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Eagle baseball still leads conference

May 3, 2013

Columbia City held its baseball senior night Thursday. From left: Austin McCormick, Derek Hinen, Jordan Bickle, Landon Rehrer and Andrew Biggs. Post & Mail photo / Mark Parker

COLUMBIA CITY — It was altogether fitting that on Thursday’s senior night that the Columbia City Eagle Baseball team got standout performances from its senior leaders in the Northeast Hoosier Conference game with the visiting New Haven Bulldogs.

The Eagles used a dominating pitching performance from senior Jordan Bickle and multiple extra-base hits from seniors Derek Hinen, Andrew Biggs and Austin McCormick to hang a 14-1 loss on the Bulldogs.

Bickle turned in an outstanding game on the mound for the Eagles.

The senior hurler allowed the Bulldogs only three hits on the evening while striking out 11 of the 20 Bulldogs he faced. Bickle allowed six base runners for the game, while giving up three walks.

“Jordan came out and went right at them,” said Eagle Head Coach Zac Bireley.

“Our game plan was for Jordan to go right at them, make them hit the ball and let our defense play and he was able to get strikeouts out of them.”

In the first inning, two walks sandwiched around Bickle’s first strikeout gave the Bulldogs their only real threat of the game until the fifth and final inning with runners on first and second.

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