FORT WAYNE – With new baseball bat specifications this season, the power is going to be more about timing.
Evidence of that was Carrolls 7-5 road win over Northrop on Tuesday. The two-time defending Class 4A state champion Chargers (3-1) got the go-ahead run on a solo home run by Grant Wilson in the fifth inning, the teams first of the season.
Offensively we have not been real strong, but we have managed to score runs and scrap things together, Carroll coach Dave Ginder said. We are still figuring ourselves out offensively, but we have managed to take advantage of some opportunities that other teams have given us.
Wilsons shot to right field came after Northrop (1-1) had tied it at 5 in the fourth.
It is always great to come back with a homer after they just tied it up, Wilson said. Home runs are nice, but those arent going to fall all the time.
The new bats are similar to the aluminum bats used in college baseball last year that are designed to maximize safety and are similar to wooden bats in the way the ball reacts.
The change has reduced home runs and scoring. Carroll had 36 home runs last year.
(The bats) are different, but the good teams are still going to be able to hit, and the good pitchers are going to be able to get outs. It is the same for everybody, and we havent dwelled on it, said Ginder, whose team won two of three in its trip to southern Indiana.
Wilson was 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the No. 2 Chargers. Blake Converset threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Chargers. Converset has figured in all three wins, with two saves and the win.
Charlie Sipe led the Bruins by going 2 for 4 and a three-run home run that tied the score at 5. But Northrop had seven errors.
We just have to learn how to take care of the baseball, Northrop coach Matt Brumbaugh said. We hung a pitch (on Wilsons homer). If we are going to get beat, lets get beat that way instead of making errors behind our pitchers.