MOULTON — If you like offense, this game was for you. There were a couple of outstanding offensive performances as Moravia came away with a 11-6 Bluegrass Conference win over Moulton-Udell on Friday.
“I thought for being off for a week that we did a lot of good things. We did a much better job at the plate tonight and cut down on our strikeouts,” Moulton-Udell head coach Jason Ogden.
Each team scored a run in the first inning with Moravia’s Cason Butz scoring on a Casey Smith RBI single. Butz would have a career night at the plate, going 5-for-5 with three doubles, one RBI and two stolen bases.
The Eagles would match that run with a Wyatt Stansberry solo home run to deep left to lead off the bottom of the first. It was the junior’s first career home run and Moulton-Udell’s first long ball since 2014, where they hit seven as a team.
Stansberry couldn’t believe it as he asked if it went out as he was rounding the bases before jumping in excitement. He was greeted by his teammates at home plate as the Eagles looked to ride his momentum.
Moravia would respond well after the home run, retiring 17 of the 19 Moulton-Udell batters.
The Mohawks then started to take advantage with their bats, getting a RBI from Butz and Matthew Seals while Gage Hanes finished with two RBIs and Smith added three of his own.
Things were looking bleak for the Eagles as they trailed 11-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but Moulton-Udell would get RBI singles from Clayton Morlan and Dawson Veldhuizen and a two-RBI double from Caleb Martin to close the gap to 11-6 before stranding two on to finish the game.
Smith got the win for Moravia after pitching three innings, giving up one run on two hits with four strikeouts. He was replaced by Wil Martin, who pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts. Gage Hanes had some trouble in his 1 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned on four hits with two walks. Martin game back in for Hanes to get the final out of the game.
Stansberry took the loss for Moulton-Udell, giving up seven runs, five earned, on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
“We continue to trend in the right direction. A lot of the things we are doing, don't show up in the stat column or on the scoreboard, but i really like our approach the things we are doing and I feel that will show before the end of the season,” Ogden said.
Moulton-Udell (1-2) travel to Mormon Trail (1-4) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Moravia (2-2) will be at Central Decatur (2-2) on Monday at 5:30 p.m.