Big First Sinks Mohawks At Warrensburg

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A six-run first inning by Warrensburg-Latham erased a 1-0 lead for Morrisonville and kept the Mohawks from their fourth win of the season on Saturday, April 6, in Warrensburg.

The Cardinals’ six-run first would come on the heels of a one-run first by the Mohawks. The run came after Evan Hopper walked, then scored on a single by Dade Pitchford. Morrisonville would also get a double from Sam Herman and loaded the bases when Isaac Ferrill was hit by a pitch, but Cardinal starter Brayden Closs got the final out to end the threat.

As good as Morrisonville’s first inning went, Warrensburg-Latham’s would be six times better. The Cardinals got two singles, two doubles and two walks in the inning to roll up six runs in the first and take a five run lead.

Wyatt Spurgeon, who came on in relief of Evan Hopper to get the final two outs of the first, shut the Cardinals down after the first inning. Spurgeon would allow just four hits and a walk in the final five innings of the game as he kept Warrensburg-Latham at six runs.

Offensively, the Mohawks cut into the lead in the fifth inning, getting one run on three straight singles by Hopper, Pitchford and Herman. They would make it a three-run game in the sixth inning after a single by Dalton Thomas, a walk to Michael Jones and a hit by Andrew Skinner that was mishandled by the pitcher and allowed Thomas to score.

The Cardinals would get out of the inning with a double play and kept the Mohawks from scoring in the seventh as they handed Morrisonville the 6-3 loss.

Both Pitchford and Herman would go 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss, while Dalton Thomas and Hopper had the other two hits.

Morrisonville will look to get back on track on Monday, April 8, when they travel to Vandalia, followed by a home game against Pawnee on Tuesday, April 9.

The Morrisonville/Lincolnwood baseball team will also be playing a game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday, June 6, after the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds. To raise money for the trip, the players are selling tickets to the Cardinals' game for $25 apiece for lower left field box and left field box seats. The ticket will get you into the Cardinal game and into the Morrisonville game after it. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact any Mohawk baseball player or Morrisonville or Lincolnwood high school.

April 6 at Warrensburg

Morrisonville 100 011 0 3 6 1

W'burg/Latham 600 000 x 6 8 2

Pitching Statistics

Morrisonville IP R ER H K BB

L-Hopper 0.1 6 5 4 0 3

Spurgeon 5.2 0 0 4 1 1

W-L IP R ER H K BB

W-Closs 5 2 2 5 8 2

Short 1 1 0 1 0 2

*Closs 2 HBP

Batting Statistics

Multiple Hits: Morrisonville - Dade Pitchford (2-4, 1RBI), Sam Herman (2-4, 1RBI); Warrensburg-Latham (2-3, 1R, 2RBI). 2B: Morrisonville - Sam Herman 1; Warrensburg-Latham - Brendan Taylor 1, Josh Newton 1.

Records: Morrisonville (3-8).

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