Asher Balting delivered a three-run home run in the first inning to jump start Shelbyville’s 2022 baseball season.
Balting’s home run made it 3-0 Wednesday in the season opener against Hauser at Arthur Barnett Field. The Golden Bears added five more runs in the home half of the second inning and never looked back in a 12-1 win in five innings.
Caden Tackett earned the win on the mound, going four innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven Jets.
Luke Brinkman pitched a scoreless fifth inning to close out the game.
After Balting staked the Golden Bears to the lead, Luke Jackson, Charlie Rife, Tackett and Balting drove in runs in the second inning to extend the lead to 8-0.
Koby Johnson took the loss for Hauser (0-1). He allowed nine runs (six were earned) on three hits and walked five in two innings of work. The Jets’ defense committed four errors.
Holden Pittman pitched the final two innings, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks.
Balting finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Shelbyville will get its first look at a potential sectional opponent Friday when it travels to East Central.
In other prep events Wednesday:
Westfield 104, Shelbyville 27
At Westfield, three Golden Bears had successful 2022 debuts with first-place finishes.
Sam Price won the 400 meters in 54.15 seconds. He also was runner-up in the long jump at 21 feet.
Beau Kenkel took first place in the 800 in 2:10.59.
And Jacob Harker won the discus with a best throw of 113-8. Harker also placed third in the shot put (36-2).
Also for Shelbyville, Eugene Jones finished third in the discus (105-9).
Westfield 104, Shelbyville 16
At Westfield, Stefanie Howard started out her final campaign with a win in the 3,200. She crossed the finish line in 12:42.97.
Kilikina Schultz scored runner-up points in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles (50.88).
Hannah Wright finished third in the 3,200 (14:24.24) and Ashlynn Stout placed third in the discus (79-9).
The Golden Bears travel to Franklin Tuesday for a triangular meet with East Central.