Pulaski Hilltoppers baseball season begins
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[March 20, 2017]
The Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers baseball team opened their 2017 season
Friday night in the PBR High School Jamboree at Lenz Field in
Jacksonville. The young Hilltoppers squad, which features eight
underclassmen in the starting lineup and one senior, lost both games
in five innings Friday night.
In the first game the Hilltoppers fell 13-3 to the Mendon Unity
Mustangs. Mount Pulaski scored all three of their runs in the bottom
of the first inning, capped off by sophomore Logan DeRight’s first
home run of the season. DeRight’s 2-run shot traveled 352 feet. The
Hilltoppers led 3-1 at the end of the first inning but the Mustangs
came back to take tie the game in the third inning and went ahead
4-3 in the top of the fourth inning. The Mustangs scored nine runs
in the top of the fifth inning to shut the door on the Hilltoppers
and come away with the 13-3 win. For Mount Pulaski in addition to
the home run by DeRight, Ben Fricke had two hits while Tanner Farris
and Joey Davis each recorded singles. Farris had a stolen base to
his credit as well. On the mound DeRight was credited with the loss.
DeRight pitched four innings, giving up six hits and four runs. He
recorded two strikeouts.
In the second game Mount Pulaski lost to the Harvest Christian
Academy Lions 13-3 in five innings. Mount Pulaski only recorded one
hit in the contest, a single by Tanner Farris. The Lions took a 1-0
lead in the second inning and proceeded to score in each inning
after that. A seven run fifth inning slammed the door here and the
Lions walked away with the 13-0 win. Farris, a sophomore, got the
loss for the Hilltoppers. He pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up nine
hits and five runs. He recorded one strikeout.
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As for the
losses to open the season, Mount Pulaski Head Coach Joel Washko said
following the games, “We had one real bad inning in the field in
each of the two games. We had a couple mental errors and we had some
trouble throwing strikes. I thought we competed well other than
that. We had all freshmen and sophomores on the field with the
exception of one kid, so it was a learning experience. We will learn
from it and continue to get better every day.”
Mount Pulaski is home today versus Central A & M for a 4:30 p.m.
start at Bob Gasaway Field.