CENTERBURG — In a game where there were few hard hit balls, the visiting Highland Scots made the most of what they got. In the process, they ran the Centerburg Trojans ragged, defeating them, 7-1, in their Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference baseball clash.
The Scots got five strong innings out of starting pitcher Tate Tobin, who gave up a hit and struck out seven batters, only walking three. Only leadoff batter Brenden Christy scored for Centerburg, reaching base on an error, racking up a pair of steals and scoring on a passed ball.
“After that first play, we settled in and started making plays,” Tobin said. “Our defense was error-free the whole game, except for that first play. After that play, we just moved on. Our guys were playing the small ball and playing as hard as we could.”
Highland’s Jarin Vasquez’s RBI single drove in Minnick to put the Scots on top, 3-1, in the third inning.
Centerburg starter Jackson Goulter, also hurled five innings. The Trojans’ lefty gave up five hits and three runs, while fanning eight.
Vasquez gave the Trojans another run in the sixth, reaching on a walk and scoring on a sacrifice. He scored on an error in the seventh, after reaching on a walk. Speedy Randy Cain, running for Anglin, scored and so did Ian Taylor to give the Scots plenty of cushion in the top of the seventh.
“Great job by the boys — especially at the bottom of the lineup,” said Highland coach Don Kline. “Zach Wetzel got a good bunt down, Reese Weissenfluh had a couple of infield hits. Brant Howard had a beautiful bunt. That kind of opened it up for us and put some pressure on them. We got a couple of runs, extended the lead and got us playing in front and that’s always good.”
In all, the Scots had four infield hits, three sacrifices and three steals. The Scots’ aggressive baserunning was aided by a pair of Trojan errors, two wild pitches and two passed balls.
“(Highland) just did the little things right,” said Centerburg coach Joe Smith. “They executed when they needed to. They slowly added to their lead and, gradually, put some distance between us. We have to do a better job of doing the little things right, but it’s only Game 3 of a long season.”
The Scots (3-0, 3-0 KMAC) will host Centerburg, today at 5 p.m. at Highland High School. Anglin will take the mound for the Scots. The starting pitcher for the Trojans (2-1, 2-1 KMAC) is yet to be decided.
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