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Tigers take down Wolves on road

New London scores 17 runs in Henry County showdown
Jun 14, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger New London's Javis Krieger dives home to score a run on a wild pitch.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


NEW LONDON — The New London and Winfield-Mt. Union baseball teams met in Winfield on Wednesday night for a matchup between the two Henry County Class 1A teams. The Tiger offense flexed their muscle in a 17-2 New London victory in four innings.

W-MU seemed to have the hot start. Starting pitcher Collin Simmons worked a one-two-three top of the first inning, and the Wolves loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, New London starter Sam Loyd was able to pitch out of the jam. Loyd worked for two-straight flyouts and the game was scoreless after one inning.

New London scored four runs in the top of the fourth. Keontae Luckett and Isaac McSorley each had an RBI in the frame.

The Tigers stretched their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third inning on RBI singles from shae Summerfield and Javis Krieger. The Wolves did respond with one of their own in the bottom of the third on a single by Bryant Holtkamp.

Britt Noel hit an RBI triple in the top of the fourth inning, and that opened the floodgates for 10 more runs throughout the inning. The Tigers slugged hit after hit into the outfield in the 11-run fourth and took a 17-1 advantage into the bottom of the inning.

The Wolves’ offense was able to get one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Brody Barton knocked in a run. The Wolves had the bases loaded with one out with a chance to extend the game, but New London reliever Jax Boyer got the final two outs to end the game.

The Tigers had three players with multiple hits in the win. Loyd went 2-4 with three RBIs and two runs. Mason Porter went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Summerfield went 2-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Luckett finished the day 1-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

The Tigers stole 18 bases in the win. Summerfield had four of those. Luckett and Porter stole three apiece. McSorley, Noel and Darius Whaley stole two apiece, and both Loyd and Cooper Schulte stole one.

Loyd gave up one unearned run on four hits nad no walks over his three innings of work. Loyd had two strikeouts in the win. Boyer gave up one earned run on two hits and one walk while striking out two batters over his one frame.

After the game, New London head coach Brad Helmerson talked about his team’s offensive explosion.

“It’s one of those deals where you don’t like to 15-run a team,” Helmerson said. “But when you’ve got the pitch count going, it’s kind of one of those unfortunate deals where it’s what the goal is, to save as much pitching as you can.”

Helmerson also spoke about his team’s red-hot start. The Tigers are now 12-2 with two more games this week, one tonight (Thursday) against Central Lee and one on Friday, June 15 against Wapello.

“In the long stretch, two big games left this week,” Helmerson said. “We need to complete this week with all wins and then we’d be sitting pretty good.”

W-MU was led offensively by Nick Crow, who went 2-2 on the night. Holtkamp was 1-2 with an RBI. Barton went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Simmons scored one run on the game, and both Christian Gerot and Jacob Ford had one hit.

“We put a few good at bats together in the first inning,” W-MU head coach Kenton Klopfenstein said about his offense. “We were able to come out and get the bases loaded, and then leave them loaded. That hurt us quite a bit. We got a few thing going there in the last inning, but not enough.”

Simmons gave up 13 runs (12 earned) on 10 hits and five walks over his three innings. Mitchell Niebuhr threw one inning in relief, giving up four runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks, while striking out two.

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