All of the scoring occurred in the first four innings Tuesday afternoon, May 11, as Hillsboro outscored the host Morrisonville Mohawks in their venerable park. Jace Tuetken threw the first five innings to claim the mound victory; Dillon Smail efficiently worked the final two. John Wolf was tagged with the loss as the Toppers bunched hits early, but Wolf and lead-off hitter Dominic Golitko each had two of the Mohawks’ seven hits.
Hillsboro scored three in the first as Smail doubled leading off and went to third on a passed ball. He held there on a ground ball out, then scored as Tuetken helped himself with a sacrifice fly to right. The next runs scored with two outs as Gavin Matoush walked in front of a Deklan Riggs’ single; Hayden Grosenheider was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Blaze Helton then doubled into deep right to score Matoush and Riggs.
Morrisonville answered with one run; Golitko singled, stole second, and scored on a Mike Jones ground ball. The Toppers responded with five in their second inning while sending nine to the plate.
Devin Speiser singled to lead off; Brady Meier sacrificed him to second, and Smail drove him in with a single. Then Drake Vogel singled (for an RBI); Tuetken doubled, and Matoush singled up the middle. The four consecutive hits brought Christian Tapia to the mound; he earned an out, walked Grosenheider, and surrendered a two RBI single to Helton before finding the third out. The Toppers lead was 8-1.
The bottom of the Mohawks’ order struck back. Wolf, Cade Bethard, and Jhadyn Walker all had hits, with Walker’s double driving in two - the last two his team would score. Walker was caught in a rundown between Speiser at third and Smail at second and tagged out before a strikeout ended the rally.
Two runners reached in the Mohawk third (a walk to Jones and a hit batsman (Tischkau), but a ground out ended that. Wolf doubled to lead off the fourth, but a ground ball to Speiser ended that threat; and Tuetken finished with a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth.
Meanwhile the Toppers extended their lead in the top of the third when Speiser singled, stole second, and scored on a single by Smail. Smail in turn scored when Tuetken tripled. Meier provided the punch in the fourth, popping a drive over the center fielder’s head to score Riggs and Preston Lyerla, Helton’s courtesy runner. 12-3 was perilously close to the required ten-run/end for a five-inning contest.
Facing Jones, the Toppers had only one hit and a walk in the fifth and sixth; Walker recorded the last two outs in the seventh.
Smail walked two but struck out four in his pitching debut this spring as the game ended in just under two hours. Hillsboro played last night, May 12, in Rochester; today, Thursday, they travel to Staunton for a conference game; and Friday Auburn comes to call. Those three games will be reported in Monday’s Journal-News.
May 11 at Morrisonville
Hillsboro 352 200 0 12 16 1
Morrisonville 120 000 0 3 6 1
Hillsboro IP R ER H K BB
Tuetken 5 3 3 6 2 3
Smail 2 0 0 0 4 2
*Tuetken 2 HBP
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
Wolf 1.1 8 8 8 0 1
Tapia 2.2 4 4 7 1 1
Jones 2.1 0 0 1 1 2
Walker 0.2 0 0 0 1 0
*Wolf 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Hillsboro - Blaze Helton 3-3, Dillon Smail 3-5, Jace Tuetken 2-3, Devin Speiser 2-3, Drake Vogel 2-4, Deklan Riggs 2-4; Morrisonville - Dominic Golitko 2-3. 2B: Hillsboro - Jace Tuetken 2, Dillon Smail 1, Brady Meier 1; Morrisonville - Ruger Brown 1, Jhadyn Walker 1. Runs: Hillsboro - Dillon Smail 3, Gavin Matoush 2, Deklan Riggs 2, Devin Speiser 2, Drake Vogel 1, Jace Tuetken 1, Preston Lyerla 1; Morrisonville - Dominic Golitko 1, Ruger Brown 1, Cade Bethard 1. RBI: Hillsboro - Jace Tuetken 3, Blaze Helton 3, Dillon Smail 2, Brady Meier 2, Drake Vogel 1; Morrisonville - Jhadyn Walker 2.
Record: Hillsboro (3-6); Morrisonville (5-8).