After missing out on a season last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bishop Noll Warrior baseball team returned to the diamond Saturday morning for the first time since May 22, 2019 and wasted no time starting the season on the right foot. The Warriors pounded out 16 hits on their way to a 22-1 victory at Gavit.
“I’m beyond proud of the way our young men played today,” said Coach Ryan Julian. “Earlier this week, former baseball coach, Larry Bentley, was voted Bishop Noll’s Coach of the Century, something that made our team very proud. Our team has fully bought into carrying on the great tradition of Bishop Noll baseball that began 70 years ago and it showed by they way they came out and played today.”
BNI jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after junior, Alex Ortiz, drove in senior third baseman, Aiden Companiott, who hit a leadoff double to start the game. After Gavit tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first, the Warriors broke things open by scoring nine runs in the second and never looked back.
Companiott led the way at the plate going 3-5 with 3 RBIs. Ortiz also had a solid outing at the plate, picking up four RBIs in his varsity debut. Fellow junior, Matthew Salazar, went 2-5 and drove in three runs.
Junior, Christian Ayala, looked sharp on the mound and picked up his first varsity win, allowing one run on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts. Sophomore, Jackson Montgomery, closed out the last two innings, allowing only one hit while striking out four of the seven batters he faced.
Noll returns to action on Monday as they take on conference opponent Calumet High School at Gary Railcats Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.