After a narrow loss to Gillespie to start the week, the Morrisonville High School baseball team picked up their second victory of the season on Tuesday, April 27, with a 4-2 victory over Mt. Olive.
Playing on the Wildcats’ home field, the Mohawks scored first, netting three runs in the second inning after a scoreless first.
Braden Whalen and Cade Bethard drew back-to-back one-out singles to start the scoring run, with Cole Sidwell reaching on an error to score Whalen after that.
After a strikeout, Dominic Golitko reached on another Mt. Olive error, which allowed both Bethard and Sidwell to score. Wildcat starter Trent Markezich would get out of the inning with a strikeout, but Morrisonville struck again in the third inning.
With two outs, Colton Tischkau doubled on a line drive to center, then scored on Whalen’s second hit of the day.
The four runs would be all John Wolf would need as the Mohawk starter began the game by retiring the first five batters, before giving up a two-out walk in the second.
Wolf didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, a single by Markezich that was erased when the Mt. Olive pitcher was thrown out trying to steal second.
The Wildcats would threaten in the second inning after a walk and a double put runners on first and third, but Wolf would get out of the jam with his seventh strikeout of the game.
Both of Mt. Olive’s runs would come in the second inning as an error, a hit batter, a walk and a double plated two runs with just one out.
Wolf settled down, though, striking out Ashton Davis and retiring Owen Scheller on a grounder to second to end the game and up Morrisonville’s record to 2-5.
Wolf finished with eight strikeouts on the night, with only one of the two runs allowed classified as earned.
Both teams would have five hits in the game, with all five of Morrisonville’s coming against starter Trent Markezich.
Reliever Carter Monke had a little more success against the Mohawks, tossing three and a third innings of hitless relief with seven strikeouts. The younger brother of Caden Monke, a junior pitcher for the top ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, Monke signed with Parkland College last August.
The day before the victory over the Wildcats, the Mohawks hosted Gillespie at Memorial Field. Morrisonville would battle back from an early 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the third inning, but the Miners would string together solo runs in each of the last four innings to escape with an 8-5 win.
Gillespie picked up four straight one-out hits in the first inning to score two runs against Morrisonville starter Michael Jones, before Jones avoided further trouble with a double play to end the inning.
The Miners would add two more in the top of the second, but Morrisonville came back to tie the game after Gillespie starter Cameron Hailstone developed trouble with his control.
Isaac Ferrill, Dominic Golitko and Will Jenkins all walked to start the bottom of the third, with Braden Whalen driving in Ferrill on a single to left.
The base hit signaled the end of Hailstone’s day, but not the Mohawks’ scoring as Golitko came around on a wild pitch by Kamryn Link that moved everyone up a base.
Link would strike out the first batter he faced, but Jones would single home Jenkins and Whalen would score in the next at-bat on a steal of home.
The Gillespie reliever would get out of trouble though, striking out the final two batters of the inning.
Jones would give up a double and a walk to start the fourth inning as the Mohawks went to the pen and brought in Cade Bethard. Bethard got two quick outs on a pickoff and a pop up to short, but a double by Zane Cunningham scored one and broke up the tie.
The Miners would add three more runs over the next three innings, taking an 8-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Morrisonville drew a pair of walks to start off the inning and scored on a ground out by Jenkins, but Link would get the next two batters to end the rally and collect the 8-5 win.
Morrisonville would be outhit 15-3 in the game, with Whalen, Jones and John Wolf picking up hits, but walked seven times against Gillespie.
Weather permitting, Morrisonville will host Mt. Olive on Thursday, April 29, followed by another home game on Friday, April 30, against Tri-City.
April 26 at Morrisonville
Gillespie 220 111 1 8 15 1
Morrisonville 004 000 1 5 3 1
Gillespie IP R ER H K BB
Hailstone 2 4 4 2 1 5
Link 5 1 1 1 9 2
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
Jones 3 5 5 9 5 1
Bethard 2.2 2 2 5 0 3
Golitko 1.1 1 1 1 2 2
*Jones 3 HBP
Multiple Hits: Gillespie - Kamryn Link 3-4, Zane Cunningham 3-5, Cameron Hailstone 2-3, Zach Reiniesch 2-4. 2B: Gillespie - Cameron Hailstone 1, Zane Cunningham 1, Anthony Ribes 1, Zach Reiniesch 1. HR: Zach Reiniesch 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Dominic Golitko 1, Will Jenkins 1, Braden Whalen 1. RBI: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 1, Braden Whalen 1, Michael Jones 1.
April 27 at Mt. Olive
Morrisonville 031 000 0 4 5 1
Mt. Olive 000 000 2 2 5 4
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
Wolf 7 2 1 5 8 3
*Wolf 1 HBP
Mt. Olive IP R ER H K BB
L-Markezich 3.2 4 1 5 8 0
Monke 3.1 0 0 0 7 0
Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Braden Whalen 2-3; Mt. Olive - Timothy Retting 2-3. 2B: Morrisonville - Colton Tischkau 1; Mt. Olive - Timothy Retting 2. Runs: Jhadyn Walker 1, Braden Whalen 1, Cade Bethard 1, Cole Sidwell 1. RBI: Braden Whalen 1, Cole Sidwell 1.
Record: Morrisonville (2-5).