Twelfth-ranked Bellevue kept its winning streak alive with a 0-6 baseball victory over Morningside College on April 1 in Bellevue, Neb.
Morningside pitcher Derek Appley of Akron got the start. The junior and Akron-Westfield Community School alumni pitched for two and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, two walks, three hits and struck out two hitters. He did not factor in the pitching decision.
Morningside led 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Bruins broke the game open with a seven-run explosion to go ahead 9-3.
Against Appley, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Zac Clark led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Tanner Moore.
Bellevue (25-4-1 record) made it 2-0 in the third inning when Clark singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Morningside took the lead with a three-run fifth inning to go ahead 3-2. A Cole Halgerson double and a walk to David Badalucco set the stage for A.J. Staiert, who delivered a two-run double to tie the score. The Mustangs took the lead when Tanner O’Neill singled to drive in Staiert.
The Mustangs’ lead was short lived after the Bruins answered with seven runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Bellevue did all of the damage after two outs and nobody on base. Moore reached on an error to extend the inning. Nate Mullins and Dusty Kerns were both hit by pitches to lead the bases. The Bruins then struck for three consecutive hits with a two-run double by Brian Embery, a RBI single by Ryan Knutz, and a two-run single by Andy Smolinski to go up 7-3. After the Mustangs committed their second error of the inning, Clark broke the game open with a two-run double that put the Bruins ahead 9-3.
Morningside closed out the scoring with two runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth inning. The Mustangs scored their eighth inning runs on a RBI single by Tyler Candor and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Miller. Keaton Rowe doubled in the ninth inning and came home after singles by Britt Anderson and Halgerson.
Halgerson and Rowe each had a double and single to pace a nine-hit Morningside offensive attack. The Mustangs’ other hits were a double by Staiert and singles by Candor, O’Neill, Anderson and Adison Gillett,
Bellevue starting pitcher Kyle Kinman allowed three runs over the first five innings to get the pitching win. He walked one and struck out five.
Chris Eckstaine of Le Mars took the pitching loss for the Mustangs.
The loss dropped the Mustangs’ record to 10-17.