Farm­ing­ton Pounds Lin­coln 15-2

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — Lin­coln turned the Car­di­nals away early, but couldn’t keep Farm­ing­ton from win­ning 15-2 by run-rule in a non­con­fer­ence base­ball game on Tues­day, April 10.

“We got a bunch of hits,” said Farm­ing­ton coach Jay Harper. “They made a cou­ple of mis­takes that com­pounded it, but for the most part we hit the ball and put it into play.”

Lin­coln coach Justin Bounds saw some good things as the Wolves eased out of the first in­ning be­fore scor­ing a pair of runs in the sec­ond.

“In the top of the first we got out of a jam,” Bounds said. “They had run­ners at first and third, only one run scored so that was good.”

The Wolves ral­lied by get­ting two run­ners on in the bot­tom of the first. Sopho­more Eli Spinks scored on a squeeze play to get the Wolves a run. Ster­ling Mor­phis got aboard and Josh Jet­ton came up to bat. Bounds and the Wolves were able to work the sit­u­a­tion to their ad­van­tage us­ing a steal to get Mor­phis to sec­ond.

A throw­ing er­ror by the Car­di­nals al­lowed Lin­coln to score a sec­ond run.

“They over­threw first and Ster­ling scored from sec­ond, and Josh made it to sec­ond on the er­ror,” Bounds said.

Farm­ing­ton led 5-2 af­ter three in­nings, then poured on the runs.

Harper praised the bat of Eric Hill, who went 3-of-4 and drove in 3 runs.

“Evan Shof­fit had two hits and we ex­e­cuted on a squeeze play,” Harper said. “Derek Perona ex­e­cuted a squeeze play to per­fec­tion. We played good against Green­land yes­ter­day. We beat them 11-1. We played de­cent today and beat Lin­coln 15-2.”

Hill shut down the Wolves in the fi­nal at-bat in the bot­tom of the fifth, in­duc­ing a ground-out, and pop-up to sec­ond base be­fore Caleb Lloyd reached on an er­ror. Us­ing his speed, Lloyd turned the corner and safely reached sec­ond putting a run­ner in scor­ing po­si­tion. Play­ing ag­gres­sive, Lloyd stole third, but Hill got the next bat­ter to ground-out to end the game.

Farm­ing­ton 11, Green­land 1

The Car­di­nals turned a one-run lead into a rout by scor­ing seven runs in the fourth in­ning. Lo­gan Bobak al­lowed three hits over five in­nings to earn the win. Bobak struck out five. Austin An­der­son took the loss for Green­land but did not al­low an earned run as the Pi­rates com­mit­ted five er­rors. Hay­den VanLan­ing­ham was 3-for-3 with a dou­ble and three RBIs for the Car­di­nals (9-5). Drew Stur­geon was 2-for-3.

Green­wood 6, Farm­ing­ton 5

The Bull­dogs held off Farm­ing­ton to claim a one-run win Thurs­day, April 12. The Car­di­nals ral­lied in the sev­enth in­ning, get­ting a lead-off sin­gle from Stur­geon, who scored on Bobak’s sin­gle, but Green­wood (21-3) was able to hold on at the end with Con­nor Noland get­ting the fi­nal out. Noland and Bran­don Woolsey had two hits each for Green­wood. Noland and Jack­son Webb drove in two runs each. Stur­geon was 2-for-3 and drove in a run for Farm­ing­ton and Shof­fit added a two-run triple.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln ju­nior Caleb Lloyd is all smiles await­ing his turn to bat in the on-deck cir­cle. The Wolves lost to U.S. 62 ri­val, Farm­ing­ton, 15-2, on Tues­day, April 10 at home.

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