Hornets take two from Rosco
By Ben Murphy
Harrison swept away visiting Roscommon Tuesday night, sweeping the visiting Bucks 9-8 and 9-3 in Jack Pine Conference baseball action.
Cody Cooper, a fourth year senior for the Hornets, earned his first win as a pitcher in game one, pitching seven innings, giving up eight runs, zero earned on seven hits, four strikeouts, three walks and one hit batter.
The Hornets trailed 8-6 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Harrison rallied to pull of the win on a walk-off single by Tom Nunnally that scored Allen Poole.
“We did not play well defensively, but managed to win ugly,” Harrison head coach Tom Whitfield said. “I was real happy for Cody. It was his last home game. It was nice to see him finish in this way. I was proud of the kids because we got behind in the game but never gave up.”
Nunnally finished with four hits and one RBI, Jacob Patterson had one double and a single, Dylan LaPorte, Poole and Justin Yager all had two hits, with Yager also hitting a double and getting two RBI. Matt Haskell had one hit and one RBI and Zach Anderson had a single.
Haskell earned the win in game two, pitching six innings, giving up three runs, two earned on four hits, five strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
The Hornets scored three runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, turning what had been a 1-1 tie into a 7-2 lead.
“Game two was a mirror opposite of game one,” Whitfield said. “We only misplayed one ball, our defense was stellar. Offensively we hit the ball well today and we managed to find the holes. Haskell didn’t have his best stuff, but pitched well and continues to challenge the hitters.”
Anderson had one double, two singles and two RBI, Logan Tenwalde had two hits and three RBI, Nunnally, Patterson and Poole all had two hits and one RBI, with Cooper and Yager both adding one hit apiece.
Whitfield also noted the defensive play of Nunnally, Tenwalde and Gage Agin.
On Saturday, Harrison competed in the Grayling tournament, and despite playing one game was named tournament champions.
Farwell opened the day with a 7-3 win over host Grayling, with Harrison following that up with a 6-1 win over Farwell. The Harrison-Grayling game was rained out, giving the Hornets the championship as the only unbeaten team.
Haskell was the winning pitcher in Harrison’s victory, pitching six innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and five strikeouts.
Anderson had one double, one single and two RBI, LaPorte had a double, single and an RBI, Poole had a double, Yager had a single and an RBI and Haskell had one RBI.
“Haskell has pitched well all year and a couple of defensive miscues didn’t seem to rattle him,” Whitfield said. “It was a great team effort… We overcame three base running mistakes and two defensive errors by players picking each other up and staying positive.”
On Thursday, May 9 Harrison dropped two JPC games at Meridian, 15-0 and 14-0.
Anderson suffered the loss in game one, with Cooper getting handed the setback in game two.
Cooper had two hits, Yager, Agin, Haskell, Tenwalde and Haskell all added one hit apiece.
Harrison played at Farwell on Thursday and wraps up its regular season May 20 at St. Louis.