William Woods Baseball Extends Win Streak
FULTON, MO -- The William Woods baseball team extended their winning streak to nine games, with a weekend series sweep over Williams Baptist. The Owls won game one 3-2 and game two 18-8 (7 innings).
After totaling 25 runs in two games yesterday, the offense continued to keep on rolling, as Greg
Hamrock led the game off with a single and he was able to advance to second on a stolen base. After Stephen Kohler struck out, and Hamrock stole third base, Zach Nichols reached base on a walk, putting runners on the corners for the Owls.
Matt Thomas then hit a sacrifice fly out to right center field, scoring Hamrock and giving the Owls a 1- 0 advantage. Dane Smith got the ball for the Owls in game one and he didn't start the game off how he wanted too, as he hit Mitchell Dennis to start the game.
Blake Coffman was up next and he singled down the left field line, moving Dennis to third base and putting the Eagles in great position to tie the game. Catcher Tyler Williams was able to tie the game at 1-1 after hitting a sacrifice fly, scoring Dennis.
The game remained tied until the top of the fifth, as Kyle Switzer led the inning off with a walk and during the Austin Clapp at bat, he stole second, getting into scoring position. Clapp hit a sacrifice bunt, moving Switzer on over to third.
Jordan Thompson got his first RBI of the day, hitting a single to left, scoring Switzer and giving the Owls the lead back at 2-1. Hamrock then hit a double to right center, moving Thompson over to third, and with the heart of the order coming up, the team looked to extend their one run lead.
The Eagles then replaced starter Chris Richardson with reliever Micheal Reynolds, who walked Kohler the first batter he faced, loading up the bases for Zach Nichols. Reynolds was able to get a big second out, striking out one of the better hitters for the Owls as of late. The reliever then got Matt Thomas to strike out as well, getting out of the inning, but William Woods still held a 2-1 advantage.
In the top of the seventh, the team extended their lead to 3-1, after Kohler hit a sacrifice fly scoring Hamrock, who hit a one out double earlier in the inning and was able to steal third base during the Kohler at bat.
Things got interesting in the bottom of the seventh, as Ethan Clark and Aaron Jones both reached base, putting the tying run on first base with nobody out. Coach Darren Munns came out and relieved Smith who pitched well, and brought in Matt Thomas to close out the game.
Thomas got Dylan Clark to strike out and then Jim Manney reached on a fielder's choice, on the play second baseman Harrison made a wild throw to first, allowing Clark to score from second and then move Manney up into scoring position.
The Brashear, Mo, native got Kendall Fay to strike out, ending the game and extending the Owls winning streak to eight games. Dane Smith picks up the victory, throwing six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out three. Thomas picks up his conference leading fifth save on the year. The offense totaled seven hits in game one, led by Hamrock going 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
In game two, the offense gained the early advantage in the first inning, as Hamrock led the inning off with a double. Kohler hit a sacrifice bunt, moving Hamrock over to third, and then Nichols was hit-by-pitch, putting runners on the corners for Thomas.
The designated hitter singled to first, scoring Hamrock and gave the Owls a 1-0 lead. The Owls continued their small ball play, as Jacob Harrison bunted on a squeeze play and reached first base, allowing Nichols to score making it 2-0 Owls.
The Eagles were able to tie the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the second inning, getting RBI from Dylan Clark and Manney. The offense started to pick up for both teams after the third, as in the top of the fourth, the Owls responded with two runs of their own, regaining a 4-2 lead, as Kohler and Nichols each contributed one RBI for the team.
Williams Baptist came right back, scoring two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game back up at 4-4. Then, for the second time in this weekend series, the Owls scored eight runs on six hits, helped out by two Eagle errors, extending the lead to 12-4. This is the third time the team has scored double-digit runs against the Eagles and the sixth time they have scored at least 10 runs during the winning streak.
The Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, cutting the lead down to 12-6, but the WBC
pitching couldn't slow down the Owls offense, as after scoring eight runs in the fifth, the team scored six more runs in the sixth on four hits, taking a commanding 18-6 lead.
Williams Baptist added two more runs in the seventh, but it wasn't enough to continue the game, as the Owls 10 run ruled the Eagles, winning 18-8. Starter John Cavness picks up his third victory on the season throwing 3 1/3 innings pitched, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out three.
The offense totaled 20 hits in game two, with all the starters having at least one hit in the game. Eight out of the nine starters also had at least one RBI. Matt Thomas led the team in RBI with four to go along with his 3-for-5 day at the plate and one run scored. Kohler had a good day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Nichols (2), Harrison (1), Ryan Sweet (1), Derek Fletcher (2), Clapp (1) and Justin Elmore (1), were the other Owls who added runs batted in.
The team has now won nine straight games out-scoring their opponents 111-51 and now will finish the rest of the season out all at home.
The Owls (21-14, 15-7 AMC), will now face off at home in a non-conference double-header starting against Benedictine (Kan.) at 3:00 p.m. Game two will start at 7:00 p.m. against Culver-Stockton College.