Falcons beat Wayne City to snap losing streak
Blaine Morse, pictured pitching against Galatia at Rent One Park, was key in Elverado's win over Wayne City later in the week, driving in a pair of runs in the 5-3 victory for the Falcons. (Doug Daniels Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
April 21, 2018
(Dowell & Marion, Ill.) - Elverado started last week off with a pair of losses at Rent One Park in Marion, home of the Southern Illinois Miners, then fell to Cobden on Tuesday before ending the losing streak with a home win over Wayne City on Thursday, April 19.
Up first in Monday's trip to Marion was Gallatin County, who put the Falcons away 7-0 as Elverado scattered their four hits. Tanner Shread took the loss on the mound despite a solid effort through four innings of work. Hits for the Falcons came from Trey Bernardini (1-3, 2B), Blaine Morse (1-3), Andrew Thomas (1-3) and Zach Absher (1-2).
Elverado was able to score two runs on a homer by Morse (1-2, R, RBI, HR, BB) in game two against Galatia, but that bomb would be their only hit of the contest as the Falcons fell 13-2.
"It was a neat experience at Rent One Park but we didn’t play very well," said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. "A couple big innings on some errors dug some holes for us."
At Cobden the following day, the Falcons' offense was still missing in action as the Appleknockers scored a 10-0 shutout at home over Elverado. The Falcons managed just one hit on the day, a two-out single in the top of the second inning by Hunter McRoy (1-2).
"We bounced back nicely defensively against Cobden with an errorless game, credit to them, they hit the ball well all day," Emling said.
The drought ended on Thursday at home, as Elverado battled past Wayne City 5-3, getting a complete game on the mound from Bernardini, who allowed just four hits, walked none and struck out seven.
"Wednesday the kids came out with a good mindset at practice," Emling said. "We went back to breaking down swings and talking about mindsets at the plate. I think their efforts on that showed up against Wayne City. We hit a lot of balls hard, and had another good defensive game."
"Trey pitched the complete game and worked out of some jams to get us the victory. The defense made some plays and we did what we had to do at the plate to push runs across with some good situational hitting. That game was a big step for us in the right direction.”
The game was knotted at 3-3 until the bottom of the fourth when Clayton Tripp-Reams delivered an RBI on a ground ball to score McRoy, then George Shread gave EHS an insurance run an inning later with his RBI single to score Morse.
Hits for Falcons came from Bernardini (1-2, 2 BB), Morse (2-2, 2 RBI, 2 2B, BB) and G. Shread (1-3, RBI).
Photos by Doug Daniels / ElveradoSports.com