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Bellmont opened its Northeast Hoosier Conference season in varsity baseball Tuesday night thumbing its nose at experts who said the new bats required for this season in high school baseball would reduce the number of home runs and other extra base hits.
Bellmont battered Columbia City pitching for 13 hits including two first inning home runs and they also had four doubles in the game as they posted an 8-5 win and is now 8-3 on the year.
Landon Baker started on the mound and went five innings for the win before being relieved by Nick Fuelling and Coach Ben Fawbush said both hurlers were effective.
"Landon threw four great innings but got tired in the fifth. We brought in Nick and he did great," Fawbush noted, adding " we finally got some timely hits when we needed them on offense."
The Braves opened their attack quickly in the first. It didn't take long as leadoff batter Brian Fullenkamp belted a 1-2 fastball over the left field fence to get his second round-tripper of the season. Then with two out, Brian Hakes stepped up and found a curve ball to his liking. He deposited the pitch well over Monroe Street Extended--his third homer of the season--and the Braves were up 2-0.
Bellmont returns to action tonight at home against non-conference opponent Woodlan at 6 p.m.