Mohawks Fall to Colts, Rebound with Wins
The Piggott Mohawks wrapped up the home portion of the regular season Monday afternoon, splitting a pair of conference games. In the early contest the Tribe wasted five hits en-route to an 11-1 loss to the Rivercrest Colts. In the nightcap the Mohawks beat Hoxie 6-4.
Leading the way in his final home games was senior Logan Murray, who had a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate in the two games--and had a strong showing on the mound to get the win over the Mustangs.
The Rivercrest Colts visited Independence Park Monday to make up a conference game postponed due to bad weather. The visitors jumped out to an early lead, plating six runs on four errors and a two-run single in the top of the first and cruised to the win.
Meanwhile, the Tribe got their lone run in the home half of the second inning on RBI double by Austin Murray. He also pitched the first two innings, giving up 10 runs on just 4 hits and 2 walks. Senior Jim Copelin came on to pitch the final two-plus innings.
The Mohawks scored their one run on 5 hits and 3 walks, with Logan Murray getting two hits, while Cole Marlow, Garrett Cook and Austin Murray each had a hit.
The Colts tacked on one more run late in the game, to reach the 11-1 final in five innings.
The Mohawk rebounded in the second game of Monday's doubleheader, beating the Hoxie Mustangs behind a strong performance by Logan Murray.
Logan was a perfect 3 for 3 on the game, doubling in the first inning and adding singles in both the third and fourth. He also got the win on the mound for the Tribe, working the full 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits while walking 4 and fanning 9 of the Mustangs.
The Tribe jumped out early, and held the lead, scoring their first run on an RBI single by senior Brody Williams. The Mohawks put up another run in the third inning, and yet another in the fourth. They broke the game wide open in the fifth, as they scored three more runs--two of those on a single by Austin Murray.
The Mustangs did tack on a couple of runs in the seventh, both coming on Mohawk errors, but were not able to get any closer.
Seniors Brody Williams and Jim Copelin went 2 for 3 along with Austin Murray, while senior Enoch Richardson was 1 for 4 and scored a run. Also getting hits was Garrett Cook, while Marlow, Rahn and Stallings were hitless on the game.
Between contests the Mohawks also took time to recognize the four seniors on the team, with a plaque presentation by Coach Shawn Hearn and Assistant Coach Alan Rabjohn. This year's senior class includes Enoch Richardson, Jim Copelin, Brody Williams and Logan Murray.
The Tribe visited the Osceola Seminole Tuesday, April 23 and ended the regular season with a 20-0 pounding of their hosts. They're taking part in the 3A-3 district tournament at Manila beginning Thursday, and will take on the Hoxie Mustangs in the first round at 5:05 p.m.
A win will earn them a trip to the regional at Bergman, and a semi-final meeting with the Rivercrest Colts at 4 p.m. Friday, April 26 (weather permitting).
Harrisburg and Osceola meet in the 3:30 p.m. game Thursday, with the winner playing the nightcap that evening against third seeded Corning. the winner of that game will take on the second seeded Manila Lions in the 6 p.m. game Friday. If the semi-finals are not affected by the weather the final will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday. The third place game will precede that contest at 2 p.m.