The Hallsville Indians baseball team has beaten both its neighborhood rivals the Centralia Panthers and the Sturgeon Bulldogs.
May 5, in Centralia they beat the Panthers, 10-1.
May 7 in Hallsville, they beat the Bulldogs, 6-2.
Hallsville Head Coach Barry Koeneke submitted the following write-ups.
Scoreless through the first three innings, Hallsville broke open the road contest against Centralia in a big way in the 4th. Emmitt Carlos drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second on a bunt from Jake Ashburn, After a line drive caught by Centralia’s third baseman, and now with two outs, the Indians proceeded to rattle off six straight hits capped by a 2-RBI double from sophomore, Cameron Loyd. Hallsville added to that six run lead with a single tally in the 5th and three more runs in the 6th for a 10-1 victory over the Centralia Panthers. The loss for the Panthers was only their fifth against nine wins. The Indians’ win was their 10th of the season and a record of 10-7.
Ashburn captured the mound win, now 5-3 on the season, firing 5-2/3 innings before giving way to Christian McPeak for the final four outs. Ashburn struck out 12 Panthers and walked three while surrendering five hits. Two of those hits came in the bottom of the 5th when Centralia’s Brett Jones reached on a one-out single, stole 2nd, and scored on Caden Vanskike’s hit in the hole on the left side of the infield. The lone run was earned…
In the final regularly scheduled game of the season, the Sturgeon Bulldogs came in to compete with all they could. The youthful Bulldogs scored first with two runs on a two-out walk followed by three consecutive singles by sophomores, Corbin Gehrig, Jacob Brooks, and Blake Bailey. Bailey’s knock drove in the two scores. But that was all the Sturgeon offense could muster against the complete-game pitching of Hallsville’s Brayden Stenger. Over his seven innings of work, Stenger (2-1) allowed only two other Bulldog hits while fanning 10 and walking two.
The Indian offense had hits in every inning, but not until the 4th could they cross the plate for a score. Cooper Crane led off that frame with a single and then stole second. Crane later scored on a two-out safety from Cameron Loyd. But Hallsville really broke the game open in the 5th when pinch hitter, Mason Huskey, led off with a triple to right-center. Zane Burkett, who had a 4 for 4 hitting night, drove in Huskey with the tying run on a bullet up the middle. Then things got really electrified when the next batter, Zane Parnell, crushed a line drive homer over the left-centerfield barrier. The roundtripper was Parnell’s first of his career and put the Indians on top 4-2. Crane scored again after being issued a base on balls, then chased home on an RBI double by Dalton Whipple. The “Zane and Zane Show” lit it up again in the 6th. Burkett rifled his 4th single of the game and, while running on the pitch, scored all the way from 1st base on a gap shot from Parnell. It was Parnell’s third RBI.
The win for Hallsville upped the team record to 11-7 entering post-season play. The district tournament for Class 3, District 8 begins Friday, however, as the #2 seed, the Indians draw a first round bye and will play Monday, May 13 at 6:30. South Callaway is the #1 seed and is hosting the event.