Mohawks Sink Indians Double Up Crusaders

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The Morrisonville High School baseball team found a quick way to work their way back to .500 on the season as they picked up three wins in two days to improve to 10-11 on the season.

Two of those victories came on Monday, May 24, when the Mohawks doubled up against conference rival Lutheran. Michael Jones turned in a stellar performance in game one as he struck out 12 and gave up just one run in his team’s 5-1 victory over the Crusaders.

Morrisonville picked up an early lead after Dominic Golitko led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk, stole second and third and scored on a single by Will Jenkins, but that would be the only scoring by either team until the Mohawks found four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

All four runs would come with two outs as Cole Sidwell started the inning by reaching on an error and Cade Bethard walked, but was erased on a double play that moved Sidwell to third.

Four straight hits would come after the twin killing though, with Golitko starting off the scoring with an RBI single that plated Sidwell. The senior shortstop would take second on an error and scored for the second time when Jenkins doubled him home.

The merry-go-round continued with singles by Braden Whalen and Michael Jones as Morrisonville upped their lead to 5-0 before Lutheran got out number three.

Some chinks in the armor would begin to show in the sixth inning as Jones gave up one run on three hits and an error in the sixth, but the senior starter got out of the inning with the bulk of the lead still intact. 

Morrisonville threatened in their half of the sixth, which started with singles by Jhadyn Walker and Sidwell, but Lutheran got out of the inning and needed four runs to force extras.

Jones would get the first two batters of the seventh out on strikes, but walked the next two and was pulled in favor of Christian Tapia. The closer of the day needed just four pitches to get out of the jam as he struck out Ethan Theilen to end game one.

Morrisonville outhit the Crusaders 8-4 in the game, with Will Jenkins going 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Lutheran Game Two

Game two would be less of a pitcher’s duel than game one, but the result was the same as Morrisonville came back from a 6-1 deficit to win 10-7.

Six of Lutheran’s seven runs were unearned as Morrisonville committed five errors in the game. The Mohawks benefitted from the Crusaders’ miscues as well, getting the first run of the game after Michael Jones walked to lead off the second and eventually scored on an error by the Lutheran center fielder.

Morrisonville’s lead would be brief as Lutheran scored  five times in the bottom of the second on an error, three walks and two hits to take an early 5-1 advantage. They would make it 6-1 in the third inning, despite not getting a hit as they turned a hit batsman, two steals and a walk into a run.

Morrisonville would get back on the board in the top of the fifth, when Isaac Ferrill doubled, moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on a single by Will Jenkins. Jenkins stole second and third in the next at-bat and scored himself when Braden Whalen tripled to right field to make it 6-3.

Lutheran flirted with more  runs in the fifth inning, despite not getting a hit, as they loaded the bases on two hit batsmen and a walk before Dominic Golitko came on in relief to close out the inning.

By keeping the Crusaders close, Morrisonville was able to complete their comeback in the sixth inning. Colton Tischkau walked and was ran for by Cade Bethard, who scored when Cole Sidwell sent a double to right field.

A single by Isaac Ferrill sent Sidwell to third and the Morrisonville senior scored on a passed ball that moved Ferrill to third base after he stole second earlier in the count. Two pitches later, another pitch got past the Lutheran catcher and all of the sudden the game was tied.

John Wolf came in to pitch in the bottom of the sixth and struck out two and got some help from Ferrill, who threw out the only base runner of the inning after Clifton McCrady reached on an error but was called out attempting to steal.

Neither team would score in the seventh inning as Wolf set down the side on strikes and the two teams headed to extra innings.

Morrisonville picked up the go-ahead run three batters into the top of the eighth when Isaac Ferrill hit a ground ball to short and Lutheran tried in vain to cut Cade Bethard down at the plate after Bethard led off the inning by being hit by a pitch and stole second and third.

Ferrill moved from first to third on wild pitches and made it 8-6 when Will Jenkins singled. The Mohawks got two more insurance runs thanks to Jenkins scoring on an error and Braden Whalen scoring on a double by Michael Jones after he walked earlier in the inning, making the score 10-6 going into the bottom of the eighth.

Golitko, who pitched to just one batter in the fifth before yielding the way for Wolf, came back to the mound in the eighth. He’d get the first two outs on strikeouts, but an error and two walks led to a Crusader run. Any hopes of extending the game quickly vanished though as Golitko got the final out on a ground ball to short to close out the game.

Morrisonville outhit the Crusaders again, nine to three, but had some control issues as they walked eight and hit three batters. Lutheran also had trouble with the strike zone, walking seven and hitting two.

For the second game in a row, Will Jenkins had three hits as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Isaac Ferrill also had two hits and three runs scored.

Pawnee

After the doubleheader the night before, no one would have blamed the Mohawks if they were a little sloppy against Pawnee on May 25. The Indians entered the game with a solid 10-4 record, including a 5-4 win over Morrisonville on May 20.

Instead, Morrisonville was solid, holding Pawnee scoreless, playing errorless defense and picking up a late run for a 1-0 victory that improved their MSM Conference record to 5-2.

The two pitching staffs combined for five scoreless innings, with Cody Ellis allowing three hits for Pawnee and John Wolf and Christian Tapia scattering six for the Mohawks.

The fourth hit Ellis allowed was a big one for the Mohawks as Will Jenkins led off the sixth inning with a single. Jenkins then took second on a ground out by Braden Whalen, stole third and scored on an error by the Pawnee third baseman to make it 1-0.

The first run of the game would end up being the only run of the game as Tapia set the Indians down in order in the sixth and got the first two outs of the seventh before running into trouble. After a single and a walk, John Wolf came back to the mound to finish what he started and got the final out on a fielder’s choice to end the game.

Wolf not only closed out the win that he started, but he also had two of the Mohawks’ six hits as Morrisonville made their bid to stay in the hunt for an MSM title. After Tuesday’s game, both Morrisonville and Pawnee had two conference losses, with the Mohawks sitting at 5-2 with games against Tri-City (on May 26) and Edinburg (have not been scheduled) still yet to be played. Pawnee finished the day 7-2 in the MSM with a date with Edinburg on May 27, still on tap.

Barring a change, the game against Tri-City is the Mohawks’ regular season finale. They will host their postseason opener on Friday, June 4, against Carrollton, with the winner advancing to the  regional championship game.

May 24 at Morrisonville

Lutheran 000 001 0 1 4 3

Morrisonville 100 040 x 5 8 2

Pitching Statistics

Lutheran IP R ER H K BB

Andrews 6 5 1 8 5 2

M’ville IP R ER H K BB

Jones 6.2 1 1 4 12 3

Tapia 0.1 0 0 0 1 0

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 3-3. 2B: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Dominic Golitko 2, Will Jenkins 1, Braden Whalen 1, Cole Sidwell 1. RBI: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 2, Dominic Golitko 1, Braden Whalen 1, Michael Jones 1.

May 24 at Morrisonville

Morrisonville 01002304 10 9 5

Lutheran 05100001 7 3 3

Pitching Statistics

M’ville IP R ER H K BB

Tapia 1.2 3 0 2 0 1

Bethard 0.1 2 2 1 0 2

Jenkins 2.0 1 1 0 3 2

Walker 0.2 0 0 0 2 1

Golitko 1.1 1 0 0 2 2

Wolf 2.0 0 0 0 5 0

*Walker 2 HBP, Jenkins 1 HBP

Pawnee IP R ER H K BB

McAfee 5.0 3 2 5 7 3

McCrady 2.2 7 7 4 3 4

Theilen 0.1 0 0 0 0 0

*McCrady 1 HBP, McAffe 1 HBP

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 3-5, Isaac Ferrill 2-4. 2B: Morrisonville - Isaac Ferrill, Will Jenkins, Michael Jones, Cole Sidwell; Lutheran - Josh Mauney 1, Christian Schoeffel 1. 3B: Morrisonville - Braden Whalen 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Isaac Ferrill 3, Cade Bethard 2, Will Jenkins 2, Braden Whalen 1, Michael Jones 1, Cole Sidwell 1. RBI: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 2, Braden Whalen 1, Michael Jones 1, Cole Sidwell 1, Isaac Ferrill 1.

May 25 at Pawnee

Morrisonville 000 001 0 1 6 0

Pawnee 000 000 0 0 7 3

Pitching Statistics

M’ville IP R ER H K BB

Wolf 4.1 0 0 5 6 1

Tapia 2.2 0 0 2 1 1

*Wolf 1 HBP

Pawnee IP R ER H K BB

Ellis 6 1 1 6 4 3

Hennemann 1 0 0 0 2 0

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - John Wolf 2-3; Pawnee - Connor Hennemann 3-3, Tyler Surber 2-3. Runs: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 1.

Record: Morrisonville (10-11, 5-2); Pawnee (10-5, 7-2).

Morrisonville Baseball Splits With Mulberry Grove, Pawnee

The Morrisonville High School baseball team came within a whisker of a doubleheader sweep on Thursday, May 20, as they beat Mulberry Grove 10-0 before falling to Pawnee 5-4 in game two.

Christian Tapia turned in a stellar performance on the mound for Morrisonville, allowing just three hits and one walk in five innings of work. Tapia also struck out six batters, with Mulberry Grove failing to get a runner past second base.

