PROPHETSTOWN — The Morrison baseball team took advantage of its opportunities. The Erie-|
Prophetstown Panthers swung and missed.
The bases were loaded in the top of the second inning and Morrison's Bill Greul made it happen, sockinga single up the middle off of EP's Ethan Howard that scored a pair of runs, giving the Mustangs a four-run lead that eventually led to a 10-4 win over the Three Rivers Conference-leading Panthers.
"Billy stepped up with a big two-out hit to get us a couple runs," said third-year Morrison coach Ben Sondgeroth, whose Mustangs move to 14-4, 11-2 in the conference, leaving open the chance
to share in the conference title. "We only have one conference game left, so our focus is on the regional.But they are a good team and any chance we can get to win one on someone else's home field at thispoint in the season is a good win."
"We wanted to get a good win against them with regionals coming," said Greul, whohad three RBIs and pitched the sixth and seventh innings to near perfection, striking out five of
six batters and surrendering just one bunt hit. "I was feeling it" on the mound.
The Panthers didn't go quietly, but missed an opportunity to have a big second inning of its own. Yheycouldn't harvest any runs after having the bases loaded with just one out.
"Morrison played better than us and had good, timely hitting," said EP coachJason Orman, whose Panthers drop to 14-8, 10-1 in the conference, keeping them in the
driver's seat for a conference title. "We control our own destiny. If we win out, we have (the conferencetitle) outright."
EP got on the board in the third when junior Owen McConnell (1-3, RBI, two runs scored) drove a two-out double and brought home Kyle Coleman. McConnell then scored on aCarter Ames RBI-single.
EP managed to cut the Mustangs lead to 7-4 but Morrisonpoured it on in the top of the seventh, with senior Danny Willis (1-3, 3 RBs, three runs scored) hittinga two-run single for insurance runs.
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