Thomas Ware and Dylan Miller combined to drive in 11 runs for the Fremont-Mills baseball team in a 15-7 Corner Conference victory over Sidney on Thursday.
Ware was 4-for-6 at the plate with a double and five RBIs and Miller was also 4-for-6 with six RBIs.
Knight coach Dennis Hammer was happy with his team’s offensive production but was disappointed with his team’s 11 strikeouts - and their inability to put the Cowboys away with a seven run lead.
“We hit it pretty well but it never felt like we put them away,” said Hammer. “I kept feeling like we were in control but our killer instinct never kicked in when we got up big.”
After taking a 7-0 lead after three innings, the Cowboys plated four runs in the fourth. When the Knights added another five runs in the fifth, Sidney came back to score two more runs to make a game of it.
“I give them credit, they came fighting back every time,” Hammer said.
Miller earned the win on the mound for the Knights (6-3 overall, 5-1 in the conference), scattering seven hits and three earned runs over five runs of work to improve to 2-0 on the season. Brandon Herrick pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh to earn the save.
The Fremont-Mills baseball team pounded out 10 hits and got a complete-game on the mound from Austin Hansen, but Stanton took advantage of Knight miscues to steal a 9-5 victory last Tuesday.
“We made some mistakes base running and we just gave them a few outs and they capitalized on them,” said Fremont-Mills coach Dennis Hammer. “We couldn't capitalize when we needed too and Stanton is a very good team.”
Stanton improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Corner Conference with the win.
Hansen (1-2) allowed 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out 11.
“He threw a good ballgame,” said Hammer. “He gave up 10 hits but we got 10. He threw well enough to win, I think.”
Hansen helped his own cause at the plate with two hits and an RBI.
Brandon Herrick was 3-for-4, one RBI and two stolen bases. Thomas Ware and Dylan Miller each added two hits.