HEUVELTON - Gearing up its pitching and hitting for Fridays NAC West Baseball showdown at unbeaten Morristown, Heuvelton Central downed Harrisville 9-5 on Tuesday.
Winning pitcher Jack Palmer struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings, Mike Martin fanned three closing the fifth inning and pitching the sixth and Cody Holland completed an 11-strikeout five-hitter which was backed by a 16-hit offense.
We have all of our pitchers ready and everyone knows that Morristown is a very tough team. They have two very good pitchers and hit the ball well, said Heuvelton Coach Dave Steele after the 12-1 Bulldogs climbed to 9-1 in the NAC West.
Palmer also singled and doubled along wuth Aaron Cobb to lead a well-distributed winning offense which also featured two singles from Chris Power, Matt Guardino, Martin (RBI), Holland and Jon Sloan (RBI). Mike Guardino stroked a two-run single and Tyler Bouchey added asingle. Justin Hartle drilled two doubles with an RBI for Harrisville (5-5 West) and Sullivan, Jared Draythayler and Jason Ripley all added singles.
While the Heuvelton boys set up a showdown the Lady Bulldogs (9-1 West) opened up a two-game lead by continuing their explosive offensive shows in a 24-2 win over Harrisville while fast-finishing Morristown (8-3 West) earned a tie for second place by dropping Hermon-DeKalb (5-3 West)
Heuvelton 24, Harrisville 4: The Bulldogs produced 13 runs in the second inning led by a double and asingle from Rachel Thornhill and two singles from Logan Tallman who struckout eight batters in a two-hitter.
Logan pitched very well today. Her velocity was up and she had a great game at the plate. Also, Abby Williams did a great job filling in behind the plate for Hannah (Thornhill), said HCS Coach Mark Henry.
Tallman went 3-5 with a triple and six RBIs. Rachel Thornhill (2-3 double, 2RBI), Hannah Thornhill (3-5 double, 2 RBI), Abby Basford (2-2), Jen Cougler (2-4), Alexis Sawyer (2-3 triple) all contributed mutiple hits. Katie Bates and Macy Richardson also singled.
Hunter Fowler doubled and Emory Matott singled for Harrisville.
Hammond 12-16, Clifton-Fine 5-5: In game one, Taylor Bowman crushed a homerun and a single and pitched the four hitter for Hammond. Alyssa Crosby connected for a double and two singles while Emily Bush (two singles), Bridgette Kron (triple), Shaydi Clemens (double) and Lindsey Martin (two singles) rounded out the offensive effort.
Beth Meek lined a double and a single for Clifton-Fine. Mallory Folsom ripped a double while Savannah Crane collected a single.
In game two, Alyssa Crosby belted a pair of homeruns including a grandslam in the second inning to back Taylor Bowman who hurled aprecise five hitter. Coral Mahay stroked three singles while Emily Bush lined a double and a single. Katlyn Morgan added two singles.
Brittany Hall stroked a double and a single for Clifton-Fine. Beth Meek poled a double and a single. Delaney Kerr ripped a single.
Morristown 20, Hermon-DeKalb 5: Mikayla Horton supplied a triple, a double and two singles and logged the complete game six-hitter. The Rockets tallied 12 runs in the sixth inning to seal the win. Jessie Geddes lined a triple and two single while Erica Fishel (3 singles), Margret Troiano (triple, single), Macy Wilson (double), Gabby Marshall (single), and Liz Troiano (2 singles) rounded out the hitting.
Chelsea Mackay, Brianna Sayer, Sabrina Wood, Xann Gotham, Clarisa Davis, Reis Bryant, and Thanisha Scales all singled for H-D.
Clifton-Fine 4-15, Hammond 3-9: Matt Russell won a five inning six hitter striking out eight in game one where Karter Hayes produced two hits. Colin Martin stroked three singles for Hammond. In game two, Russell and Nate Aldrich each singled three times for C-F (3-5). Logan Hayes picked up the win with relief help from Russell and Aldrich. Nolan Martin collected two singles for Hammond (1-8).