One of the best traditions in Illinois High School baseball has to be the Morrisonville baseball team's annual spring trip.
An exercise in team bonding and growing a love of baseball, the Mohawks make a yearly pilgrimage to some exotic locale, like Springfield, MO, Memphis, TN, or in this year's case, Louisville, KY.
But before the team checked out the bats (at the Louisville Slugger Museum) and the Bats (the Louisville-based Triple A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds), the Mohawks had some playing to do as they took on Waterloo en route to Kentucky.
The Bulldogs, who employ former Morrisonville basketball coach Dane Walter as their head basketball coach, would prove to be a tough test as they defeated the Mohawks 6-0 in seven innings.
Morrisonville was held to just two hits as Andrew Skinner contributed a two-out single in the third and Dade Pitchford added a one-out single in the sixth. Neither Skinner nor Pitchford made it past second base.
Waterloo would plate three runs in the third inning, a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth as they scored their 12th win of the year.
Dustin Crawford would get the win, allowing one hit and striking out five batters in four innings, while Skinner would take the loss, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk.
Now back in the Land of Lincoln, Morrisonville will have a busy week ahead of them if they can ward off the raindrops. They are scheduled to play Central A&M on Monday, April 29, in Morrisonville, followed by a home-and-home series with Tri-City in Buffalo on Tuesday, April 30, and in Morrisonville on Thursday, May 2.
April 27 at Waterloo
Morrisonville 000 000 0 0 2 4
Waterloo 003 120 x 6 7 2
Morrisonville IP R ER H K BB
L-Skinner 3 3 1 5 0 1
Spurgeon 1 3 1 2 0 4
Wolf 2 0 0 0 3 1
Waterloo IP R ER H K BB
W-Crawford 4 0 0 1 5 2
Hausmann 2 0 0 1 3 1
Albrecht 1 0 0 0 2 0
Multiple Hits: Waterloo - Ty Kueper (2-4, 1R). 2B: Waterloo - Nathan Albrecht 1.
Records: Morrisonville (6-13); Waterloo (12-5).