All games this time of year carry some weight to them as the postseason races on for high school baseball, but for the Morrisonville Mohawks, Friday’s 5-3 loss to Carrollton carried a little more significance.
The Mohawks, who have co-oped with Lincolnwood for baseball since 2017, will be moving the program to Stierren Field in Raymond in 2022 as the two schools begin an all-sports co-op that will have junior high sports at Morrisonville and high school athletics in Raymond.
The final game of Morrisonville High School baseball, which came sooner than the Mohawk faithful wanted, didn’t signify the end of a story though, just as combining with Lincolnwood didn’t kill the Lancers’ program in 2017. Instead, it’s merely the beginning of a new chapter in a new location, with the same cast of characters who have grown from rivals to friends, both on the field and off of it.
The game itself was tough to swallow for the Mohawks who were leading 3-1 going into the sixth, before the Hawks plated two runs in each of the last two innings. The top four of the Carrollton lineup did all the damage, accounting for all eight hits, while the bottom five went 0-for-16 against the Morrisonville pitching combo of Michael Jones and John Wolf. Jones gave up one unearned run in four and a third innings, striking out six and walking none, while Wolf allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits with three strikeouts.
After falling behind due to a solo tally by the Hawks in the third, Morrisonville tied things up in the fourth when Will Jenkins singled and Jones drove him in two batters later.
In the fifth, the Mohawks added more runs, with Cade Bethard starting the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Isaac Ferrill and a sacrifice bunt by Dominic Golitko that moved Bethard to third and Ferrill to second.
Jenkins came through with a big two-out double that plated both runners and the Mohawks held a 3-1 advantage after five.
But two hits and an error would tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth and the Hawks scored the go-ahead run on a Gus Coonrod double in the seventh that paved the way for them to advance to the regional championship on Monday, June 7, in Carrollton against Central A&M, who defeated second seeded Pawnee in the other regional semifinal.
With the loss, Morrisonville finishes the season with a record of 11-13.
June 4 at Morrisonville
Carrollton 001 002 2 5 8 0
Morrisonville 000 120 0 3 6 4
Carrollton IP R ER H K BB
Leonard 4.2 3 3 6 3 1
Coonrod 2.1 0 0 0 5 0
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
Jones 4.1 1 0 3 6 0
Wolf 2.2 4 3 5 3 0
*Wolf 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Carrollton - Grant Pohlman 4-4, Gus Coonrod 2-4; Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 3-3. 2B: Carrollton - Gus Coonrod 2, Grant Pohlman 1; Will Jenkins 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 1, Cade Bethard 1, Isaac Ferrill 1. RBI: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 2, Michael Jones 1.
Record: Morrisonville (11-13).