By R. Alan Richardson
In two well-played games this past week, Morgan continued their winning ways. They defeated Hebron Christian 3-1 and won the rematch over Dawson County in walk-off style in the bottom of the seventh 3-2.
Class A opponent Hebron came into Madison sporting some strong pitching and defense that gave the Dogs all they wanted for seven innings.
This one was a pitcher’s duel with Hunter Lane going five and a third innings for the win and Jacob Anderson finishing things off with the save. Lane gave up only five hits and pitched out of two bases loaded situations in both the fourth and fifth innings to preserve the lead. In the top of the fourth the leadoff batter hit a laser down the left field line that had home run written all over it. The Hebron batter went into his home run trot only to see the ball hit the left field wall. Trey Patterson hustled over and threw a strike to Ethan Stamps at second base for the putout and the first out of the inning. After two consecutive singles and a walk, Lane was faced with bases loaded and two outs. He promptly struck out the next hitter on one of his two strikeouts for the night.
In the fifth Hebron loaded the bases again with only one out. To the rescue came the 6-4-3 double play from Hunter Christian to Stamps to Grant Cofer to save the day. It was a game-changing play for the night that once again allowed the Dogs to keep the lead.
The bats for Morgan produced a run in the second and two in the third scoring enough runs for the win. Cofer started the second off with a single and scored after a wild pitch and sacrifices by Christian and Blake Silvey. The third inning started off with freshman Dominic Arienzo burning the right fielder for a double. Arienzo scored after a balk and an infield single by Lane. Keirrion Farley was the pinch runner for Lane who then moved to second on a Young sacrifice. Farley eventually scored on a two-out double ripped by Stamps from his cleanup spot to take the 3-0 lead. It was enough for the win.
Morgan went on to defeat Dawson County later in the week. Earlier this season MOCO defeated this same Dawson County squad 20-6, but this one was a totally different story. The Dogs came from behind in their last gasp at bat to take the walk-off win 3-2.