A three-run fourth inning by Southwestern negated an early lead for Morrisonville as the Piasa Birds defeated the Mohawks 5-2 on Monday, April 19.
Getting a game in before Tuesday’s snow, which canceled the Mohawks’ scheduled contest against Tri-City, Morrisonville started off with a pair of runs in the opening inning as they searched for their first win of the young 2021 season.
Back-to-back singles by Dominic Golitko and Will Jenkins to start the game set the tone early for the Mohawks, who were facing Southwestern junior Cale Schuchman on the mound.
Golitko moved to third on Jenkins’ single and Jenkins put himself in scoring positition with a steal of second before Schuchman got out number one on a strikeout.
The Mohawks wouldn’t get another runner on base in the inning, but a wild pitch allowed both Golitko and Jenkins to score and make it 2-0 for the visitors.
Southwestern got one run back in the second after Clayton Peuterbaugh doubled and later scored on a wild pitch by Jenkins, the Morrisonville starting pitcher.
A single and a walk after Peuterbaugh’s run spelled trouble for the Mohawks, but Jenkins picked off Parker LeMarr for the third out of the inning to snuff out the rally.
Schuchman calmed down after the two opening hits, retiring 12 of the next 13 batters, with a Ruger Brown two-out single in the second the only blip.
The Piasa Birds would reward Schuchman keeping them in the contest in the bottom of the fourth as they scored three runs, despite not getting a hit in the inning.
After Hank Bouillon walked to lead off the frame, reliever John Wolf struck out Peuterbaugh for out number one. Wolf would hit the next batter, Aaron Frost, but struck out Gabe Hutchens for out number two.
Before the Mohawks could get out of trouble, Colin LeMarr would hit a line drive to center that hit the ground after an error by Morrisonville, allowing Bouillon and Frost to score. LeMarr would also come around in the next at-bat on a passed ball before a ground out ended the inning.
Up 3-2, Southwestern went to John Watts on the mound. The senior reliever would allow a single by Cade Bethard and a double by Ruger Brown in the first two batters he faced, but struck out the next two and Bouillon, the Birds’ catcher, picked Bethard off third for the final out of the inning.
Watts wouldn’t allow another hit and Southwestern gave him an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI double by Hutchens that sewed up the Birds’ first win of the season.
The Mohawks would outhit the Piasa birds 5-4 in the game, with Ruger Brown picking up two hits. John Wolf took the loss, but only one of his four runs allowed were earned and he struck out seven with just one walk.
Weather permitting, Morrisonville will finish the week with home games on April 21 against Pleasant Plains, April 22 against Lanphier and April 24 against Arthur-Okaw Christian.
April 19 at Brighton
Morrisonville 200 000 0 2 5 1
Southwestern 010 301 x 5 4 1
M’ville IP R ER H K BB
Jenkins 2.0 1 1 2 1 1
L-Wolf 4.0 4 1 2 7 1
*Wolf 2 HBP
S’western IP R ER H K BB
W-Schuchman 4.0 2 2 3 3 0
S-Watts 3.0 0 0 2 4 0
Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Ruger Brown 2-3. 2B: Morrisonville - Ruger Brown 1; Southwestern - Gabe Hutchens 1, Clayton Peuterbaugh 1. Runs: Morrisonville - Dominic Golitko 1, Will Jenkins 1; Southwestern - Hank Bouillon 1, Clayton Peuterbaugh 1, Aaron Frost 1, Gavin Humm 1, Colin LeMarr 1. RBI: Southwestern - Gabe Huchens 1.
Records: Morrisonville (0-3); Southwestern (1-1).