It was almost as if the Mohawks were saving up their run production for just the right moment. After starting the year 0-7 with 17 runs scored, the Morrisonville High School baseball team broke things open on Tuesday, March 26, with a 20-1 win over conference foe Edinburg.
The game was initially planned to be a home game for the Wildcats, but wet grounds forced the move to Morrisonville.
Lincolnwood junior Evan Hopper would get the start for the Morrisonville co-op squad and walked the first batter he faced. Hopper would settle down after that though, getting the next three batters in order to send the Mohawks to the plate.
Morrisonville would get two men on in the bottom of the first off a single by Shawn Goebel and a walk to Dade Pitchford, but Edinburg starter Hayden Prince would get the final out to strand runners on second and third.
After a quick 1-2-3 inning by Hopper, Morrisonville gave their pitcher some run support as they scored four times in the bottom of the second.
With one out, Grant Jones was hit by a pitch, followed by a walk to Dalton Thomas and another hit batsman, this time Cole Sidwell ,to load the bases.
Prince would get out number two on a strikeout, but Jones would score on a wild pitch in the next at-bat to make it 1-0.
Goebel would draw the second walk of the inning to keep the bases juiced for Hopper, who doubled to left field. Hopper's extra-base hit cleared the bases and gave Morrisonville a 4-0 lead after two innings.
The Mohawks were back to the plate quickly after Hopper struck out the next three batters on 11 pitches, with Jhadyn Walker reaching on an error off reliever Vincent Wake. Walker reaching base would spark an eight-run inning for Morrisonville, who led 12-0 after three.
Walker would go from first to third on a single by Jones, who was pinch-run for by Jhett Walker. After a foul tip yielded the first out of the inning, Jhadyn Walker scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.
Sidwell would walk to put two men on and Andrew Skinner doubled to score Jhett Walker and move Sidwell to third. After a walk to Goebel, Hopper notched a bases clearing double for the second time in the game, upping the lead to 9-0.
Back-to-back errors off the bats of Dade Pitchford and Sam Herman would bring Hopper's courtesy runner, Austin Gwinn, in to score and would put runners on first and second.
Jhadyn Walker would reach base for the second time in the inning on a walk, while Jhett Walker would single to score Herman from second. Just before Herman scored, Kyle Bloome, running for Dade Pitchford, scored on a passed ball as the Mohawks rolled to a 12 run lead.
Herman would come on in relief of Hopper in the fourth and struck out two of the three batters he faced.
More runs would come in the bottom of the fourth as Morrisonville again plated eight runners to surpass their season run total to that point in one game.
Sidwell walked and Braxton Schmedeke reached on an error after Wake got Cade Bethard out on strikes. Austin Gwinn would walk to load the bases and Kyle Bloome pushed Sidwell across with Wake's third walk of the inning.
Michael Jones would drive in Schmedeke with a sacrifice fly to make it 14-0, while John Wolf drove in the 15th run of the game when he reached on an error by the right fielder.
Jhett Walker would walk to load the bases and Devin Brown would keep the inning going as he reached on an error that allowed Bloome to score.
Christian Tapia would reach base on a botched fielder's choice that made it 17-0, while a walk to Cade Bethard and back-to-back singles by Schmedeke and Gwinn increased the lead to 20 before Edinburg finally got out of the inning.
The Wildcats would get one run in the top of the fifth off of a single, a double and a hit batsman, but couldn't get enough going to keep the ten-run rule from going into effect.
Hopper would be the only Morrisonville hitter with multiple hits as the Mohawks benefitted from 11 walks, two hit batters and six errors by the Wildcats.
Hopper would also get the win on the mound, with six strikeouts and no hits allowed in three innings. Herman would allow two hits and one run while striking out three for the Mohawks in relief.
Morrisonville will play Edinburg again on Thursday, March 28, followed by a trip to Bunker Hill on Friday, March 29, to face the Minutemen.
March 26 at Morrisonville
Edinburg 000 01 1 2 6
Morrisonville 048 8x 20 9 0
Edinburg IP R ER H K BB
L-Prince 2 4 4 3 2 3
Wake 1.1 12 4 4 3 6
LeFever 0.2 4 0 2 0 2
*Prince 2 HBP
Morrisonville IP R ER H K BB
W-Hopper 3 0 0 0 6 0
Herman 2 1 1 2 3 0
*Herman 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Evan Hopper (2-3, 6RBI). 2B: Edinburg - Dustin Dinora 1; Morrisonville - Evan Hopper 2, Andrew Skinner 1.
Records: Lincolnwood (1-7).