MOUNT PULASKI -- Mount Pulaski pitcher Drew Martin had his a-game working Monday as he struck out eight of the first nine Cerro Gordo-Bement batters he faced as the Hilltoppers won 10-0 on Tuesday.
To compliment Martin's three perfect innings to start the game, Mount Pulaski's offense scored nine runs which was a pleasant surprise for Hilltoppers coach Joel Washko.
"The big difference today was us scoring seven runs in the first inning. We came out swinging. The first six guys got on base so we got some runs up and they committed some errors which helped us," Washko said. "Offensively we have been slow, we have only had a couple guys be consistent for us.
"We have been doing small ball work to help get the guys rolling a little bit. Pitching has been great and consistent. The focus from now on out is getting better every day and getting the ball in play more.”
Todd Kelly relieved Martin and allowed the Broncos to just two hits in the game.
For the Hilltoppers (7-2), Tanner Farris was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Martin was 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI. Ben Fricke and Logan DeRight were both 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
"We try to get better every day. We want to play our best, because before you know it it will be regionals," Washko said.
Williamsville 3, Maroa-Forsyth 2
WILLIAMSVILLE -- Through four innings, it was a pitchers' duel between Maroa-Forsyth's Aaron Agee and Williamsville's Luke Roberts in non-conference play.
Maroa Forsyth put two runs on the board thanks to a two-run double by Tre Corley in the top of the fifth but Williamsville responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pick up the victory.
“It was a tough loss tonight. We played a really good team tonight and we were up 2-0 going into the sixth inning, with Aaron pitching lights-out. But a few bad things happened in the same inning and just snowballed from there," Maroa-Forsyth coach Sean Martin said. "We had a couple of hit-by-pitches that worked against him. We’ll learn from tonight’s mistakes and bounce back.”
Williamsville's Ben Davis was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and run scored.
Mattoon 6, Taylorville 3
MATTOON—Faith Niebrugge scored four goals as Mattoon defeated Apollo Conference foe Taylorville.
Niebrugge’s first goal came in the fourth minute of the game on an assist by Kyah Eastin. In the 14th minute Niebrugge scored unassisted and in the 62nd minute Peyton Gill gave her an assist. Niebrugge’s final goal was again unassisted in the 70th minute.
Eastin also scored an unassisted goal in the 14th minute putting the Green Wave up 3-0 at halftime.
Taylorville came roaring back to tie the game with three goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half, but Gill scored in the 58th minute on a Caroline Davis assist to put the Wave back on top again 4-3.
“It was a crazy run. We scored, they scored, and we scored," Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere said. “We woke up I think and decided to play with a little bit of urgency. It wasn’t pretty, but I guess we will take the win."