Knights rally past Wolverines, 10-9

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    TABOR - Fremont-Mills rallied from down seven runs and recorded a triple-play to end the game in East Mills 10-9 in Corner Conference baseball last Tuesday.
    “Another night, another blown lead,” said East Mills coach Cole Buchholz.  
    The Wolverines (5-4 overall, 5-2 in the conference) sprinted out to a 7-0 lead before errors and some hitting by the Knights allowed Fremont-Mills (6-5 overall, 5-2 in the conference) to take the lead heading into the ninth.
    Trailing 10-9 in the ninth, the Wolverines put their first two hitters on base with no outs. But a blooped bunt was snagged by the Knights leading to a rare, game-ending triple play.  
    “The guys have the conference in their hands, and they just don’t want to grab it yet,” Buchholz said. “We still control our destiny, but we are going to have to learn to close teams out.  Give F-M a lot of credit for battling back.”
    The Knight win puts them in a tie for first place with the Wolverines atop the conference standings.
    Chase McCollum came on in relief of starter Clayton Wilson to record the win. He pitched the final four innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out five.
    The Knights pounded out 11 hits, led by Corey Morrical’s 4-for-4 night. The senior also drove in two runs and scored twice.
    Clayton Wilson had two hits and Mason Umphreys three for the Knights.
    Charlie Ruff started the game for East Mills and went five innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out five.  Austin Sommerla came on to pitch an inning in relief and recorded the loss.  
    Freshman Kyle Ryun paced the Wolverines offense going 3-for-3 and stealing three bases.  
    David Howell drove in three runs on a double and Daniel Duysen went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and an RBI.  
    Luke Schafer had a hit, scored three times and stole four bases.


Roland-Story 10,
East Mills 4
    Roland-Story scored six runs in the  bottom of the ninth inning to escape Malvern with a 10-4 victory over East Mills on Saturday.
    The Wolverines (5-5 overall, 5-2 in the Corner Conference) had six hits in the loss, with Charlie Ruff leading the way with a double and a triple. Ruff also pitched eight innings, allowed 10 hits, four earned runs and struck out four but took the loss.

C.B. Thomas Jefferson 12,
Fremont-Mills 2
    Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson scored eight runs in the third inning while holding Fremont-Mills to two hits in a 12-2 victory last Monday.
    Austin Switzer recorded the loss on the hill, allowing two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Nine of the Yellowjackets 12 runs were unearned.
    Mason Umphreys and Jace Kemp each had a hit for the Knights.