No. 10 Senators sweep twinbill from Milligan JV
The 10th ranked Walters State Senators extended their winning streak to nine games Monday afternoon by sweeping a home doubleheader against Milligan College’s junior varsity team.
WSCC belted 21 hits and got a pair of stellar outings on the mound, as they pulled out a 5-1 win in the opener before rolling to a 15-0 victory in the nightcap.
With the sweep, the Senators have won 20 of their last 22 games to improve to 28-7 on the season.
“Our pitching really kept us in the first game and the second one too until we got late runs across the plate,” WSCC coach David Shelton said. “We just left too many guys on base in the first game, but we were able to get enough runs to win it.”
In the opener, Walters State freshman pitcher Brett Martin (3-1) carried a shutout in the seventh inning and allowed just four hits and one unearned run while striking out nine batters in picking up the win on the mound.
“Brett did a great job,” Shelton said. “He had a few too many walks, but he did a great job of getting out of trouble late in the game. I was hoping he would get a shutout, but just giving up one run is pretty good.”
The Senators left plenty of runners on base (10) in the game, but they pushed five across the plate to give Martin his support.
Dathan Prewett led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Farr. James Fowlkes followed with a bunt single and wound up at third before being stranded, but WSCC led 1-0.
Prewett helped add to the lead in the third frame. After another leadoff infield single, he stole second, moved to third on a deep fly ball and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Senators added three more runs in the fifth, with Fowlkes scoring on a grounder by Austin Norrell. Austin Taylor followed with a single, and pinch runner Will Carter scored on a double by Taylor Martin before Prewett drove in Martin to extend the lead to 5-0.
Martin issued a pair of walks to open the sixth inning but used a double play to help escape the jam. He surrendered an RBI single to Colby Edds in the seventh and left the game with two outs. Campbell Scholl recorded the final out to get close out the win.
Prewett belted thee hits while Fowlkes and Taylor Martin had two hits each in the victory. Prewett swiped four bases in the opener.
In the nightcap, Prewett was at it again in the bottom of the first. He ripped a leadoff single before stealing second, and scoring after two straight ground balls. Farr was credited with an RBI to make it 1-0.
The lead jumped to 2-0 in the third on an RBI grounder by Prewett, and WSCC blew the game open in the fourth with a six-run frame. Ross Grosvenor had an RBI single and Reed Hayes added a two-run base hit before Farr drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Prewett later scored on an error, and Elijah Sutherland crossed the plate after a wild pitch to make it 8-0.
The Senators added to the lead in the fifth. After loading the bases on three walks, Norrell scored on a wild pitch and Grosvenor came home on a sacrifice fly by Prewett that padded the lead to 10-0.
Norrell drove in a pair in the sixth with a double and scored on a two-bagger from Jason Costa before Hayes and Sutherland both drove in runs on fly balls to make it 15-0.
After Andrew Towns (3-0) tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just two singles for WSCC on the mound, Grant Painter and Carter came on in relief and tossed two scoreless innings to close out the game.
“Towns had his best outing of the year, and that will be huge for his confidence,” Shelton said. “Our three relievers did a great job also.”
Costa had three hits in the win, while Prewett and Grosvenor added two hits apiece. Prewett ended the day with five stolen bases, giving him 31 for the season.
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor