After a close call against Pleasant Plains on Wednesday, the Morrisonville High School baseball team picked up their first win of the season on Thursday, April 22, against Lanphier’s JV squad.
The Mohawks would stake starter Michael Jones to a seven run lead in the first two innings, en route to a 10-4 victory over the Lions.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first, after Jones gave up just one hit in the top half of the inning. Will Jenkins reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single by Braden Whalen in the next at-bat.
After a steal of second and a fly out, Whalen scored on a double by Colton Tischkau to make it 2-0. The Mohawks would tack on one more run off a single by John Wolf as Lance Weitekamp scored after courtesy running for Tischkau.
Jones would throw down a quick three strikeout inning to get Morrisonville back up to the plate and his teammates rewarded him with four more runs.
Back-to-back singles by Zake Guzman and Will Jenkins would set up a sacrifice fly by Whalen that made it 4-0 when Guzman crossed home plate.
After a walk to Jones, who was courtesy run for by Logan Farrar, Jenkins scored on a wild pitch, which sent Farrar to second. Tischkau would then double for the second time as he picked up his second RBI and made it a 6-0 game.
Weitekamp would courtesy run for Tischkau again and moved to third on a wild pitch. Wolf would send a fly ball to center field and Morrisonville led 7-0 thanks to the sacrifice fly.
That would be the end of the scoring for a while for the Mohawks, who rotated in JV players throughout the game. After Jones’ two innings on the mound, Whalen, Jenkins and Gabe Armentrout would all pitch for the Mohawks, yielding just four runs on eight hits combined.
Lanphier scored one run in the third and one run in the fifth to narrow the lead to 7-2, but Morrisonville picked up three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The scoring run started with back-to-back errors, which allowed Lucas Reznicek and Jenkins to reach base, followed by a walk to Patrick Lipe to load the bases.
Everyone would move up a base on a wild pitch that allowed Reznicek to score, then Weitekamp doubled to drive in Jenkins and make it 9-2. The final run would come in two batters later when Nate Brockmeyer contributed an RBI ground out that allowed Lipe to score.
The Lions would score twice more in the seventh, but couldn’t cut into the lead further as the Mohawks came away with the six-run win.
Morrisonville would finish with nine hits, led by Tischkau’s two double day, while Weitekamp, Brady Schmedeke and Trenton Watson also had two-baggers in the win.
Jones collected the win on the mound, allowing one hit and striking out five of the seven batters he faced. All told, Morrisonville pitching got 14 of their 21 outs by strikeout.
The day before, Morrisonville lost a close one to Pleasant Plains in a 13-10, 27-hit slugfest in Morrisonville.
Plains struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first, but Morrisonville took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the inning and extended that margin with two more in the second.
The Cardinals retook the lead with six runs in the third, but Morrisonville tied things up in the bottom half of the inning with a two spot.
The tie was brief though as the Cardinals scored three more runs in the fourth and took an 11-8 lead after four innings.
The Mohawks would keep pace with Plains down the stretch, with both teams scoring one in the fifth and one in the seventh, but the three-run surge in the fourth proved to be the difference in the game.
Eleven of Morrisonville’s 12 hits in the game would be singles, with a Braden Whalen double the exception. Whalen would go 3-for-4 on the day with a run scored, one of three Mohawks with multiple hits.
Joining Whalen were Michael Jones, who was 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and Will Jenkins, who was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two more driven in.
Five pitchers would toe the mound for Morrisonville, with Lance Weitekamp taking the loss.
Now 1-4 on the season, Morrisonville starts off the week at home against Gillespie on April 26, followed by road games in Mt. Olive on April 27 and Litchfield on April 28.
April 21 at Morrisonville
Pl. Plains 206 310 1 13 15 3
Morrisonville 422 010 1 10 12 4
Plains IP R ER H K BB
Hamerlinck 1 4 1 3 3 3
O’Donnell 1 3 1 4 0 0
W-Butcher 2.2 2 1 3 4 0
S-Durako 2.1 1 0 2 4 0
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
Tapia 1 2 1 2 1 0
Golitko 1 4 2 2 1 3
L-Weitekamp 1 5 5 5 1 2
Bethard 2.2 1 0 5 1 0
Armentrout 1.1 1 1 1 1 1
*Tapia 1 HBP, Weitekamp 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Michael Jones 4-4, Braden Whalen 3-4, Will Jenkins 2-3; Pleasant Plains - Aiden Hamerlinck 5-5, Cannon Greer 3-5, Eli Nehrt 2-4, Mason Williams 2-5. 2B: Morrisonville - Braden Whalen 1; Pleasant Plains - Aiden Hamerlinck 1. 3B: Pleasant Plains - Mason Williams 1, Aiden Hamerlinck 1. Runs: Dominic Golitko 3, John Wolf 2, Lance Weitekamp 1, Will Jenkins 1, Michael Jones 1, Braden Whalen 1, Gabe Armentrout 1. RBI: Will Jenkins 2, Michael Jones 2.
April 22 at Morrisonville
Lanphier 001 010 2 4 9 3
Morrisonville 340 003 x 10 9 1
Lanphier IP R ER H K BB
L-Supranant 1.2 7 6 6 1 2
Quinn 4.1 3 0 3 7 3
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
W-Jones 2 0 0 1 5 0
Whalen 2 1 0 2 2 3
Jenkins 2 1 1 4 5 1
Armentrout 1 2 2 2 2 3
Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Colton Tischkau 2-2; Lanphier - Link 3-3, Evans 3-4. 2B: Morrisonville - Colton Tischkau 2, Brady Schmedeke 1, Lance Weitekamp 1, Trenton Watson 1; Lanphier - Evans 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Will Jenkins 3, Lance Weitekamp 2, Braden Whalen 1, Patrick Lipe 1, Logan Farrar 1, Zake Guzman 1, Lucas Reznicek 1. RBI: Morrisonville - John Wolf 2, Braden Whalen 2, Colton Tischkau 2, Nate Brockmeyer 1, Lance Weitekamp 1.
Record: Morrisonville (1-4).