1-3) fell short on the scoreboard, but played arguably one of their best offensive and defensive games of the season in their 10-8 loss to the Noblesville Millers.
Nick Lukac hit the first pitch of the game to the right side of centerfield for a leadoff homerun (his 1st of the season). Collin Shelton followed with a single up the middle. One out later, Kiel Brenczewski delivered a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. With 2 outs, Daniel Owens singled to left past the 3rd baseman to plate 2 runs and give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. The Millers responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st. The Tigers were not wavered as the scored 4 more in the 2nd to extend their lead to 7-2. Lukac hit a triple to left centerfield. Shelton was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners. JJ Woolwine scored Lukac on an infield single, and Brenczewski cleared the bases when he crushed an opposite field 3-run homerun (his 3rd of the season).
The Millers would score 4 in the 4th to cut the Tigers lead to 7-6, but Kaid Muth answered right back with a long, leadoff homerun to left centerfield to start the 5th (his 2nd of the season). With the Tigers holding on to an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the 6th, the Millers would push across 4 runs to take a 10-8 lead. The Millers runs came from 2 singles, 3 walks, 2 wild pitches, and a perfectly executed 1st/3rd play.
The Tigers continued to show some grit as they loaded the bases with 1 out in the top of the 7th. Owens walked, Grant Whetsel hit a double, and Charlie Walker was hit by a pitch, but the Tigers fell short as the next 2 batters were unable to score any more runs.
Lukac led the Tigers with a 4-5 night and an RBI. Lukac was a double away from hitting for the cycle. Brenczewski was 2-3 with a homerun, double, and 3 RBI. Grant Whetsel also had a multiple hit night.
Starting pitcher Anthony Castellani pitched well despite giving up 7 earned runs in 5+ innings. Jack Minns (1-1) suffered the loss in relief.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday when they host the Millers for a non-conference Game 3 at 12pm.