To the surprise of no one who has followed the Morrisonville baseball program in the past, the Mohawks were among the first ones to take the field in the 2021 season.
The Morrisonville-Lincolnwood co-op program, which will move to Lincolnwood next year as part of the all-sports co-op, got two games in on April 14 and 15 as they hosted North Mac and PORTA/AC-Central. Unfortunately, both would result in a loss as the Mohawks fell to North Mac 9-1 on Wednesday, followed by a 12-6 loss to PORTA on Thursday.
Against the Panthers in the season opener, the visitors nickeled and dimed the Mohawks to death, with their nine runs spread out through five innings. North Mac would score two in the second, one each in the fourth and fifth and three in the sixth before finishing off the day with two more in the seventh.
Morrisonville’s only run came in the bottom of the seventh, with Colton Tischkau taking North Mac reliever Kannon Kirk deep to right for a solo home run. The Mohawks would threaten again later in the inning after back-to-back two-out walks to Christian Tapia and Ruger Brown, but Kirk got Zake Guzman out on strikes to end the comeback bid.
Tischkau’s homer was one of two hits the Mohawks scratched out in the game. Ruger Brown had the other one, a double in the bottom of the sixth off Cole Hatalla.
John Wolf would take the loss on the mound for Morrisonville, pitching four and two-thirds innings with four runs allowed on three hits. Wolf would strike out four and walk three, with only two of his four runs classified as earned.
Christian Tapia would finish up the bottom of the fifth for Wolf and pitched the sixth inning as well, allowing three runs on one hit and a walk. Lance Weitekamp pitched the seventh and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.
Matt Hendricks got the win for North Mac, allowing no runs and no hits in the first five innings while striking out five.
Similar circumstances doomed the Mohawks in game two of the season as PORTA scored in five of the seven innings, but never more than three runs in any given inning.
The Blue Jays broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with three runs in the top of the frame, only to have Morrisonville get one back in the bottom half when Dominick Golitko walked and later scored on a wild pitch.
PORTA added another run in the fourth and three more in the fifth, before a four run rally by the Mohawks cut the lead to 7-5. A one-out single by Golitko started the rally, with Will Jenkins doubling him home in the next at-bat.
Jenkins would steal third and scored on an error by the PORTA third baseman, but the Jays would get out number two on a strikeout by Krayton Reincke.
With two outs, Colton Tischkau doubled and came around on a passed ball on a third strike that allowed Michael Jones to reach base. Cole Sidwell would pinch run for Jones and moved to third after a steal and an error by the PORTA second baseman.
With two balls and two strikes, John Wolf singled to center field, allowing Sidwell to score and make it 7-5.
That would be as close as Morrisonville got though as PORTA added three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to make it 12-5 going into the bottom of the inning.
Sidwell would score again in the bottom of the inning after doubling to left and scoring on a single by Lance Weitekamp, but the Mohawks could not cut any further into the lead.
Both Wolf and Jenkins would have three hits in four at-bats to lead Morrisonville, who outhit the Jays 11-10 in the game.
Michael Jones would take the loss on the mound, giving up six runs (three earned) in four and a third innings on five hits with four strikeouts, four walks and a hit batsman. Will Jenkins pitched one and two-thirds of an inning, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits with a strikeout and two walks, while Christian Tapia finished out the game, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk.
Aaron Suiter got the win for PORTA, allowing one run in four innings, with Krayton Reincke pitching the other three frames. Reincke, who has family in the Nokomis area, also went 1-for-2 at the plate with one run scored, one driven in and three walks.
Morrisonville’s season continues Monday, April 19, as they take on Southwestern at Schneider Park in Brighton. On Tuesday, April 20, they’ll be back at home against Tri-City, followed by another home game on April 21, against Pleasant Plains.
April 15 at Morrisonville
North Mac 020 113 2 9 6 0
Morrisonville 000 000 0 1 2 7
North Mac IP R ER H K BB
W-Hendricks 5.0 0 0 0 5 0
Hatalla 1.0 0 0 1 2 1
Kirk 1.0 1 1 1 1 2
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
L-Wolf 4.2 4 2 3 4 3
Tapia 1.1 3 2 1 0 1
Weitekamp 1.0 2 1 2 0 1
*Hendricks 1 HBP; Wolf 1 HBP.
Multiple Hits: North Mac - Berkley 2-2, 3R. 2B: North Mac - Berkley 2, Flowers 1; Morrisonville - Ruger Brown 1. HR: North Mac - Brown 1; Morrisonville - Colton Tischkau 1.
Record: Morrisonville (0-1).
April 16 at Morrisonville
PORTA 003 133 2 12 10 2
Morrisonville 001 040 1 6 11 5
PORTA IP R ER H K BB
W-Suiter 4.0 1 1 4 6 2
Reincke 3.0 5 3 7 6 3
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
L-Jones 4.1 6 3 5 4 4
Jenkins 1.2 4 2 3 1 2
Tapia 1.0 2 2 2 2 1
Multiple Hits: PORTA - Cade Privia 2-4, 3R, 1 RBI; Wyatt Mahoney 2-4, 1R, 2RBI. Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 3-4, 1R, 1RBI; John Wolf 3-4, 1RBI. 2B: PORTA - Wyatt Mahoney 1, Jake Shannon 1, Cade Privia 1; Morrisonville - Cole Sidwell 1, Will Jenkins 1, Colton Tischkau 1. 3B: PORTA - Krayton Reincke 1.
Record: Morrisonville (0-2).