Harris-Stowe State Hornets Win American Midwest Conference Opener 13-3 Over Trojans

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his afternoon the Harris-Stowe Hornets Baseball team had their American Midwest Conference opener against the Hannibal-LaGrange Trojans at Stars Park.  The Hornets offense was able to bang 18 hits and cruise to a 13-3 victory.  The win moves the Hornets to 13-4 on the season and 1-0 in the AMC.  The loss drops the Trojans to 2-9 overall and 0-4 in AMC play.  Head Coach CJ Bilbrey on today’s victory, “We did a really good job of responding to early Hannibal runs.  We were able to get one run back as soon as we got down 2-0 and helped kill momentum on their side.  Offensively we had to really grind the first time through the lineup, then we were able to finally start moving runners and getting big hits.  Zach Jones came through with a big hustling double to shallow right field to tie the game up in the fourth inning.  Stephen Wells gave us a quality start and pitched out of a big jam in the sixth inning.  Jared Corbett made a heck of a play at third base to give us a double play ball to get us out of the inning.”

The game was started on the mound with sophomore Stephen Wells.  Wells went 6 innings allowing 3 runs and working around 11 hits.  Wells gave up two runs on a hit through the middle with two outs in the top of the third.  The Hornets responded in the bottom of the third as Brendan Claus stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error from the catcher.  Arsalaan Alvi doubled to right field to cut the score to 2-1.  The Hornets scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Hornets a 5-2 lead.  Zach Jones had a hustling double to tie the game 2-2.  Jared Corbett then hit his first of two doubles in the game to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead.  After a PJ Roberts base hit, Alvi hit another double to make the score 5-2 going into the fifth inning.

Dylan Yankle got a hit with one out in the top of the fifth inning.  Leobardo Saldivar Jr. followed him with another hit.  After a caught stealing at third base and a 2 out walk by Jones, Greg Carter walked with the bases loaded to give the Hornets a 6-2 lead.  In the top of the 6th inning the Trojans were able to load the bases up with no one out because of some bad luck.  After a fly ball to make the score 6-3, Wells was able to pitch out of the situation as Jared Corbett was able to make a play on a tough hop to his left to start a 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.  The bottom of the 6th the Hornets were not able to score a run.  In the 7th inning Dion Herron entered the game on the mound.  He would go 2 scoreless inning allowing no hits.  Harris-Stowe would score 5 runs in the bottom of the 6thDaylen Pajimola would come through with an RBI pinch hit and the Hornets led 11-3 going into the 8th inning.  In the bottom of the 8th inning Jones reached on a 2 out walk before Corbett would hit a double to the left centerfield wall.  Pajimola was able to get the runs in with an error by the Trojan infielder.  Both runs would score and the Hornets won 13-3 as they mercy ruled the Trojans in 8 innings.

 

Game Notes:

  • Next game is tomorrow at Starts Park vs HLG Trojans in a double header.  First game is set for 12:00pm.  Family Day will follow the game.
  • Hornets entered the game 3rd in the nation with 12.2 hits per game (18 today)

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