Tribe Beats Hoxie for First Win of Season

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Mohawk senior catcher Brody Williams digs for first base in action from earlier this season at Corning. Williams drove in the winning run for the Tribe in last week's win at Hoxie. (photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Mohawks continue to battle spring weather this baseball season, but did notch their first win of the year last Tuesday at Hoxie. The Tribe got a big game from two of the seniors--as catcher Brody Williams drove in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning, while Logan Murray went seven full innings to post the win. Jim Copelin and Garrett Cook also had productive games, as each racked-up two RBI.

The two teams played scoreless into the fourth inning, but the Mohawks were able to take advantage of a Logan Murray walk, and a Brody Williams single, as Garrett Cook drove in the first run with a double to left.

Nick McKinnie scored later in the inning, as the Tribe took a 2-0 lead.

But the host Mustangs would answer, scoring one run in each of the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

The Mohawks started the seventh inning with a single by Enoch Richardson, who advanced on a single by Jim Copelin. He then advanced to second on a fielder's choice by Austin Murray, while Richardson was tagged out on the play. Logan Murray was then hit by a pitch, advancing the runners. Williams then came to the plate and delivered the game winning hit, clearing the bases and giving the Mohawks a 5-2 advantage.

Cook and McKinnie also got on base, but were stranded as DeFrios came on in relief of Hart to get the last two outs of the game.

Logan Murray held strong in the home half of the seventh, allowing a double while two other Mustangs reached by way of errors. Hoxie scored one run in the frame, but stranded two as Murray struck out two and got the final batter to fly-out to third.

Logan worked all 7 innings, giving up 5 runs on 3 hits with 9 strikeouts and just 2 walks. Hart was the losing pitcher for Hoxie, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 10 and walking just one Mohawk.

Offensively, Williams was 1 for 3 with 2 RBI, while Richardson was 2 for 3 and Cook went 2 for 4 and also drove in 2 runs.

With the win the Tribe improves to 1-3 on the young season. The Mohawks were scheduled to host the Rector Cougars at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Independence Park in Piggott, but the current weather forecast is for wet conditions.

The Mohawks will return to conference play with a 4:30 p.m. start, Monday, March 25 against the Rivercrest Colts. The following day, Tuesday, March 26 they're scheduled to visit Harrisburg for a conference game with the Hornets.

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