Morrisonville would get their first run after Dominic Golitko singled and scored shortly after on passed ball to make it 1-0. After Golitko scored, the next three batters would reach base, with Braden Whalen drawing a walk, Michael Jones singling and Jhadyn Walker being hit by a pitch.

Mulberry Grove would get their second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice, but Jones and Walker scored on an error to finish the inning with a 3-0 Morrisonville lead.

The Mohawks would continue to chip away at the Aces as they scored in each of the next four innings as well. Isaac Ferrill walked and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Will Jenkins in the second, while two more runs scored when Braden Whalen and Jones led off the inning with a single and a walk and eventually touched home to make it 6-0 after three innings.

Mulberry Grove had one of their best chances to score in the top of the fourth after back-to-back singles started the inning, but a double play by third baseman Cade Bethard and first baseman Colton Tischkau halted the rally and Tapia finished off the inning with a strikeout.

Braden Whalen made it 7-0 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth that scored John Wolf and set up a possible short game situation for the Mohawks.

In the fifth, Jhadyn Walker singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an error and a wild pitch. The next two batters would get out, but Tapia kept the inning going with a single that drove in Walker.

Both Colton Tischkau and John Wolf would be hit by pitches after Tapia’s RBI and Ruger Brown would single to drive home both runners and end the game early by the 10-run rule.

Pawnee

Game two of the doubleheader would be much closer, with Pawnee scoring in the top of the seventh to secure a 5-4 win.

Morrisonville scored first, getting three runs in the second inning thanks to a walk to Braden Whalen, singles by Cole Sidwell, Cade Bethard and Dominic Golitko and an error by the Indians.

Pawnee scored twice in the third inning, but Morrisonville added another run to their lead in the bottom of the fifth after Bethard doubled and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Will Jenkins.

Morrisonville starter John Wolf allowed just two hits in his first five innings of work, but the Indians would double that total and benefitted from two errors in the sixth as they tied the game at 4-4.

Pawnee starter Connor Hennemann set the Mohawks down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Morrisonville sent Michael Jones to the mound in the seventh to try and do the same. Pawnee welcomed Jones with a Cody Ellis single, but the senior hurler got the next two batters out to put the Mohawks an out away from ending the threat.

Luke Kratochvil would send a single to right field in the next at-bat to score Ellis though, as Pawnee entered the bottom of the seventh with a one-run lead.

The Mohawks looked to pull ahead in the seventh, but Hennemann, who hadn’t allowed a hit since Bethard’s leadoff double in the fifth, was on cruise control and set down Morrisonville in order to end the game.

Hennemann would finish with 10 strikeouts, one walk and four hits allowed over seven innings to collect the win, with Jones the tough-luck loser. Wolf allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk, with three strikeouts.

At the plate, Cade Bethard went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs driven in as Morrisonville moved to 7-11 on the season.

Morrisonville also learned that they are the third seed in their subsectional and will be in Regional D. The Mohawks start the postseason at home on June 4, against Carrollton in the regional semifinal, with the winner moving on to the regional championship on June 7 at the home field of the higher seed.

May 20 at Morrisonville

M. Grove 000 00 0 3 1

Morrisonville 312 13 10 7 0

Pitching Statistics

M. Grove IP R ER H K BB

Steiner 4.2 19 8 6 4 4

Scroggins 0 0 0 1 0 0

*Steiner 5 HBP

M’ville IP R ER H K BB

Tapia 5 0 0 3 6 1

Batting Statistics

Runs: Morrisonville - Jhadyn Walker 2, Michael Jones 2, Dominic Golitko 1, John Wolf 1, Isaac Ferrill 1, Braden Whalen 1, Christian Tapia 1, Colton Tischkau 1. RBI: Morrisonville - Ruger Brown 2, Cole Sidwell 2, Will Jenkins 1, Braden Whalen 1, Christian Tapia 1.

May 20 at Morrisonville

Pawnee 002 002 1 5 10 3

Morrisonville 030 010 0 4 4 2

Pitching Statistics

Pawnee IP R ER H K BB

Hennemann 7 4 2 4 10 1

M’ville IP R ER H K BB

Wolf 6 4 2 7 3 1

Jones 1 1 1 3 1 0

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Pawnee - Luke Kratochvil 3-4, Cody Ellis 2-3, Connor Hennemann 2-4; Morrisonville - Cade Bethard 2-3. 2B: Pawnee - Zach Fisher 1, Luke Kratochvil 1; Morrisonville - Cade Bethard 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Cade Bethard 2, Cole Sidwell 1, Braden Whalen 1. RBI: Cade Bethard 2, Will Jenkins 1.

Records: Morrisonville (7-11).

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