Jacob Anderson and Ethan Stamps not only finished the season unblemished in Region 8-AAA competition with wins over East Jackson on the mound, but both hit home runs in the double header finale at home to lead the Dogs to two wins. Anderson got the 6-5 win in the opener and homered in the first inning with two runners on that accounted for three RBI’s and half of Morgan’s runs. Stamps got the win in the nightcap 10-0 and ripped a homer of his own to support his cause. Both pitched complete games to cap off a 14-1 region record. They are 19-8 on the season with three non-region games remaining on the schedule.
Morgan had a big first inning vs East Jackson scoring five runs on their way to what looked like a blowout. The Eagles fought back to tie things up in the second and third innings before the Dogs scored a lone run in the sixth for the victory.
Hunter Lane got things started in the first by drawing a walk. He stole second and with two outs Stamps was given a free pass on an intentional walk. The strategy didn’t work out so well as Anderson stepped up and jacked one over the left centerfield fence. There was no doubt about this one when it left the bat to give MOCO a 3-0 lead. Blake Silvey then got another walk and Hunter Christian followed him up with a double to left center. Catcher Dominic Arienzo stepped up and came inches short of another homer when he doubled off the wall for the final two runs of the inning. The Dogs were rolling and in high spirits, but the Eagles had other ideas of their own.
The first East Jackson batter grounded out before the next was hit by a pitch. A double followed and a passed ball allowed one run to score. With a runner on third, East Jackson pulled off a perfect squeeze play to cut the lead to 5-2. In the third inning, after a walk and a fielders’ choice left a runner on first, East Jackson stole a base and the runner moved to third on a balk. A sacrifice RBI scored that runner. A single, error and another single scored two more to tie things up. The two hits in the inning were seeing-eye hits just out of the reach of a diving Christian at second base and one just over the reach of Stamps at shortstop. Stamps had an outstanding defensive performance as well in the first game making two tough plays look routine. One of those was an inning-ending play up the middle that ended the fourth inning with runners in scoring position.
Morgan’s winning run came in the sixth. Brandyn Batchelor singled to right to start things off. Burke was inserted as a pinch runner. He promptly stole second and moved to third on a nice sacrifice bunt by Hunter Lane. Catcher Trey Patterson took one deep to the fence in left centerfield that easily scored Burke. The Dogs were in business when they pulled off a double steal after Stamps drew a walk, but couldn’t get the insurance run across. The game ended with Anderson giving up three weak flyouts to East Jackson and nary a runner reaching base.
The final three games on the schedule come as a result of rainouts from earlier this season. All three will be played on the road with Social Circle scheduled on April 19, Eastside on April 20, and Mountainview on April 21. The first two games will be played at 5:30 and the third starts at 12:00.