The standings for the Mineral Area Baseball Association’s Bantam and Cal Ripken Leagues are beginning to shape up after nearly three weeks of competition. (See Saturday’s Daily Journal for current standings.)
Hornets 15, Bulls 0
BISMARCK – The Potosi Hornets slugged 15 hits and earned their sixth win of the year in a 15-0 road shutout against the Bismarck Bulls on Thursday.
Ross Politte fanned two batters and allowed just one hit in the start for the Hornets, while Brendan McCoy finished up with two perfect frames, including four strikeouts.
McCoy led the offensive charge by going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Clint Cook added a single and triple, and John Malugen ripped two hits for the Hornets. Matt McCoy had one big hit with a triple.
Cody Miles had the lone hit for the Bulls, and pitcher Wyatt Boyer struck out four in the loss.
The Hornets (6-1) will face an important test this evening, when they travel to Desloge for a match-up with the Yankees.
Cougars 4, Steamers 3
IRONTON – The Arcadia Valley Cougars held off a determined Valley Steamers team on Thursday in a 4-3 defensive battle. After finally scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Cougars saw their lead vanish quickly as the Steamers tied the game up in the top of the fifth, leaving Cougars’ pitcher Austin Wilfong with a no-decision after having 10 strike-outs.
Levi Earnest became the pitcher of record, picking up the win when the Cougars scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth and Earnest closed things out in the top of the sixth. Wilfong and Earnest both had singles in the game, along with Garrett Campbell and also Mike Dunbar who had the winning hit in the fifth inning. Campbell made a super diving catch in the fourth inning for the Cougars.
Lance Midgett, Taylor Rogers, and Austin Wigger all had one single each for the Steamers. Darin Adams pitched the entire game giving up only the four Cougars hits. The Cougars are now 2-6.
Twins 11, Blues 0
BONNE TERRE – the Bismarck Twins improved their record to 6-2 with an 11-0 win over the Bonne Terre Blues. Logan Blunt threw all four innings for the Twins with a three-hitter. Jake Swain was the bating hero with a home run, two singles and three RBI in his three at-bats. Shane Horn hit a three-run homer, Klayton Loughary hit a triple and Tyler Pearl hit one double.
Jonathan Stabenow had two of the Blues hits with a double and Austin Johnson had the other.
Dodgers 11, Lions 0
PARK HILLS – The Park Hills Dodgers evaded the rain on Wednesday and got their game in with the Park Hills Lions for an 11-0 win. The Dodgers pounced quickly with seven runs in the second inning and four more in the third. Nick Dougherty was the winning pitcher, throwing all four innings for a no-hitter while striking out nine batters .
Jake Rhodes led the team in hitting with a three-run homer, Kris Pyatt was 2-2 with a double, Zach Glenn was 2-3 and Blake Nephew was 2-2. The Dodgers are now 6-2.
Bombers 4, Gators 1
BONNE TERRE – The Bonne Terre Bombers relied heavily upon their pitcher in Thursday night’s game with the Park Hills Gators. The Bombers won it 4-1 with pitcher Tyler Neubrand striking out 14 batters. The Gators’ pitcher, Brett Taylor, struck out eight batters.
Brandon Richardson hit a home run for the Gators lone score. Nick Haney, Conner Hagerty and Taylor all had one single each. T.J. Eaton had a triple and a single for the Bombers, Austin Harper hit a triple, and Austin Tousand and Neubrand had one single each.
Rockets 6, Bandits 2
FREDERICKTOWN – The Park Hills Rockets were pushed but not down as they pulled out a 6-2 win over the Fredericktown Bandits. Clayton LaBruyere pitched the win for the Rockets with Brayden Manion getting the save by striking out the last batter. LaBruyere had 10 strike-outs, and Jake Massey struck out 12 batters for the Bandits.
The Rockets had 13 hits, but could only muster six runs, leaving several base runners stranded in the game. Pierce Daniels and Jake Bridges each had a triple and two singles, and LaBruyere, Manion, Colton Jennings all had two singles each. Conner Proffer and Justin Halter both hit one double. Luke Korokis hit a double and Caitlyn Allgier hit a single for the Bandits.
Mustangs 7, Browns
DESLOGE – The Farmington Mustangs jumped out to a 6-0 first inning lead before he Desloge Browns had a chance to bat. The Mustangs would tack on one more run for a 7-0 win.
Cameron DeBlois took over in the second and pitched scoreless baseball with eight strike-outs in his three innings on the mound. Collin Huitt, Brandt Busenbark, Dennis Pogue, J.T. Morgan, and Keegan Allen all had hits for the Mustangs.