The Prairie City-Monroe Mustangs (8-7) showed up to the West Marshall-hosted tournament on Saturday looking to make a statement, and it’s clear that mission was accomplished with two wins and an aggregate score of 23-3 for the day.
The Mustangs took on the Trojans in their first game of the day, coming away with an 11-3 victory. PCM scored in every inning but the seventh, as they poured on the runs.
Freshman center fielder Clay Cooper led the team with four hits in five at-bats. Those four hits drove in four runs and included two doubles. Cooper also scored a run and stole two bases.
Chase Keuning drove in two runs with three hits in his five trips to the plate. He doubled and scored two runs. Junior Zach Uhlenhopp went 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two runs scored. He drove in a run, as well.
Keith Timmons started and got the victory for the Mustangs, only surrendering one earned run in five innings pitched.
The second game featured something special by Mustang pitcher Tyler Townsend. In the team’s 12-0 win over Grundy Center, Townsend threw a perfect game. He pitched all seven innings without allowing one Spartan to reach base, striking out five. He helped his own cause at the plate with two runs driven in on a base hit.
Ron Marshall had two RBI in an 0-for-2 showing. Ethan Kain drove in a run and scored two more. Nathan Vande Wall went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Trey Lindsay scored two runs and stole two bases, as well.
C-M wins one of two games in Newton tournament
After taking out the Cardinals in the first game of Newton’s tournament on Saturday, the Tigerhawks of Colfax-Mingo went up against the Chariton Chargers in the tournament championship.
The Chargers entered the game having lost only twice this season, and although the Tigerhawks gave them a fight, the Chargers lived up to their record, beating C-M, 6-3.
C-M got on the board first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-RBI double from senior catcher Austin Yoakum. The Chargers struck back with four runs in the top of the fifth. They added two more in the top of the seventh, and although the Tigerhawks mounted a small rally on a solo home run by Jake Alexander, the Chargers closed out the victory.
Senior Caleb Anderson started and finished the game for the Tigerhawks, taking the loss. Anderson gave up 12 hits and six runs in his five innings of work. He also scored a run.
Senior Michael Brown was the only Tigerhawk to record multiple hits, singling twice in his three trips to the plate.
Raiders split games at West
The baseball team for the Collins-Maxwell/Baxter Raiders (1-10, 0-9 HOI) headed to West Marshall for a tournament on Saturday, splitting its two games and picking up its first victory of the season.
The Raiders started the day off with a 5-2 loss to the host Trojans.
West Marshall got on the board in the first inning with two runs. CMB answered with a run in the second, but a three-run rally by the Trojans in the bottom of the fifth was too much for the Raiders to handle.
Senior Zach Hartgers pitched all six innings for the Raiders, taking the loss. He gave up four earned runs on six hits and four walks. He also struck out five Trojans.
There was only one RBI for the Raiders, and it came on a solo shot off the bat of sophomore left fielder Bryce Kemp.
After starting the year on a disappointing, 10-game losing streak, CMB was able to pick up a win over the Grundy Center Spartans, 6-2.
The Raiders got out to a quick 4-0 lead after scoring two runs in each of the first two innings. They picked up solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings, as well, and although things got a little dicey for starter Nate Bishop in the seventh inning, he was able to end the game and put away the Spartans.
Bishop struck out seven Spartans over seven innings, while walking five and giving up five hits.
Sophomore third baseman Seth Balke had two doubles in four at-bats and drove in one run. Senior Aaron Haupert had an RBI double. Freshman Brady Stover and junior Cory Logan each drove in a run each.