GORMAN
GORMAN

Noblesville senior Kade Gorman came on in relief in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s opening round sectional at Noblesville against Westfield, and it was lights out for the Shamrocks.

Gorman allowed just one hit, striking out three and relied on stellar defense and faced just 13 batters in the final four innings in the Millers’ 5-3 victory over Westfield. The Millers will now face Hamilton Southeastern at 10 a.m. Monday in the semifinal round. The Royals advanced with a 15-10 extra inning victory over Carmel in the opener.

“Kade came in and slammed the door,” Noblesville coach Justin Keever said. “He had all three pitches working tonight. He was able to throw strikes, and we made some great defensive plays behind him.”

The Millers also relied on timely hitting to eliminate Westfield. With the Millers trailing 2-1 in the top of the third inning, D.J. Owens found the gap for a two-run double to give Noblesville a 3-2 lead. The Shamrocks tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the third with a solo home run by Bryce Dorton. It was Westfield’s second home run of the game. Logan McClurg gave the Shamrocks an early 2-1 lead in the second with a solo shot to right field in the second inning.

The Millers scored what would be the winning runs in the fifth inning. Bryce Randolph capped the scoring for the Millers with an RBI single with two outs that gave Noblesville a 5-3 lead.

“We had some big hits,” Keever said. “We found ways to get runners in after they got on base.”

In the opener, Hamilton Southeastern rallied to tie the score two times after falling behind 6-4 and 9-6. The big blast was a three-run double by Greyston Droste in the top of the sixth that tied the score 9-9, after the Greyhounds had just taken a 9-6 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“Droste is leading our team in RBI for a reason,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Scott Henson said. “For him to step up and get that hit in that situation, with us being down three runs, was huge.”