Cole Halgerson singled with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to drive in Keaton Rowe with the winning run when Morningside defeated Midland 14-13 in the second game of Saturday's GPAC baseball doubleheader at Lewis & Clark Park.
Rowe led off the 11th inning with an infield single and stole second base prior to Halgerson's game winning hit.
The Mustangs, who rallied from an early 10-0 deficit in the nightcap, won the opener 7-5 behind a six-run fourth inning. The sweep put the Mustangs at the .500 mark in the GPAC race with a 4-4 record and pushed their overall mark to 13-18.
Midland's Tyler Brungardt held the Mustangs hitless through the first three innings of the opener, but was unable to make it through the fourth. David Badalucco doubled to center field with one out in the fourth for the Mustangs' first hit. The Mustangs were just getting started. After Josh Gross walked to put runners at first and second, Jordan Mouw tripled to right field to drive in the first two runs of the game. Cole Halgerson followed with a RBI single to make it 3-0 and then Adison Gillett tripled down the right field line to put the Mustangs up 4-0. A triple by Britt Anderson, the Mustangs' third three-base hit of the inning, increased the Mustangs' lead to 5-0 and chased Brungardt from the game.
Warrior reliever Conner Deines came on in relief to get the last two outs of the inning, but not before he uncorked a wild pitch that brought Anderson home with the sixth run of the inning.
Midland chased Mustang starter Matt Russell in the fifth stanza with a four-run uprising to get back in the game. Russell, who blanked the Warriors on three hits through the first four innings, exited with a 6-0 lead, one out, and the bases loaded. The Warriors scored their first run when Miguel Ramallo bounced into a fielder's choice and scored an extra run on the play after a throwing error on the shortstop. The Warriors used back-to-back hits with a RBI single by Zach Kinsella and a RBI double by Dylan Streyer to close within 6-4.
The Mustangs got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning to increase their lead to 7-4 when Rowe reached base on an error by the shortstop, stole second, and scored on a RBI single by Mouw.
Midland gave the Mustangs a scare in the top of the seventh when it started the inning with three straight singles to load the bases and prompt the Mustangs to bring on Alex Groth in relief. Groth got Thomas Jurgensen to bounce into a run-scoring double play and then retired Andrew Cassidy on a fly out to left field to end the game and record his third save of the season.
Mouw was the big hitter in the Mustangs' lineup with a triple, single, and three RBIs. Halgerson added a pair of singles, while Anderson and Gillett had triples and Badalucco a double.
Russell allowed three runs, two of them earned, on four hits over the first 4.1 innings to get the win. He walked four and struck out two.
Courtesy: Morningside Media Relations
Game one of today's home conference doubleheader against the Bulldogs of Concordia was just what the doctor ordered for the team from atop the Cliff. The BC bats came alive and propelled the Chargers to an 11-5 victory, snapping an eight-game skid.
Game two, however, was all Bulldogs as Joe Bradenburg pitched a one-hitter and Concordia posted a 5-0 shutout win. The Chargers, now 5-21 overall and 2-4 in league play, will host Nebraska Wesleyan, tomorrow. Concordia is now 10-14 (3-3).
Courtesy: Briar Cliff Media Relations
Brooke Lyman's homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning drove in three runs and started a Charger rally which resulted in a come-from-behind 6-5 home win over the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan and helped the Chargers earn a split on the day.
Nebraska Wesleyan posted a 5-0 decision in game two. Lyman went 1-4 in the opener, finishing with four RBI, while Jane Hartigan went 2-3. In the second game, the Chargers were outhit, 9-5. Briar Cliff, now 3-9 overall and 1-3 in league play, will play at Concordia, tomorrow. Nebraska Wesleyan is now 7-8 (2-2).
Courtesy: Briar Cliff Media Relations
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