SHENANDOAH – The Shenandoah Mustangs had just two hits in the first five innings, but four hits and three Trojan errors led to a four-run sixth and a 4-3 win over Atlantic, Thursday, June 6.
An Atlantic error allowed Anthony Stogdill to take second base to start the sixth with the Mustangs trailing 3-0. Blake Doyle singled Stogdill over to third. A fly out and a groundball retired the first two Mustangs of the inning with Stogdill scoring in the process. Devin Morelock reached on an error and advanced to second on Brody Owen’s single. Cain Lorimor drove in Morelock with a single and then Braden Knight doubled in two giving Shenandoah the lead. Knight tried to get to third on the play, but was tagged out, ending the inning.
Nick Mather pitched a perfect seventh, his second inning of work, to close out the game.
Atlantic pitcher Chase McClaren retired the first eight Mustangs of the game, but after an error behind him he was replaced on the mound to keep his pitch count down.
The Mustangs loaded the bases against Joe Weaver in the third and again in the fifth, but couldn’t score.
Atlantic scored a single run in the first, third and fourth innings off of Doyle, who started the game on the mound.
Doyle gave up four hits, two walks and three runs, two earned, while striking out two in five innings. Mather retired the final six he faced after hitting the first batter.
Knight led the Mustangs with two hits and the tying and winning RBIs in the sixth. Owen also had two hits. Morelock, Doyle and Lorimor all reached base twice.
The Mustangs improved to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference with the win.
The loss was the fifth in a row, all in conference play, for the Trojans.