Mohawks Stumble in Conference Play

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Piggott's Trace Stallings works in action Monday against Rivercrest.

The Piggott Mohawks dropped a pair of conference games at Harrisburg on Friday, March 21 and then fell at home to Rivercrest Monday evening, also in 3A-3 conference play. The Tribe is scheduled to be back in action Thursday, March 27 as they were slated to host the Corning Bobcats at Independence Park. Currently, there is a chance of rain in the forecast, so the contest may be affected by weather.

Harrisburg

The Mohawks had a tough time at Harrisburg on Friday, March 21 as they were no-hit in the first game of the double-bill and fell 7-0, and then wasted 10 hits and a great performance at the plate by Mason Rahn in dropping an 11-4 decision in the nightcap.

Sharp took the mound for the Hornets in game one, and struck out 10 Mohawks and walked two en route to the no-no. The home squad jumped out early on the Mohawks, with Rahn taking the loss, and plated three runs in the first inning. Contributing for the Harrisburg squad were Price, Sharp, Witt and Honeycutt--who combined for a total of 10 hits and four RBI on the game.

Rahn was saddled with the loss, as he allowed all seven runs over the course of six innings of work, walking one and striking out three of the Hornets.

In the nightcap Rahn had a big game at the plate, going 3 for 3 with singles in the second, fourth and sixth innings. But, the Hornets roughed up Mohawk pitcher Trace Stallings and took the contest by a final of 11-4.

Stallings allowed seven runs over three innings, walking seven and fanning two of the Hornet batters. Meanwhile, Walton got the win as he allowed one run over five innings, striking out seven and walking no one while giving up seven hits to Mohawk batters. Pushing the Hornets to the win was a big fourth inning, as they plated seven of their 11 runs in the frame.

Rivercrest

The Tribe dropped an 11-1 decision to the hot-hitting Rivercrest Colts Monday, March 24 at Independence Park. The Tribe got five hits on the game, as Stallings took the loss.

"We played well Monday, and had no errors on the game," noted Coach Shawn Hearn. "But, our hits were really spread out and they hit the ball really well."

The Colts got their first home-run in the second inning from Lloyd, then got four-baggers in both the fourth and fifth innings from Ethan Brown. Those two, along with Ethan and McLemore combined for seven hits and nine of the Colts 11 RBI.

"I felt we did a lot of things right, we just didn't put our hits together," Hearn observed. "Stallings did good for his first high school start. He fought his way out of jams all day, and never gave up the big inning--they just chipped-away runs on us."

In taking the loss Stallings allowed all 11 runs over six innings, walking three and striking out four Colts.

Meanwhile, the Mohawk's only run came on an RBI double by Rahn in the fifth inning.

With the losses the Mohawks now move to 1-4 on the season.

The Tribe also played a JV game following the varsity contest with Rivercrest, and took the win by a final of 3-0.

"Noah May and Celeston Haywood did a great job pitching in the JV contest," Hearn noted of the effort. "And we got hits from Tyler Peters, Jordan Blascoe and Brice Howard--the kids did a good job."

First pitch for Thursday afternoon home game with Corning is set for 4:30.

Any postponements, or rescheduled games, will be posted to the Mohawk Bullpen Club facebook page, and on cctimesdemocrat.com

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