Mohawks Beat Chicks and Hornets

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Enoch Richards scores for the Tribe in their big third inning Monday afternoon against Harrisburg

The Piggott Mohawks played catch-up in the past week, taking a road win from the Harrisburg Hornets in extra innings last Thursday by a final of 9-4 and then going 1 for 3 in tournament play at Paragould. Monday afternoon the Tribe hosted the Hornets for the second time in a week, and posted a 6-3 decision.

Due to wet conditions from snow, last week's conference game with the Hornets was moved from Independence Park to Harrisburg. For the Tribe, senior Logan Murray was the man of the hour--pitching the complete eight innings to take the win. On the game Murray struck out 10 Hornets, allowing just three earned runs on seven hits and giving up just three walks.

Offensively the Hornets had the edge, racking up seven hits to just four for the Tribe--but the hosts also stranded eight base runners during the course of the game.

Duel on the Ridge

The Mohawks took part in the Duel on the Ridge at Paragould over the weekend, losing to both Marmaduke and Corning Friday evening before beating Blytheville on Saturday.

Logan Murray once again rose to the occasion for the Tribe against the Greyhounds, racking up three RBI on just one hit, as he singled in the fourth inning. But, Spencer Holifield was too much for the Mohawk batters, as he fanned 12 and walked three while giving up just five hits in the Marmaduke 7-6 win.

The Tribe also faced the Corning Bobcats for the second time this season Friday evening, and dropped a 19-5 non-conference decision to their cross-county rivals. Logan Murray again led the offense, going two for two at the plate. Dustin Caudle got the win for the Bobcats, although he allowed five runs over four innings of work while giving up eight hits. Meanwhile, Corning's Russell Cox, Korey Smith, Caudle and Ty Prater combined for nine hits and seven RBI.

Saturday the Mohawks returned to Paragould and took on Coach Shawn Hearn's alma mater, the Blytheville Chicks, notching a 4-1 win.

This time it was senior Jim Copelin pacing the attack for the Tribe, as he went two for two on the game, singling in the first inning and doubling in the fourth. Logan Murray once again got the nod for the Tribe, and worked all five innings. On the game Murray allowed just one earned run on three hits, while striking out seven Chicks and allowing just two walks.

The Mohawks took an early 1-0 lead in the game, but the Chicks tied the contest on an RBI single in the second. The Tribe put the game away for good in the fourth inning driving in three runs. The first came on a double by Copelin, the second on a single by Mason Rahn and the third on a triple by Enoch Richardson.

Mohawks host Harrisburg

Monday afternoon the Tribe and the Harrisburg Hornets met for the second time in less than a week, and the Mohawks rode a big third inning to the win by a final of 6-3.

Cole Marlow got the start, and was able to hold the Hornets scoreless through the first four, with Austin Murray coming on late to put the game away. Marlow struck out six, walked two, and gave up seven hits through five and a third innings. Murray then came on and saved the game, getting the final 5 outs.

Offensively the Tribe did their damage in the home half of the third, putting the game away as they plated six runs in the frame. The rally started with an RBI double by Logan Murray, followed by two errors, a passed ball and two sacrifice flies.

For the Hornets, they did their scoring in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a hit batsman, and three straight singles, to break-up the shut out.

On the game the Hornets out-hit the Tribe seven to five, but left eight runners stranded.

With the win the Mohawks season record moves to 4-5, and 2-1 in 3A-3 conference play.

The Tribe was scheduled to visit Osceola Tuesday, April 2 for a conference doubleheader with the Seminole, and were set to host the Blytheville Chicks for a re-match Thursday, April 4. Next Monday, April 8 they're scheduled to visit Manila, and Tuesday, April 9 the Corning Bobcats will visit Independence Park for the two team's third meeting of the season.

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