With the field still showing signs of the rain showers that pushed Morrisonville's regional debut back a day, the Mohawks finally got back on the field on Thursday, May 16, to take on Pawnee in the Morrisonville Regional semifinal.
The Mohawks were looking to take the rubber game of the series between themselves and the Indians, with the two rivals splitting during the regular season, 6-3 in Morrisonville's favor and 7-5 in Pawnee's.
On Thursday, though, it would be the Indians who would launch the last attack as they scored eight unanswered runs to beat the Mohawks 8-1 and advance to Saturday's regional championship.
Playing on their rain-soaked home field, Morrisonville got the first four batters on base safely as Andrew Skinner singled, Shawn Goebel was hit by a pitch, Dade Pitchford singled and Sam Herman was hit by a pitch. Herman's plunking would push Skinner across home plate and would give Morrisonville the first run of the game.
Pawnee starter Zach Fisher would settle down after that, striking out the next three batters as the Mohawks stranded the bases loaded in the first.
The lead would prove to be short-lived as Pawnee rallied for three runs in the second, all of which came with two outs. After a leadoff single by Jack Kratochvil, Morrisonville starter Andrew Skinner got the next two outs on a strikeout and a grounder to short.
But two doubles and a single would put the Indians on the board as they led 3-1 midway through the second.
Morrisonville would get one hit in each of the next six innings, but never sent more than four batters to the plate as Fisher and reliever Jackson Bland combined for six shutout innings.
Offensively, the Indians would continue to add on runs, scoring one in the third and two in the fourth off Kyle Bloome and one in both the fifth and sixth off Wyatt Spurgeon. John Wolf would close out the game on the mound with a scoreless top of the seventh, but Bland followed suit and kept the Mohawks off the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning.
Pawnee would outhit the Mohawks 11-8, with Andrew Skinner doing his best to continue his senior season. Skinner, who graduated from Morrisonville's co-op partner, Lincolnwood, the following day, went 3-for-4 with one run scored.
Dade Pitchford, the only other senior on the team and another Lincolnwood grad, would go 1-for-3 with a walk in his final appearance, while Shawn Goebel, Sam Herman, Michael Jones and Devin Brown also picked up hits in the loss.
Morrisonville finished the year with a record of 7-19, while Pawnee improved to 10-8. The Indians would lose a narrow contest to Greenfield/Northwestern on Saturday, by a 7-6 margin, for the regional title.
May 16 at Morrisonville
Class 1A Regional Semifinal
Pawnee 031 211 0 8 11 0
Morrisonville 100 000 0 1 8 3
Pawnee IP R ER H K BB
W-Fisher 5.2 1 1 7 8 2
Bland 1.1 0 0 1 2 0
*Fisher 2 HBP
Morrisonville IP R ER H K BB
L-Skinner 2 3 3 5 2 0
Bloome 2 2 1 2 2 2
Spurgeon 2 2 1 2 2 1
Wolf 1 0 0 0 3 1
Multiple Hits: Pawnee - Connor Hennemann (3-4, 2R, 1RBI), Luke Kratochvil (2-4, 1R, 2RBI), Zach Fisher (2-5, 1R, 1RBI); Morrisonville - Andrew Skinner (3-4, 1R). 2B: Pawnee - Connor Hennemann 2, Zach Fisher 1, A.J. Gary 1, Luke Kratochvil 1.
Records: Morrisonville (7-19); Pawnee (10-8).