Trent Hovis, seen here round third, was 4-for-4 at the plate for East Lincoln and scored three runs in the Mustangsâ€™ dominating 13-3 win on Friday versus Hunter Huss. Eastâ€™s bats came alive recording 14 hits in the ballgame. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
The East Lincoln Mustangs put it all together Friday versus the Hunter Huss Huskies.
Using solid pitching and efficiency at the plate, the Mustangs beat the Huskies 13-3 in five innings.
In the first two innings East surged out to a 5-2 lead which is all they would need.
Trent Hovis, who hit safely four times, jumpstarted things for the Mustangs singling in the first. The big hits in the inning were Jake Blackâ€™s two-RBI double and a Mitchell Lynch RBI.
Jake Black was a force at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in Fridayâ€™s win over the Huskies. Grayson Schram also went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the victory. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
The Huskies answered back with two runs in the top of the second, but the Mustangs were up the task.
After another Hovis single and Cody Finger reaching via an error, Grayson Schram knocked them both in extending their lead to 5-2.
Hunter Huss managed another run in the top of the third, but again East Lincoln answered.
A Jessie Caddenhead sacrifice scored Finger who had reached on an error. Then Schram, Shane Brackett and Lynch all stroked RBI doubles to push their lead to 9-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, after a Seth Alexander single, Finger single and Hovis single, Caddenhead recorded his second RBI of the game.
Schram, who had four RBIs in the game, was hit by a pitch and Brackett sacrificed another run in to make the lead 13-3.
East Lincolnâ€™s head coach Matt Neville was thrilled with the victory.
â€œGreat win for the Mustangs. We played good defense, pitched well and the hitting was exceptional,â€ he said.
Nick Harmon earned the victory pitching 3 2/3 innings, striking out three, while giving up two hits. Schram finished up the game for Mustangs pitching 1 1/3, allowing only two hits.
â€œNick threw well. He kept them off-balance and made them hit his pitch. Grayson did a good job in relief,â€ Neville said.
Top hitters were: Hovis who went 4-for-4, Caddenhead who went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Schram who went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Brackett who was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Black who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Lynch who went 1-for-1 with two RBIs.
Neville was pleased with Hovisâ€™ effort at the plate.
â€œHeâ€™s been a team leader offensively all year long and he finally got some support all the way through the lineup,â€ he said.
Another standout for the Mustangs was Schram.
â€œGraysonâ€™s stick is pretty hot right now. He hit a homerun and has been hitting the ball very solid, driving the baseball and knocking in runsâ€”had a lot of production over the last few games,â€ Neville said.
The win raises the Mustangsâ€™ record to 5-17 overall and 3-9 in the Big South 3A Conference.
by John Mark Brooks