HUNTERTOWN — Even under the pressure of the win-or-go-home sectional playoffs, pitcher Jordan Bickle continued to do what he’s been doing all season — striking out opposing batters and pitching a lot of innings.
Bickle helped the Columbia City Eagles baseball team defeat the DeKalb Barons 5-1 Thursday night at Carroll High School in the first round of sectional play.
Bickle, the tall, hard-throwing right-hander, fanned 10 Baron batters in a complete game, his fourth outing of the year with double-digit strikeouts.
He gave up one walk, three hits and one unearned run on his way to receiving the win.
“With the performance Bickle had on the mound, we were set up for success,” said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley. “He pounded the strike zone and got ahead of almost every hitter. It was almost textbook-perfect what we needed.”
Bickle helped out his own cause by going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Despite the unusually cold, blustery, wet weather, the rest of the Eagle fielders played a solid game behind their ace, committing only one error and snagging several well-hit balls, particularly in the outfield.
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