Huskies’ baseball rides big first inning to season-opening win

Exeter – The Northwestern Huskies’ baseball team put a five spot up in the top of the first, and never looked back in a victory over the South Huron Panthers 9-4 in opening day Huron Perth varsity action on Wednesday April 29, 2015.

Speedster Colton Gill led off by beating a throw from third on a ground ball, and stole second during Cam McDougall’s base on balls.  Hunter James then drove home what proved to be the winning run with a liner to left field.  Trey Uniac then walked to load the bases, and Liam Kelly grounded to short, driving home McDougall to double the lead.  Freshman Jordy Tessmer then laced a single to right field scoring two more, fellow Frosh Riley Deline walked, and yet another rookie, Joe McCorkindale, ripped a double down the left field line to plate the fifth run of the inning.

Starter Liam Kelly pitched three scoreless and hitless innings while striking out seven, and reliever Hunter James allowed four runs over the final three innings allowing just three hits while striking out four.

The Huskies scored one more in the fourth after Tessmer walked, stole second, and scored on McCorkindale’s base hit to left field.

In the back-breaking fourth, when the game was still within reach at 6-2, with two out and nobody on, James and Uniac walked and  Liam Kelly’s liner to left scored James.  With runners at second and third after Kelly swiped second, Tessmer ripped a shot down the third base line, and an overthrow to first plated Northwestern’s final two runs.

“The game was closer than the score indicated, and you’ve got to give credit to South Huron for not folding after we got out of the gate like we did,” said Huskie field manager Derek Farr.

“I was pleased with our aggressive start, and that we didn’t drop our guard against them.”

Northwestern’s next action is next Wednesday morning at SERC when they host the St. Marys DCVI Salukis, who opened their season Wednesday with a 8-0 whitewash of Central Huron.

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