Hawks Narrowly Edged By Elsberry
The Clopton Hawks were narrowly edged by Elsberry following a seventh-inning surge by the Indians.
The Hawks fell 5-4 at Elsberry on Monday, April 17. While the Indians struck first in the bottom of the first frame with a run, Clopton answered in the top of the second to tie the score.
The teams went scoreless through the next two innings until the top of the fifth when the Hawks went ahead with a pair of runs and tacked on a tally in the sixth for a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh where Elsberry rattled the bats and put four runs on the board for the win.
Complete stats were not available for the game as of press time.
The Hawks were unable to get anything going against North Callaway last week in a 9-1 loss on Tuesday, April 11.
Coach Craig Smith said the team is struggling now. He pointed out the success of the basketball team put the program behind for baseball. He said the rain-outs let the team catch up on hitting practice, but the defense has struggled.
“I believe this group will find a way to overcome the adversity and will be playing their best baseball come district time.”
Clopton managed five hits against the T-Birds. Blake Kendall was 2-3 with an RBI. The team also got hits from Landon Hall, Dalton Strus, Mark Frank and Stephen Talbert (who scored the team’s run).
Kevin Hammett, Strus and Maleek McPike pitched for the Hawks.
The Hawks also squared off with Montgomery County last week but came up short in the 6-3 loss.
Clopton will travel to Community R-VI today (Tuesday, April 18).
Bobcats Defeat Tigers; Drop Games To Montgomery, Macon
The Bowling Green Bobcats are even on the season at 5-5 with a victory over Mark Twain and losses to Winfield and Montgomery County last week.
The Bobcats also squared off with Macon on Monday, April 17 and fell 2-1 in eight innings.
Bowling Green came up just short against Winfield 9-8 on Monday, April 10.
Things were looking good for the Cats as they held a 7-5 lead over the Warriors at the top of the seventh inning after snagging the lead in the second.
The Bobcats had three hits. Josh Gibson racked up three RBIs and scored a run, Lane Sutton had two RBIs and scored a run. Kameron Worley and Alex Chilson recorded RBIS and Dylan Huber had a hit and scored three times for Bowling Green.
Stephen Merz went five innings on the mound and allowed five runs on four hits, struck out three and walked two. Trey Nichols pitched two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and struck out three.
Bowling Green went ahead in the second inning scoring five runs. They added a run in the third and another in the fifth. Winfield notched three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth before putting up four runs in the seventh. The Warriors finished the game with eight hits.
The Bobcats fell to Montgomery County 9-2 on Tuesday, April 11. Bowling Green snapped a four-game slide with a 15-5 victory over Mark Twain at home on Friday, April 14.
Bowling Green travels to Silex today (Tuesday, April 18) and will host Van-Far on Thursday, April 20 in a game that will be featured on TribCast.
Owls Come Up Short Against Mark Twain, Wright City
The Silex Owls came up empty in a pair of road games last week, falling to Mark Twain on Tuesday and Wright City on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Owls fell behind the Tigers 2-0 after Mark Twain tallied single runs in the first and second innings.
Silex came back with a run of their own in the top of the third, only to surrender two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Each team scored twice in the fourth and the Owls notched a run in the fifth, but couldn’t pull any closer, suffering their first loss of the season.
Wyatt Gruenloh and Brian Henke drove in runs for the Owls against Mark Twain and Colton Groshong had two hits, including a double in the setback. Groshong also stole two bases for the Owls.
The Owls traveled to Wright City on Thursday, falling to the Wildcats 13-3.
Silex tied the game 3-3 with three runs in the top of the third inning, but the Wildcats scored six times in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Silex will host Bowling Green today (Tuesday, April 18). The Owls will also compete in the Community R-VI Tournament on Saturday, April 22
Indians Trounce Marion County; Suffer Losses To Elsberry, Mark Twain
Van-Far kicked off the week with a convincing 18-5 victory over Marion County but ran into trouble with Elsberry and Mark Twain last week.
The Indians defeated Marion County on Monday, April 10. Brayden McMillen had a memorable game that included a bases-loaded home run and ended the game 3-3 with five RBIs. Caden Wilburn picked up his first home run in a 2-2 day. Logan Wilson was also 2-2 for the day with two RBIs.
Wilson got the win on the mound with three innings of work. He gave up one earned run on four hits, walked two and struck out four. Riley Culwell and Sam Middletown each pitched an inning for the Indians.
Van-Far got on the board first against the Mustangs with three runs in the first and added two more in the second. Marion County plated a singe run in the second. The Indians exploded with nine runs in the fourth inning and tacked on four more runs in the fifth. Marion County was able to score four in the fifth, but the damage was done. The Indians had 11 hits in the game and had one error.
Van-Far came up just short against Elsberry on Tuesday, April 11 in a 6-5 loss.
Elsberry scored a run in each of the first two innings. Van-Far responded with two runs in the top of the third, but Elsberry responded with a pair of runs and tacked on one more in the fourth for a 5-2 lead. Van-Far score in the top of the fifth and added two more in the seventh but it wasn’t enough.
The Indians had five hits and each team committed four errors in the game.
Treyson Culwell pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up six runs on six hits, walked three and struck out seven. He was also 2-2 with two RBIs.
Josh Hodde was 2-3 with a run and two stolen bases. Nathan Beatty also picked up an RBI in the loss.
Van-Far fell 13-4 to Mark Twain on Thursday, April 13. Pitcher Josh Hodde was throwing a no-hitter before a season-ending injury. Coach Wes Rowden said the wheels came off following the injury. Up to that point he had struck out 12 batters.
The Indians scored runs in the second, third and fifth for a 4-1 lead going into the sixth when Mark Twain put five runs on the board and added seven more in the seventh.
Riley Culwell was 2-2 with two RBIs. Cameron Barse was 2-3 with an RBI and Nathan Beatty registered a hit in the loss.
Van-Far travels to Montgomery County today (Tuesday, April 18) and will host Bowling Green on Thursday, April 20.
Bulldogs Fall To Highland
Louisiana was shutout for the fifth time this season on Monday, falling to Highland 5-0 at home.
The Bulldogs managed just one hit, a Hunter Feldewerth single, against the Cougars. The Bulldogs also had three base runners in the loss.
Highland took advantage of five Bulldog errors to score five runs on just six hits.
The Cougars jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the top of the first on just one hit, added a single run in the fourth, then tallies in the sixth and seventh innings.
Starter Remington Feldewerth struck out three batters and allowed two earned runs while throwing 85 pitches in six innings of work.
Remington was named the Community State Bank TribCast Player of the Game.
Last Tuesday Zach Ellsworth drove in the only Louisiana run with a hit, but the Bulldogs fell to Elsberry 12-1.
Hunter Feldewerth had the other hit for Louisiana.
The Indians scored the first 12 runs of the game before the Louisiana tally in the top of the fifth and final inning of the game.
The Bulldogs were shut out for the second time this season by Macon on Thursday, a 7-0 loss to the Tigers on the road. The Bulldogs were held to just one hit in defeat, a single by Remington Feldewerth.
Tyler Pedersen drew a walk and was the only other Bulldog hitter to reach in the game.
The Bulldogs are slated to host South Shelby on Thursday, April 20. The game against Highland was featured on TribCast at www.thepeoplestribune.com.