New London lone winner in Class 1A first-round action
New London was the lone county winner in the opening round of the Class 1A baseball tournaments Tuesday night.
The Tigers dropped Holy Trinity, 13-6, while Winfield-Mt. Union was a 8-0 loser to Danville and WACO was no-hit by Burlington Notre Dame, 10-0.
Following is a summary of each game.
NEW LONDON 13, HOLY TRINITY 6
Cameron Watson whacked a double and two singles in three plate appearances, nearly accounting for much of the New London offense in its first-round win. Watson drove in three runs and scored twice.
The Tigers built a 7-3 lead after three innings and then weathered a three-run Holy Trinity fifth inning which drew the Crusaders to within 8-6 before the winners responded with four runs in the fifth to regain a comfortable 12-6 lead.
Winning-pitcher Quincy Porter blasted a three-run homer, keying New London’s fifth-inning splurge. Porter also had a single and scored four runs.
On the mound, Porter gave up just one earned run in 5-1/3 innings as he was victimized by five New London errors. Porter struck out three and walked one. Mitch Boles finished up with 1-2/3 innings of hitless relief.
Boles and Jayden Flowers added two hits each for the winners. Boles two singles were good for a pair of Tiger runs. Reno Chiri had the team’s final hit.
New London (10-15) plays Van Buren at Keosauqua Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Danville and Burlington Notre Dame meet in the other semifinal game. The district final is Saturday at 7 p.m. in Danville.
Holy Trinity ended the campaign 4-14.
DANVILLE 8, WINFIELD-MT. UNION 0
When you don’t hit, it puts a damper on your scoring opportunities.
Such was the case in this tourney game. The Wolves could only muster a single from Darren Hunter in the fourth inning.
Hunter Peebler, 3-2 on the season, was lights out for the Bears, striking out 14 W-MU hitters in turning in the mound gem.
W-MU did load the bases in the seventh on a hit-batsman and two walks, but Peebler regained his confidence and fanned the last hitter. On the season, Peebler has 49 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched. Wildness, however, has led him into trouble on occasion as he has walked 24 hitters.
Travis Jones, 1-4, was saddled with the loss.
The Bears are 17-11 on the season and W-MU bows out at 8-18.
BURLINGTON NOTRE DAME 10, WACO 0 (5 innings)
WACO’s first varsity baseball season in a number of years ended in Danville Tuesday night.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Nikes scored in every inning thereafter. While BND’s offense was clicking, Nike pitcher Spencer Ferguson, 1-1, held the Warriors hitless.
The sophomore, who had thrown just 6-1/3 innings all season, struck out 10 in the five-inning game that was called via the mercy rule
B.J. Roberts was the losing pitcher for the Warriors, who ended the campaign winless in 16 outings.