A quick start helped the Morrisonville High School baseball team secure it’s sixth win of the season on Wednesday, May 12, in Morrisonville
The Mohawks scored five runs in the first two innings and outhit Arthur Okaw Christian 10-3 as they defeated the Conquering Riders 9-3 in seven innings.
After starting pitcher Gabe Armentrout set the Riders down in order on three strikeouts, the Mohawks provided plenty of run support in the bottom half of the inning.
Armentrout led off the frame with a single, followed by a single by Ruger Brown and a double by Lance Weitekamp that plated the leadoff batter. Back-to-back errors off batted balls from Michael Jones and Logan Farrar would add on another run as Brown scored to make it 2-0. A fielder’s choice from Christian Tapia would make it a 3-0 game before Okaw Christian got out of the inning.
After another one-two-three inning by Armentrout, Morrisonville scored two more runs to make it 5-0 after two innings.
A walk to Cole Sidwell brought Armentrout back to the plate and the freshman came up with his second hit of the day. With Sidwell’s courtesy runner, Zake Guzman, on second and Armentrout’s courtesy runner, Bryce Wolf, on first, Connor Seelbach singled to left field, allowing Guzman to score and Wolf to move to third. A walk to Trenton Watson loaded the bases and two batters later Wolf scored on a ground out to make it 5-0.
Armentrout would not allow a hit in the third either, but did hit a batter for the Riders’ first baserunner of the game. He would yield the mound to Patrick Lipe in the fourth inning and Okaw Christian would get on the scoreboard for the first time with back-to-back walks and a two-run double by Josh Goodwin that made it 5-2.
Cole Sidwell would come on to pitch in the fifth inning after a scoreless bottom half of the fourth and struck out the side in his opening frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Morrisonville scored two more runs on a single by Braden Whalen that scored Cade Bethard and John Wolf, who were hit by a pitch and walked to start the inning.
Following a one-two-three inning, Morrisonville added two more runs, with Logan Farrar drawing a walk and eventually scoring on a passed ball and Gabe Armentrout contributing an RBI single that scored Lucas Reznicek after Reznicek singled earlier in the inning.
Up 9-2, Sidwell would look to close out the victory in his third inning on the mound. The Riders scored once after a single, a stolen base, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly, but the Mohawk senior shut down further attempts at a rally with a ground out and his sixth strikeout to end the game.
Armentrout would earn the victory on the mound, matching Sidwell with six strikeouts and also had three hits, an RBI and a run scored.
The win improved Morrisonville’s record to 6-8 on the season, but two losses to South Central Conference squads bumped that mark back to four games under .500. The losses to Pana and Staunton were the final ones against SCC teams on the Mohawk schedule, a welcome sight as the Mohawks are 0-5 against the conference.
Pana would beat Morrisonville 11-1 in six innings on Friday, May 14, with the Panthers scoring two runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and four in the sixth to set up the 10-run rule. Morrisonville’s only run came in the first, without the benefit of a hit, as Dominic Golitko walked, stole second and moved around two more bases on passed balls.
Christian Tapia broke up Sam Beck’s no-hit bid in the fourth with a single to center, but that would be Morrisonville’s only hit of the game as Beck, Bryce Bieber and Brenden Schoonover combined for an eight strikeout, four-walk one-hitter.
Michael Jones took the loss on the mound, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. Tapia would come on in relief, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in three and two-thirds innings, with four strikeouts on the day.
The Staunton game on Saturday would have a similar pattern, with the Bulldogs spacing out their runs in a 10-0 five-inning victory in Staunton.
The Bulldogs scored three runs in each of the first three innings, then added on a solo tally in the fifth to end the game by the mercy rule.
Staunton’s Zach Ury and Frank Goss held Morrisonville to just three hits while striking out five, with Ury posting four of the five Ks.
Morrisonville’s first hit came in the second at-bat of the game as Will Jenkins reached first on a bunt single, moving Dominic Golitko, who walked, up to second base. It looked as if the Mohawks might get on the board first, but a ground out and a double play ended the rally and Staunton capitalized over the next several innings.
Braden Whalen and Ruger Brown had the other two hits for the Mohawks, both singles, coming in the second and the fourth innings.
Morrisonville opens up next week with an MSM Conference home-and-home series as they play at Pawnee on Monday, May 17, followed by a home game against the Indians on May 19.