WALTON — If the Lewis Cass Kings were angry about the loss the night before, they took their frustrations out on the baseball Thursday night.
The Kings struck for nine runs in the first inning in an 11-1 win in five innings over Taylor in a Mid-Indiana Conference game.
“They came back after last night and played pretty good,” Cass coach Greg Marschand said of his squad.
The Kings bounced back strong from a loss at Hamilton Heights Wednesday.
“I was proud with the way they came back. They were ready to compete and play,” Marschand said.
The Kings improved to 8-4 and 1-1 in the MIC and handed the Titans (5-7, 0-2) their fourth straight loss.
The game was played in a 40-degree wind chill with the wind blowing out at 23 mph.
But that did not affect Cass junior right-hander Jake Wilburn, who shut down the Titans. Wilburn allowed one run (none earned) on four hits and two walks in five innings, striking out four.
“Wilburn’s definitely a guy we’re counting on,” Marschand said. “When he goes out every time we know we have a chance to win. He’s a competitor, he’ll battle you. He’s a tough nut. He really displays that on the mound and with his bat. He comes to play every night.”
Ryan Bixler had two hits in the first inning alone for the Kings and finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Wilburn and R.J. Phillips each had RBI doubles in the first. Jake Miller, Brandon Carden and Ty Stover had RBI singles in the opening frame.
Carden, Wilburn and Miller each finished with two hits in the contest. Noah Byers added a base hit, RBI and run scored.
Taylor scored its lone run in the top of the fourth on an error on a fly ball. Jordan Lazaro, Nick Barnett, Jordan Maroney and Jonathan Mahone had the Titans’ four hits in the contest.