By Rob Hamilton
Five runs in the middle innings boosted Cardington to a 7-5 win over Mount Gilead on Monday in baseball.
After scoring twice in the first inning, Cardington surrendered three runs in the top of the fourth to fall behind by one. However, they would tally three in the bottom of that frame and get two more in the fifth. While the Indians scored twice in the top of the sixth, they would not get closer than a two-run margin.
Daniel Kill picked up the win for Cardington, while Tyler Bland suffered the loss for MG. Cardington got two hits each from Dylan Etgen, Austin Edgell and Nico Wade, with Etgen getting a double and two stolen bases in the game. Devin Pearl added a triple.
A late comeback propelled Northmor past host Elgin by a 5-4 margin on Monday.
Northmor led 2-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, but gave up four runs in that frame to fall behind. However, they tied the game with two runs in the fourth inning and then scored a fifth in the top of the seventh to edge their hosts.
Sam Eichorn got the win in relief of Kyle Kegley. The two pitchers combined to strike out six, walk five and give up six hits.
Offensively, Wyatt Reeder had a double and two singles, Nate Hall had a double and single, Alijah Keen added two singles and Tyler Kegley tallied a double.
“Another back and forth game that we were able to do just enough,” said head coach Buck Workman. “Kyle kept us in it and Sam came in to pick up his third win on the year. Our defense played really well and made some nice plays behind our pitchers.”
Centerburg defeated Highland in a pitcher’s duel on Monday, edging their hosts 1-0.
The only run surrendered by the Scots was an unearned one in the second inning. Mack Anglin fell to 2-1 with the loss despite not having given up any earned runs in 19 innings of work this year. Kyle Munday added a scoreless seventh inning.
Offensively, though, Highland could only tally three three hits and weren’t able to light up the scoreboard.
“It’s very tough to waste good pitching outings from Mack and Kyle,” said head coach Don Cline. “In a conference as balanced as ours, there are no off nights. If you don’t bring your ‘A’ game every night, it will be a long season.”
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