WARRENSBURG -- Taylorville pitchers Blake Donnan, Kyle Foraker and Jackson Tex combined for a one-hitter against Warrensburg-Latham Thursday as the Tornadoes won 13-1 in a non-conference game.
Donnan and Foraker each pitched 2.1 innings and each struck out four batters.
“It was a good non-conference win. We battled the wind for a while. It was nice to get out of there with a win," Taylorville coach Brian Sample said. "We threw a couple different pitchers. The kids handled the conditions pretty well. I think the wind worked in our favor a little. We played solid defense with it."
The Tornadoes offense came alive in the second and fifth innings, scoring six runs in each and was led by Luke Taylor who was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Hunter Morgan was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Will Kettelkamp hit 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.
"A couple of balls may not have gone as far as they did without the wind, so it benefited us a little bit," Sample said.
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 12, Arcola 4
ARCOLA -- On a day with winds blowing from 24 to 40 miles per hour at times, Arcola was on the verge of an upset over Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division game. The Purple Riders led 4-2 after five innings but in the sixth the Knights took the lead for good scoring three runs, two after starting pitcher Beau Jones, a sophomore was hit in the left shin by a line drive and couldn't pitch anymore.
A-L-A-H is off to one of its best starts in years, improving to 10-3 overall with a 12-4 victory, scoring the last 10 runs in the final two innings at Moore Memorial Park.
"Beau was throwing a great game, " said Arcola coach Justin Wilson, a 2017 graduate of Charleston. "He had given up two earned runs when he was hit. That just kind of shocked our team. Our pitcher (Jose Vasquez, a sophomore) was not quite warmed up yet. We had just sent him down to get ready for the next inning. So, we were rushed into putting him in. That rattled the team a little bit and thew us off the pace we were playing at. We just fell apart in the last inning and a half."
A-L-A-H batted around in the seventh plating seven runs, including two on a home run by Lucas Otto, his second of the season. Ryan Yeakley, who was the winning pitcher, drove in a run as did Cody Miller, Scott McClain and Brady Borntreger.