SULLIVAN — It could have easily gone the other way if it weren't for a couple of big plays at the plate.
Sullivan escaped with the 5-1 baseball victory against Shelbyville behind stellar defense Tuesday, led by Zach Hrvol.
The senior pitcher threw one of his best games of the year. He lasted all seven innings with one earned run, six hits and a whopping 12 strikeouts.
“We played really well defensively today,” Sullivan coach Troy Rogers said. “Shelbyville had a few chances to score, but he (Hrvol) got some strikeouts when he needed to.”
Sophomore Brett Tuttle sparked Sullivan's offense with a double and two RBIs. The Redskins only had five hits in the game while Shelbyville had six.
Garrett Brachbill went 3-for-3 for the Rams.
Nokomis 4, Pana 1
PANA — Ryan Archibald preserved his unblemished record.
He shut down host Pana and improved to 4-0 by allowing just one earned run, three hits and striking out four batters in five innings pitched.
On the offensive side, Nokomis took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning and sealed it in the seventh with two insurance runs.
Andrew Herpstreith powered the Redskins with four hits, including two doubles, and an RBI.
“We threatened every inning but couldn't really get them to cross until the seventh,” Nokomis coach Brian Pesko said. “Our pitchers threw really well and were sharp. It was a good hour and a half ball game.”
Central A&M 7, Meridian 0
MACON — A flawless defense buoyed Central A&M pitcher Dillon Reed to his fourth victory of the season.
He went four innings with no runs, five hits and two strikeouts.
Brock Burgener boosted the other end with two hits.
“Our defense made no errors today and when you continue that with pitching that only walks one guy, your chances of success are pretty good,” Central A&M coach Chad Carroll said. “Dillon and Zach (Bugg) threw strikes and kept their pitch counts down.”
Meridian 10, Central A&M 0
MACON — Meridian coach Greg Streeval could finally say he enjoyed the weather. A favorable outcome probably helped his mood, too.
Taylor Kirby took advantage of the calm and sunny conditions with two home runs and six RBIs.
“Anytime you can get two home runs and six RBIs out of Taylor Kirby, it's a good day,” Streeval said.
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Gracie Brookens gave up just one hit in her shutout of the Raiders.
“I thought Gracie Brookens threw very, very well today,” Streeval said. “She did a great job keeping the ball down and staying out of trouble.”
Rochester 15, MacArthur 3
DECATUR — MacArthur tied the formidable Rockets 2-2 in the bottom of the first.
Rochester rolled after that with five runs in the second and seven in the fifth.
Kylie Eller, Kiya Harper and Laycie Cowger each had a hit for the Generals.
“We just ran into a really tough team that hit the ball really well and we weren't able to put up enough offense,” MacArthur coach Jack Haskell said.
Mount Zion 9, Mattoon 1
Mattoon 8, Mount Zion 1
MOUNT ZION — It was like night and day.
Mount Zion's offense made noise with 11 hits in the first game.
Delaney Sarff led the charge with three hits and two RBIs while Morgan Davis had two hits and three RBIs.
That disappeared in the second game with just one run.
“We came out well offensively and hit the ball well,” Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said of the first game. “In Game Two, our offense went into hibernation and we also left a lot of runners on base.”
Mount Zion's Maddie Morgan won the first game, pitching a complete game with one run, five hits and two strikeouts.
Mount Zion 2, Monticello 0
MOUNT ZION — Mount Zion pieced together just enough good ball movement to overcome Monticello.
Jenna Platzbecker and Olivia Gingerich each booted a goal, with assists by Demi Van Der Neut and Rebecca Kovacs to improve to 9-1-2.
Tory Parkhurst got the shutout with three saves.
“When we play with energy and we pressure the ball, then we can be a good team,” Mount Zion coach Jonathan Moore said. “We did that in spurts today. We just need to learn to play 80 minutes of energetic ball.”