MISSOURI VALLEY – The Shenandoah Mustangs pounded out 17 runs on 13 hits in beating Missouri Valley 17-10, Monday, June 8.
After giving up the game’s first run, the Mustangs scored six in the second inning to take the lead for good. Five of the first six Mustangs reached base on four walks and a Devin Morelock single. Owen McCunn walked with two outs, and then AJ Herold ripped a three-run double.
Shenandoah added four more runs in the fourth. Braden Knight walked, advanced to second on an error, third on a wild pitch and scored on Herold’s sacrifice fly. That emptied the bases with two outs, but Kyle Cerven was hit by a pitch, Anthony Stogdill singled and Blake Doyle walked. Cain Lorimor took a bases loaded walk, and then Morelock singled in two runs to extend the Mustang lead to 10-1.
Missouri Valley scored its second run against Mustang starting pitcher Nick Mather in the fourth inning, but Shenandoah scored three more in the fifth. Knight singled. Herold, Cerven and Stogdill all singled with one out, scoring one. A wild pitch added one more and then Lorimor’s RBI single gave Shenandoah a 13-2 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.
The Big Reds needed two runs to extend the game in the bottom of the fifth and they scored four, three coming on an Ethan Langfelder home run.
Missouri Valley added three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Alec Fichter’s two-run double, and the Big Reds trailed just 13-9 after six innings.
Shenandoah pulled the momentum back on its side with a four-run seventh inning. Stogdill and Doyle walked, and then Morelock singled in a run with one out. Knight walked with two outs, and then McCunn drove in a run with a single. An error scored two more.
Jacob Meade blasted a solo home run in the seventh for the final margin.
Mather lasted 5.1 innings on the mound for Shenandoah. He gave up eight hits and nine runs, eight earned, while walking three and striking out two. Logan Dickerson came on for the final five outs, giving up just the Meade home run.
The Mustang offense went off for 13 hits against five Missouri Valley pitchers. Morelock led the attack with three hits and four RBIs. McCunn, Herold and Stogdill also had multi-hit games. Herold joined Morelock with four RBIs. Six Mustangs scored at least twice.
Shenandoah improved to 6-20 on the season in winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Missouri Valley’s regular season ended with a 12-17 record.