Morningside swept Hastings 4-0 and 6-5 in 10 innings in a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) baseball doubleheader April 8 at Lewis & Clark Park.
The sweep enabled the Mustangs to level their GPAC record at 4-4 and improve their overall record to 15-18. The Mustangs have four victories in their last six games.
The Mustangs rode the two-hit pitching of Derek Appley to win the opener.
Appley took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Trenton Neill broke up Appley’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single. Drew Magee followed with another single to put runners on first and second with no outs before Appley retired the next three hitters to end the threat.
Appley’s day was done after throwing 81 pitches through six innings. He walked two and struck out five while raising his record to 2-1.
Appley, a senior, is from Akron and an Akron-Westfield Community High School alumni.
“He had a shaky start in the first inning but showed the poise and composure and did great the rest of the way. He was able to locate his off-speed pitches for strikes. Derek came in and worked the hardest among all our pitchers since the Fall. He is gaining a lot of confidence,” said Morningside Head Coach Brian Drent.
John Sorenson yielded a two-out single to Denato Santos while pitching a scoreless seventh to preserve the victory.
Morningside gave Appley an early cushion when it scored two runs off Bronco starter Tyler Stender in the bottom of the first inning. Jacob Lamoreux started the rally with a single and advanced to second one out later on a walk to Nate Clark. Cole Halgerson put the Mustangs in front 1-0 with a RBI double that drove in Lamoreux and Clark scored later in the inning on a groundout by David Foley.
The Mustangs scored their other two runs in the third inning on RBI singles by Cole Chapin and Nolan Hoff.
Halgerson sluged a pair of doubles for two of the Mustangs’ seven hits against Stender, who walked three and struck out one in a complete game effort. Morningside’s other hits were singles by Lamoreux, Clark, Chapin, Hoff and A.J. Staiert.
Morningside won the nightcap in the bottom of the 10th inning on a scrifice by Eric Salmonson, who laid down a bunt to drive in Foley from third base.
The Mustangs scored their other runs in the first inning when Lamoreux scored on a wild pitch, in the thidd on a RBI double by Lamoreux, in the fourth on a RBI single by Foley, in the sixth on a scarifice bunt by Salmonson and in the seventh on a RBI single by Clark.
Lamoreux had three hits in the nightcap, including a triple and a double. Foley also had three hits and Adam Smith had two hits. The Mustangs’ other hits were singles by Salmonson, Clark and Blake Meacham.
Sorenson hurled 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. He allowed three hits and struck out two.
Mustang starter John Russell allowed two runs, both unearned, over the first four innings. Russell allowed three hits and three walks.
Appley had a 2-1 record, 2.31 Earned Run Average, with 35 innings pitched, 28 hits, 20 runs scored, nine earned runs, 14 walks and 35 strikeouts after the win over Hastings.
“We’ve played a lot of young guys who are now understanding their roles. We’re hoping to build momentum for the conference tournament,” said Drent.