PORTSMOUTH — The Notre Dame Titans put away the Western Indians by the fifth inning on Thursday, by a score of 15-1.
Chase Rodriquez made his first start of the year for the Titans and he pitched a dandy. Rodriquez gave up only three hits and three walks in his shut-out effort while totaling seven strike outs.
“Chase has never pitched for me actually,” Titans manager Drew Mader said. “He transferred from East last year, so this was his first time on the mound for Notre Dame. Going into it, we knew that we’ve had a tough schedule and today was a makeup game. So we wanted him to come out and throw strikes and that’s what he did for us.
“Going forward he will definitely be one of those guys who eat up an inning now and then while letting some of other arms get some rest. We brought Brandon Lansing in at the end and he’s one of our go to guys. He can really rear back and put some speed on the ball. Those two combined for a good game all in all.”
Notre Dame’s 15 runs came off of five errors, nine walks, and eight hits. They exhibited patience at the plate and good base running IQ during the shutout. Hayden Baker went 3-3 with four RBIs, a double, a stolen base and a walk while hitting cleanup.
“All season long, and carrying on from last year this is what we’ve talked about,” said Mader. “We want to really hit our pitches while staying aggressive. We don’t want to hit the pitcher’s pitch, we are looking for our pitch as batters. We’ve been tightening up our discipline, waiting on curveballs and being on top of fastballs.
“It’s good when you see your kids taking walks because they can see the pitches coming. They help their pitcher when they do things like.”
Notre Dame is now 5-4 (3-0) on the season. All four losses came when the Titans traveled to Florida at the beginning of the season. After winning five games in a row, Mader believes they can continue their momentum going forward.
“All four of our losses were against division one and two teams down in Florida. We knew going in that we were going to use those games as spring training. The caliber of the teams we faced will prepare us for what we are going to see here and in the postseason. Coming up here, the weather is starting to break and we are going on a win streak. I want to keep that momentum going.”
Notre Dame will travel to Symmes Valley to take on the Vikings Monday for their first meeting of the season.
Notre Dame 058 20 — 15 8 1
Western 000 00 — 0 3 5
W- Rodriquez 4 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 0 R
L- Lykins3 IP, 4 H, 8 BB, 1 K, 13 R, 8 ER
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