Two late runs by Highland boosted them past Northmor on Monday by a 6-4 margin. The Scots led 2-1 after the first inning and by a 4-1 margin entering the bottom of the fourth inning.
However, the host Knights scored one in that frame and two more in the fifth to tie the score before Highland scored once in the sixth and added a run in the seventh to finish on top by two.
Conner Ulrey picked up the win for Highland, striking out seven and giving up eight hits. Lane Ballard finished with four hits, including a double; while Justin Robinson added two singles and Chase Beam cracked a solo home run that gave the Scots the lead for good in the sixth.
For Northmor, Bryan Hammond suffered the loss. He struck out four, walked three and surrendered 10 hits. Both he and Jordan Wiseman hit doubles in the contest.
Highland continued their winning ways in the MOAC with an 11-4 win at home against Centerburg Tuesday. The Scots trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but scored five in the second and one in both the third and fourth frames to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Max Schreiber got the win to improve to 6-0 on the season. He struck out five, walked two and gave up six hits. Offensively, Ballard, Shane Carney and Wyatt Gresh combined for six hits and six RBIs. Ballard had three of those hits, including a two-run double. Ulrey also had a double and single.
Highland then topped East Knox by a 10-3 margin on Friday. The Scots scored three in the first inning and never trailed in the game. A three-run third brought the Bulldogs within a 7-3 margin early in the game, but Highland got one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull away for the win.
Ulrey pitched five innings to claim his fifth win of the year, while Mack Anglin finished the contest. Beam had four hits, including a double. Robinson also hit a double early in the game, as he, Beam, Andrew Stillwell, Gresh and Jacob Fox scored runs in the first two innings to stake the Scots to an early 5-0 lead.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead survived a pitchers’ duel to edge Cardington by a 1-0 margin on Wednesday.
The host Indians scored one run in the bottom of the second inning and made it hold up in the contest. Noah Arrington struck out three and scattered four hits to grab the shutout victory. While the Indians only got two hits in the game, Tyler Conners cracked a double and scored the team’s run.
For Cardington, Devin Pearl took the hard-luck loss. He struck out five and walked three, while also hitting a triple. Nate Craig had two singles, while Daniel Kill cracked a double.
Mount Gilead fell to Centerburg 4-3 in a home league game on Thursday. The Indians trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, but scored twice to get within one. Unfortunately, they would not be able to get closer, as both teams scored once in the sixth inning to provide the rest of the run production in the game.
Zack Foster suffered the loss, giving up eight hits in six innings. Cory Conant also pitched in the game. Offensively, Jake Wayt had a double and single, while Conners added a double.
Mount Gilead split a Saturday doubleheader with Northridge, winning the first game 6-2, but falling in the second.
Dustin McAvoy pitched a complete game to win the first contest, striking out five, while walking two and surrendering four hits. Offensively, the team backed him up with seven hits, including three by Alex Coder.
In the second game, the Indians fell by a 13-7 margin. Cory Conant, Conners and Tyler Bland combined to strike out three and walk five, while giving up 16 hits. Conant was the pitcher of record.
The team tallied 11 hits, with Evan Edwards picking up two singles and two doubles. Coder had two singles, while Conners added a double.
Northmor lost a wild one to Lucas on Tuesday by a 12-9 margin. The Knights trailed 6-1 after two inning, but bounced back to take a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. However, the Cubs scored two in the fourth and fifth to take a three-run lead. Both team scored twice in the sixth, as Lucas held on for the win.
Jordan Wiseman and Gunnar Lilly combined to strike out seven and walk four, but gave up 12 hits. The Knights added 10 hits in the game, with Tyler Kegley having a double and single and both Bryan Hammond and Conan Becker finishing with two singles. Also, Nate Hall hit a home run and Wiseman finished with a single.
Northmor had a rough day at Fredericktown Wednesday, as they were no-hit in an 18-0 loss. While the Knights only surrendered eight hits in the game, they walked nine batters and committed five errors.
Sam Eichorn, Mostyn Evans, Nate Hall and Kegley pitched in the game for the Knights, with Eichorn striking out two batters.
Competing in the Hillsdale Tournament on Saturday, Northmor opened their day with a 7-1 win over Lucas. The Knights scored four runs in the second inning and never trailed in the contest, as Jake Farley went the distance, striking out eight, walking three and giving up four hits.
Offensively, the Knights tallied five runs on four hits, thanks to Lucas committing four errors. Kegley had a double and single for the Knights.
In the second game, Northmor lost to the host team by a 3-1 score. Hillsdale scored all three of their runs in the second inning. Northmor scored once in the fourth, but would not be able to get closer than a two-run margin.
Kyle Kegley suffered the loss for the Knights, who were held to a pair of singles in the game. He struck out one, walked two and gave up three hits.
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