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HUNTERTOWN â€” Even under the pressure of the win-or-go-home sectional playoffs, pitcher Jordan Bickle continued to do what heâ€™s been doing all season â€” striking out opposing batters and pitching a lot of innings.
Bickle helped the Columbia City Eagles baseball team defeat the DeKalb Barons 5-1 Thursday night at Carroll High School in the first round of sectional play.
Bickle, the tall, hard-throwing right-hander, fanned 10 Baron batters in a complete game, his fourth outing of the year with double-digit strikeouts.
He gave up one walk, three hits and one unearned run on his way to receiving the win.
â€śWith the performance Bickle had on the mound, we were set up for success,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley. â€śHe pounded the strike zone and got ahead of almost every hitter. It was almost textbook-perfect what we needed.â€ť
Bickle helped out his own cause by going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Despite the unusually cold, blustery, wet weather, the rest of the Eagle fielders played a solid game behind their ace, committing only one error and snagging several well-hit balls, particularly in the outfield.
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