The Morrisonville/Lincolnwood baseball team closed out the 2019 Montgomery County Baseball Tournament on a high note by capturing third place with a 10-7 victory over Litchfield on Saturday, April 13, in Hillsboro.
The back-and-forth affair would see the lead change three times before Morrisonville plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good.
Litchfield plated two runs with two outs in the top of the first to take an early lead on the Mohawks. Brady Bishop singled to lead off the game and moved to second on a steal and third on a fly out to right.
With two outs, Nick Braasch singled to score Bishop and put the first run on the board. Jeremy Frazier would follow that up with a walk and Blaine Stewart would single to load the bases. Braasch would score on an error by the Mohawks before Morrisonville starter Michael Jones got out of the inning.
The Mohawks would strike quickly to get back into the ball game as Andrew Skinner singled and Shawn Goebel doubled in Morrisonville’s first two at-bats. Evan Hopper would drive home Skinner with a single and Goebel would score one batter later on a passed ball.
After the tough start, Litchfield starting pitcher Clayton Walch settled down and got the final three outs with no further damage as the score stood at 2-2.
In the second, Litchfield retook the lead without getting a base hit as two errors allowed Drew Hartzell and Blake Rentz to reach base, with Hartzell scoring on the second error and Rentz touching home two batters later on a ground out by Jacob Frerichs.
The Mohawks got some good fortune of their own in the bottom of the second when Devin Brown reached first on a dropped third strike and later scored on a single by Shawn Goebel to make it 4-3.
After Jones avoided trouble in the top half of the third, Dade Pitchford tied the game as he doubled to lead off the inning, took third on a ground out and scored on an RBI fly out by Jhadyn Walker.
Morrisonville would put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth inning to take their first lead of the game. Cole Sidwell singled in the second at-bat of the inning, but Walch got the first and third batters to pop up to first base.
Shawn Goebel kept the inning alive with a double and Sidwell scored on an error by the Litchfield third baseman, which also allowed Goebel to move to third. Evan Hopper would then score Goebel as he reached base on another Litchfield error. After Hopper stole second, Dade Pitchford capped off the rally with a double to center field that plated Hopper and made it a 7-4 Morrisonville lead.
Litchfield would chip away at the margin over the next two innings, getting one run on an RBI single by Chase Hires that scored Nick Braasch, who singled to start off the fifth inning.
After Walch set down the Mohawks 1-2-3 in the fifth, Litchfield tied things up with two runs in the sixth. Brady Bishop singled and Jacob Frerichs walked before Morrisonville reliever Kyle Bloome struck out Billy Beckham for out number one.
Out number two came on a ground out by Nick Braasch, but Bishop scored on the play after he and Frerichs moved up a base in the last at-bat by a balk. Frerichs also scored on the play after an error by the Mohawks.
With the game tied at 7-7, Morrisonville made their move in the bottom half of the sixth. Singles by Jhett Walker and Andrew Skinner, plus a walk by Evan Hopper, gave Morrisonville the bases loaded with one out. After fouling off the first pitch, Dade Pitchford doubled for the third time in the game, scoring all three runners to make it 10-7.
Litchfield would get the tying run to the plate in the top of the seventh after Blaine Stewart and Chase Hires singled to start the inning, but a ground ball to third base started the 5-3 double play and Bloome struck out the final batter of the game to secure the win.
The Mohawks would outhit the Panthers 11-10, with Pitchford leading the way with a 3-for-4 day and five RBIs. Shawn Goebel also had three hits and two runs scored, while Andrew Skinner was 2-for-4 with two runs to his credit.
Brady Bishop led Litchfield with a 3-for-4 day and two runs scored, while Nick Braasch, Blaine Stewart and Chase Hires all had two hits apiece.
Kyle Bloome would get the win in relief, allowing just two hits and striking out two in two innings of work. Michael Jones allowed eight hits and seven runs (two earned) in five innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Clayton Walch would go all six innings for the Panthers, allowing ten runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.
Weather permitting, Morrisonville will start the week on Tuesday, April 16, at Mt. Olive, followed by the Wildcats making the return trip to Morrisonville on Thursday, April 18. Litchfield has five consecutive home games scheduled for Monday through Friday, starting with Roxana on April 15, Carlinville on April 16, and Nokomis on April 17.
April 13 at Hillsboro
Montgomery County Tournament
Third Place Game
Litchfield 220 012 0 7 10 2
Morrisonville 211 303 x 10 11 6
Litchfield IP R ER H K BB
L-Walch 6 10 5 11 2 2
Morrisonville IP R ER H K BB
Jones 5 7 2 8 5 3
W-Bloome 2 0 0 2 2 0
Multiple Hits: Litchfield - Brady Bishop (3-4, 2R), Chase Hires (2-3, 1RBI), Blaine Stewart (2-4), Nick Braasch (2-4, 1R, 2RBI); Morrisonville - Dade Pitchford (3-4, 1R, 5RBI), Shawn Goebel (3-4, 2R, 1RBI), Andrew Skinner (2-4, 2R). 2B: Morrisonville - Dade Pitchford 3, Shawn Goebel 2.
Records: Morrisonville (5-10), Litchfield (3-9).