The Nokomis Redskins started a busy week of baseball on Monday, April 8, as they traveled to Shelbyville, and picked up their fourth win of the year, a 4-2 victory over the Rams.
Nick Mascher started on the mound for the Skins and got off to a good start, throwing three scoreless innings to start the game.
Despite the strong start from Mascher, the Skins were unable to put any runs on the board through those first three innings, sending the game into the fourth inning still knotted at zero.
But just when the Redskin bats came alive and scored two runs in the top half of the fourth, Shelbyville answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half.
Both teams would go silent the next two innings, and send the game into the seventh inning with the score still tied at two.
Shelbyville’s starting pitcher was pulled after the sixth inning and the Skins took advantage, scoring two runs and giving themselves a bit of a cushion for the final three outs.
Evan Herpstrieth, who came in relief for Mascher after the fourth inning, continued the dominance he’d shown the previous two innings and closed the game out, giving the Skins a 4-2 road win.
Herpstrieth was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits and striking out three in his three innings of shutout work. Mascher gave up two runs on only three hits in his four innings of work, as well as going 2-3 from the plate with two runs-batted-in. Drew Masset also had two hits and drove in a run. The win moved the Redskins to 4-3 on the season.
The Skins were right back in action on Wednesday, April 10, beating the Taylorville Tornadoes 5-0.
Nokomis didn’t take long to get on the board, as Alex Tosetti led off the game with a base hit, and would later come around to score.
With an early one-run cushion, Drew Masset took the mound for the Redskins and was tough for the Tornadoes to figure out.
Masset threw five shutout innings, giving up only two hits and striking out ten batters.
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The only problem was the Redskin offense went cold, not producing any more runs since that first inning. Up 1-0 going into the sixth inning, the Skins scratched out another run with two outs, upping their lead to two.
Carter Sabol relieved Masset in the sixth, and walked the bases loaded to give Taylorville hope. But Sabol got a groundout to end the threat, and the Skins would add three insurance runs in the seventh.
Sabol sat the Tornadoes down in order to end the game at 5-0. Sabol, Ryan Janssen and Alex Tosetti would all have multiple hits for Nokomis, who moves to 5-3 on the season after starting the year with three straight losses.
They will pick back up on Thursday with Pana, followed by the Montgomery County Tournament on Saturday.
April 8 at Shelbyville
Nokomis 000 200 2 4 8 2
Shelbyville 000 200 0 2 5 1
Nokomis IP R ER H K BB
W-Herpstreith 3 0 0 2 3 2
Shelbyville IP R ER H K BB
L-Pullen 6 3 3 6 6 1
Multiple Hits: Nokomis - Drew Masset (2-4, 1R, 1RBI), Nick Mascher (2-3, 2RBI); Shelbyville - Bryant (2-2).
Records: Nokomis (4-3), Shelbyville (7-7).
April 10 at Taylorville
Nokomis 100 001 3 5 9 2
Taylorville 000 000 0 0 2 2
Nokomis IP R ER H K BB
W-Masset 5 0 0 2 10 2
S-Sabol 2 0 0 0 2 3
Taylorville IP R ER H K BB
L-Taylor 3 1 1 4 2 0
Multiple Hits: Nokomis - Alex Tosetti (3-4, 1R), Ryan Janssen (2-4, 1R, 1RBI), Carter Sabol (2-4). 2B: Nokomis - Alex Tosetti 1; Taylorville - Will Kettlekamp 1. 3B: Nokomis - Tyler Herpstreith 1.
Records: Nokomis (5-3), Taylorville (9-4).