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After Tuesday night's baseball game against Boonville, MHS Coach Keith Louder said the Bulldogs needed to "find their bats" and had one day to find them and improve their offense since they had a game on Thursday.
Well, find the bats is exactly what the team did and came way with a 12-2 victory at home over the Fulton Hornets.
"We came out with a different approach than Tuesday," said Louder.
The coach added they faced what might be one of the top three pitchers in the conference and were able to hit off him.
Leading the way in offense were Matt Ridgway who was 3-4; Dylan Nance, 2-3 with 2 RBI; Matt Brown, 2-3 with 3 RBI and Tyler Bracht who was 2-3. The Bulldogs scored 12 runs off 13 hits. They scored 3 runs in the first inning, 2 in the third, 3 in the fourth and 4 in the fifth. The Bulldogs did not make any errors and left six players on base.
Also, the defense was on target Thursday, and the pitchers did a good job. The Hornets scored 2 runs in the first off 2 hits with the first three batters and then were shut down for the rest of the game. The Hornets also had two errors and left five players on base.
Gavin Jones, starting pitcher, got the win, going 3 2/3 innings, with 5 strikeouts and five walks. After giving up the 2 runs in the first inning, Jones settled down and "pitched well," stated Louder.
Elijah Robinson got the save, pitching 1 1/3 innings with 9 strikeouts and allowing no walks. He came in when the game was 5-2 with bases load and did not allow any base runner to score.
"It was a good night overall," said Louder, summing up the game.
The Bulldogs will be at home again tonight in a makeup game against the Kirksville Tigers.
The junior varsity also won 4-1 with Tommy Clay getting the win, pitching 2 2/3 innings. He struck out 7 and walked 4. Di'Milo Nunnelly got the save, pitching 2 1/2 innings, strikeout out 6, and walking one.
Tanner Smith was 2-3 and Chance Harper was 1-2 with a triple.