Trojans take two from Knights
MOUNT UNION – With one game in the books as part of a doubleheader, Mount Union’s bats remained white hot for the second game as the Trojans easily won two against visiting Moshannon Valley.
Led by hard hitting Trevon Walker, who finished the day with a double and a triple, the Trojans exploded for 17 runs in the late game to defeat the Black Knights 17-2 in a three-inning contest.
“Trevon had a couple of nice big shots today and gave us a chance to score some runs,” Mount Union manager Nick Imperoli said. “Hopefully now we are swinging the bats and everyone got to play in either of the games.”
That followed a four-inning game that saw Mount Union pick up a 15-0 victory; the damage to the Knights in the Inter-County Conference twinbill was 32-2 over a total of seven innings.
Picking up the second victory was Thad Wakefield. Wakefield came in in the first in early relief of Dylan Sunderland, who pitched in the first contest.
The young pitcher shined, allowing no hits in his shortened outing.
Moshannon Valley opened the contest with its only two runs on the day.
How would Mount Union answer back? Simple – the Trojans sent 15 players to the plate and scored 10 runs in the first inning.
Leadoff hitter Klayton Heffner opened with a single to left. Brady Goodling took little time bringing home his teammate, blasting a double to the gap in left-center field, cutting the Black Knights’ lead to 2-1.
Walker drew a pass, putting runners on the corners. Hunter Atherton hustled his way on base on an error, scoring Goodling and advancing Walker over to third.
Drew Harshbarger and Thad Wakefield put the Trojans out in front 3-2 with two RBI singles, ending the only lead Moshannon Valley had all day.
In his second trip, Walker cleared the bases with a massive shot deep into the corner of left. He tripled and scored on a throwing error from the left fielder. Going into the top of the second, Mount Union held a 10-2 advantage.
Wakefield was tough on the mound striking out five Black Knights in 2 1/3 innings.
Moshannon Valley’s pitcher posted only four strike outs on the day.
In the bottom of the second, Mount Union manufactured three more runs to take a commanding 13-2 advantage. The inning was highlighted by Walker’s second extra-base hit of the day. His double helped in the scoring column.
Mount Union ended the contest in the bottom of the third posting the final four runs it needed for a 15-run margin. Picking up hits in the inning were Jack Smith, Andrew Atherton, Cole Wilson and James Woods. Woods ended the game in style, plastering a two-run double.
Mount Union (12-3) has another doubleheader today, a 2 p.m. start at Bellwood-Antis.
Mount Union 15, Moshannon Valley 0 (4 inn.)
MOUNT UNION – In the first game, Mount Union’s Dylan Sunderland went the distance on the mound, allowing just three hits while his offense rolled over visiting pitcher Craig Ohs. Mount Union singled its way to the victory.
Klayton Heffner led the Mount Union offense with a 3-for-4 day and an RBI.
“It was a nice day. Everything went well for us tonight,” Mount Union skipper Nick Imperoli said. “I thought Dylan did a nice job for us today. I thought we had some good hits in there today.”
Moshannon Valley was the home team in the first contest and held the Trojans to their lowest output of the day in the top of the first inning.
In the top of the first, Mount Union plated two runs to take an early lead. Heffner belted a single to lead off the game and he moved to third when teammate Brady Goodling doubled, putting runners in scoring position.
Two fielder’s choices by Trevon Walker and Hunter Atherton brought home both Heffner and Goodling, making it 2-0.
After holding Moshannon Valley scoreless in the bottom of the inning, Mount Union went right back to work, picking up three runs.
Sunderland walked to start off the inning. With two outs, Goodling and Walker both showed their patience at the plate, loading the bases reaching on consecutive walks.
Hunter Atherton picked up his second RBI of the contest, allowing Sunderland to score run No. 6. When the dust settled Mount Union held a secure 5-0 lead going into the third.
Sunderland continued to keep the Black Knights’ bats silent.
Going into the third inning, Mount Union put the game out of reach, plating another four runs, giving the home team a comfortable 9-0 advantage.
With the Moshannon Valley bats quieted, the Trojan offense just got stronger with a seven-run fourth to put the first game on ice.