CHURUBUSCO — Dylan Herendeen and Jordan Turner hung up their basketball shoes for bats and sunflower seeds, kicking off Churubusco’s baseball season in prime fashion Tuesday.
The pair of seniors worked together to post a 1-0 shutout against Leo.
Herendeen controlled the defensive side taking Leo out of its offense.
The senior lefty posted nine strikeouts and two outs by rundowns in the first and third innings. Herendeen threw a complete seven-inning shutout at the mound.
“Dylan kept the ball down, we got ourselves out of some situations,” ’Busco head coach Mark Grove said. “Once we threw a couple kids out that were trying to steal, we got them out of their offense.”
While Herendeen was attacking on the defensive end, Turner snuck in the Eagles’ first and only hit.
While stealing third base, Leo’s catcher threw the ball over the third baseman’s head, allowing Turner to make a run for home.
“In a close ball game, it boils down to execution,” Grove said.
Leo made an attempt to score in the sixth inning. A double by Leo’s Joey Heath, who led the Bulldogs with two hits, got the Lions in scoring position to lead off the sixth.
After a hit to center field, Heath was thrown out at home by center fielder Spencer Shroyer.
Leo picked up four hits overall — three more than Churubusco — but couldn’t find home plate.
Luke Pepple was handed a loss despite giving up just one hit in seven innings of work.
Churubusco hosts Woodlan Thursday looking to hold its undefeated record.