Hallsville hammers Greenville
By George Whitley
April 15, 2017 at 4 a.m.
HALLSVILLE - It was a Good Friday indeed for the Hallsville baseball team.
The 15th ranked Bobcats scored early and often, affording head coach Scott Mitchell the luxury to sweep the bench.
Pounding out nine hits and posting 11 runs in a half-hour long bottom half of the second paved the way as the Bobcats strolled to a 14-0 shutout over the hapless Greenville Lions.
Cooper Rawls got the start for Hallsville and ran his record to 8-0, giving up just one base hit and striking out three. The best thing about it all was Rawls only had to throw 35 pitches. He gave way to Justin Gorby, who worked a hitless inning, while Tyler Daniel came in to shut the door in the abbreviated five-inning affair.
No less than 17 Bobcats got to take their turn in the batter's box. Mitchell said this was a win, win.
"You have kids that come out here everyday and work hard. They practice and compete. You want to get as many kids in a game like this as you can. To get them in and have them perform, too," Mitchell said. "We had some kids get in and get some hits. We talk about being prepared when called and them staying focused and practicing everyday pays off. It was a good thing to see."
Bobcat lead off man Ty Meissner propelled the hitting assault with a single, run scored and RBI double. Logan Durrett had three RBI, while Carson Chapman and Colton Oney each drove in two runs as a total of 11 Hallsville batters got base hits.
With the win, Hallsville secures a playoff spot in District 16-5A. The Bobcats improve to 21-3 overall and 7-1 in league action, while the Lions slide to 1-16 and 0-8, respectively.
"I don't know where we'll be seeded when it's all said and done, but we'll be one of the four. So it's important that we get as many kids in as we can. It's all about depth. When you get into a two out of three series, you may have a kid come in and get a pinch hit and change the game," Mitchell explained.
Rawls only need 12 pitches to get the Lions out in order to start play. Meissner laced a single to left as the Bobcat half of the first commenced. Tye Smith had a check swing back to the mound that worked as good as a bunt and Meissner took second.
Tagging on a Matt Wyman fly out to center, Meissner put himself 90 feet from scoring the game's first run. Greenville's Justin Page got out of trouble as Meissner was cut down trying to steal home and the inning ended scoreless.
Rawls mowed the side down in order again in the second, including back-to-back strikeouts. This essentially set the table for the Bobcats to explode in their half of the second, sending no less than 16 to bat and blowing the game wide open.
With one in the books, Chapman and Oney worked consecutive walks. Dylan Bailey picked up Chapman from second with a run-scoring single to right. Blaine Parker took one the opposite way to left and chased home Oney with the game's second run.
The fun was only getting started for the Bobcats. Pinch runner Cade Molidor came in on a Lion error in left field. Back to the top of the order, Meissner roped a double down the line in left and Parker crossed to make it 4-0.
Smith walked on four pitches and Durrett blooped a two-run single to right field as both Meissner and Smith scored. After Wyman singled to center, Chapman doubled into the right center-field gap, enabling both Durrett and Wyman to come home.
Mason Oxsheer, who had legged out an infield hit prior to Chapman's two bagger, scored when Oney laced a single to left. Final destruction of the second inning came when Chapman scooted down the line on a wild pitch and Oney scratched following an error at first base.
The Bobcats tacked on a deuce in the third as Durrett walked, Gorby was plunked by a pitch to start the frame. Durrett was plated on a single from Michael Hawes, while Oney's sac fly to center allowed Gorby to tag and score. Spencer Patterson ripped a shot to left in the fourth and eventually found his way to third on a couple wild pitches before Durrett picked him on a fly out to centerfield.
Hallsville returns to the diamond Tuesday when its visits Pine Tree at the Field Of Dreams.