Tribe Rolls over Cougars, Edges Rebels
The baseball Mohawks are continuing to enjoy a productive spring season, winning two straight in the past week. Tuesday afternoon's home game with Melbourne was called due to the weather and will be re-scheduled in the days to come, and Thursday the Tribe is slated to travel to Wilson and take on Rivercrest.
The Mohawks hosted the Cougars on Thursday, March 22, in an early afternoon contest as classes had been dismissed for spring break. With a week of rest under their belts, following the 5-3 conference loss at Manila on March 15, the Tribe looked fresh as they downed their county rivals 11-3.
The hosts plated a run in the home half of the first inning to take the lead, then scored eight runs in the second to break the contest open.
Senior righthander Josh Lyman got the nod from Coach Alan Rabjohn, working the first six innings and earning the victory. Dylan Bellers came on to pitch the final frame, as the two hurlers combined for 14 strikeouts.
Senior lead-off man Quentin Reeves had a big day for the Tribe at the plate, although he was hitless. Reeves drew four walks, and was hit by a pitch, in five plate appearances and scored three of the Mohawk runs. Trey Gossett also had a strong performance, as he had two hits, two RBI, two runs scored and drew a walk. Dylan Bellers had a pair of RBI and scored a run; John Jones got a hit, scored a run, drove in a run and drew a walk; Michael Palmer had a single, a double, scored a run, drove in a run and drew a walk and Holden Tarno got a single, drove in a run, drew a walk and scored a run in the Tribe's big second inning. Meanwhile, Lyman walked and scored a run while Elijah Bellers reached on an error while bunting, and scored one of the Mohawk runs.
Mesa took the loss for the Cougars, with relief from Evan Dooley. Together they gave up nine hits, walked eight and hit two Mohawk batters.
Lyman worked six innings and gave up only three hits and two runsóboth earned. He struck out 12 Cougars, walked only one and hit a batter. Dylan Bellers gave up a run on one hit while working the last inning, and also hit a Rector batter in the process.
Monday afternoon the Tribe made the trip to Lake City to take on the Riverside Rebels (9-3) in conference action, and came from behind to nip their hosts 5-4. Struggling in the early innings, the Mohawks trailed the Reb's 4-0 going into the top of the fifth and rode a big inning to a 4-4 tie. The Tribe added the winning run in the top of the sixth, then got a strong relief performance from Lyman in notching the win.
Senior southpaw Hayden Lemmons got the start, although Lyman earned the win in relief. Lemmons worked three and one-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits while fanning one Rebel. Lyman came on and pitched a near-perfect three and two-thirds innings as he held Riverside hitless while striking out two.
Elijah Bellers lead the offense on the day, as he was three for three with one RBI and a run scored. Reeves was one for four, but picked up two RBI with a double and drew a walk; Gossett was one for two with a walk and scored two runs; Lyman scored a run and Tarno had a hit to his credit against the tough Riverside pitching.
With the win the Mohawks extend their second record to 9-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play. In addition to Thursday's scheduled game at Rivercrest, they're slated to host Osceola on Monday, April 2, and will travel to Highland to take on the Rebels on Tuesday, April 3. On Thursday, April 5, the Hoxie Mustangs are scheduled to visit Independence Park in conference action.