Hamilton boys take on Morrisville-Eaton
Rivals Hamilton and Morrisvile-Eaton used a break in the rain to play their season opener on Friday.
Center State Conference four rivals Hamilton and Morrisville-Eaton met up Friday, April 13where the Hamilton Emerald Knights were able to put together two-out hits to secure their victory over M-E.
HAMILTON, N.Y. » Hamilton hosted a familiar opponent in CSC-IV rival MorrisvilleEaton on Friday as the two teams used the brief respite from rain to play their season-opener.
The Emerald Knights took advantage of some timely two-out hitting and a solid performance fromSam Campbell on the mound to put away M-E by a score of 8-1.
Campbell tossed four-anda-third innings, allowing one run and striking out 8.
“Morrisville did a great job. They fouled a bunch of pitches off; that’s what got his pitch count up,” LePage said. “Other than that, he threw strikes. He did what he normally does.”
Griffin Rose had strong night at the plate for Joe LePage’s side, going 3-of-4 anddrivinginapair of runs. John Griffith added a pair of hits and two RBI for Hamilton in the victory.
Morrisville-Eaton starter Cameron Clark took the loss for coach Bogacz’s Warriors.
Hamilton took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when leadoff man Ryan Hunt opened the contest with a single before taking advantage of two passed balls to score the hosts’ first run. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Griffin Rose plated Trevor Dow before Clark struck out Jacob Hill to end the inning.
After a scoreless second, M-Ecenter fielderAlex Featherly singled off of Campbell, advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a Jacob Bogacz single to trim the Hamilton by one. Campbell buckled down to retire Clark, the Warrior’s cleanup hitter, on a hit back to the mound and No. 5 batter Andrew Parkhurst to get out of the inning.
Hamilton tacked on another in the bottom of the third courtesy a two-out Trevor Dow triple. Dow took home on an ensuing passed ball to put the Emerald Knights up 3-1. Rose followed with a double and Jake Hill took one for the team, reaching on a hit-bypitch. Hamilton third baseman John Griffith gave the Emerald Knights even more breathing room in the next at bat, blooping a single be- tween the M-E defense to score Rose and Hill for a 5-1 advantage.
“Two-out hits are what you live and die by. Guys get in scoring position and RBI. We just have a bunch of guys that want to be in that position, and it paid off today,” LePage said.
Campbell retired Mason Warner to open the top of the fifth, but after back-toback singles from Clark and Bogacz, LePage opted to bring in Sean Hunt who retired Parkhurst and Dakota Merkle to strand the M-E runners and escape the inning.
Hamilton added a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to grow its lead, butHunt retired the six Warrior batters in order to close it out 8-1.
“We cantakeawaythe importance ofmaking the plays weare supposed tomakeout in the field. Basically, four plays that we should have made cost of us five runs. Hamilton capitalized on it, and it would have kind of changed the dynamic of the ball game a little bit,” coach Bogacz said.
“I think we have a lot of good things going for us. We have five seniors, some experience, the best pitching staff we have had in a long time, and bats, even though we didn’t show it tonight,” the M-E coach continued. “I thinkwe have a lot of positive things to look forward to.”
Hamilton starter Sam Campbell deals a pitch during Friday’s home win against Morrisville-Eaton.