ORIENT — Orient-Macksburg’s JV defeated Creston freshmen in a baseball doubleheader, 9-4 and 7-2.
Dustin Merritt Pitched three innings with five strikeouts and no walks while yielding four runs in the opener. Kolby Tomas allowed five runs with two walks in one inning.
Providing two hits each for the offense were Tomas, Merritt and Deavon Reese. Tyler Downey and Ian Burns each had one hit.
Downey pitched three innings in the second game with five strikeouts, three walks and four runs allowed. Tucker Flynn had one strikeout, one walk and three runs allowed in one inning.
The Panthers had only three hits by Downey, Flynn and Nathan Pudenz.
“I thought our guys came out and played extremely well for our first games against mostly older kids,” said Creston coach Anthony Donahoo. “Dustin Merritt pitched an amazing game and in that first game our bats were really going. We held the lead until that last inning.
“The second game we played all of our younger kids against mostly the same boys and they held their own,” Donahoo added. “Overall a great learning experience for some kids that have never played before. We’ll keep learning and get them ready for our next game.”