Austin Cranford picked up the win for North, going five innings without giving up an earned run, while Brad Kinsey got the save. The loss went to Austin Stewart, who gave up just four hits.
“This game was a little more on the line than we wanted it to be,” North senior Luke Jones said. “Cranford and Kinsey both did a good job tonight and we’ll always try to take advantage of any mistakes they give us. But tomorrow, we have to be smarter on the bases and focus on making them pay for any mistakes.”
For NHS, it was the first game back for coach Pete Sangirardi, who spent most of the preseason away from the team for medical reasons. Outside of the errors his team made, he was encouraged by what he saw.
“I thought our pitchers pitched well tonight, we’ve just got to eliminate the mistakes,” he said. “With me just coming back, it’s early in the season and there’s a bit of an adjustment period for both the players and me before we get things back to normal. I think we’re much better than we were a year ago and we’re going to be fine.”
The second round in the Crosstown Clash comes at 3:30 p.m. today at North.
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