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What a week for the Indians!!

May 5, 2014
Hallsville High School

4/28  HALLSVILLE OVER BLAIR OAKS, 2-1  (previously reported)
4/29  rainout at COLUMBIA BATTLE (not being rescheduled)
5/2   HALLSVILLE OVER WARSAW, 3-2 in 9 innings

from Coach Barry Koeneke

What a week indeed!  After downing the 5th ranked Blair Oaks Falcons on Monday, and enduring a last-minute rainout in Columbia Tuesday, Hallsville took the show on the road to face the class 4 Fulton Hornets.  Fulton had beaten the Indians in the last nine previous meetings dating back to a win over the Hornets in 2005, a Hallsville state champion season. 


Down 2-0 through five innings, the Indians swung mightily in the top of the 6th; CJ Ashburn led off with a double over the leftfielder.  Blake Stone followed with a laser single past the shortstop and Lucas Stewart got the Indians on the board with a sacrifice fly to score Ashburn.  Pinch-hitter, Tracy Fulton, drew a walk and Joe Forge tied the score at 2-all with a base hit up the middle that drove home Fulton.  With runners at 1st and 2nd, Ryan Long hammered a belt-high offering far over the left field barrier, a three-run blast that staked Hallsville to a 5-2 lead.

Derrek Trickel, the Indian starting pitcher, had been pitching some of his best baseball and continued to do so with a dose of poise.  The Hornets had touched Trickel for two runs in the 3rd on a walk and three straight hits for their only offense through the first five frames.  But a couple of one-out singles and two costly Hallsville errors allowed Fulton to score two unearned runs in the 6th to pull the Hornets back within one.  With their best hitter at the plate, Darren Horstmeier, and the tying and go-ahead runs on base, Trickel induced a pop up foul outside first base that Long snagged the third out.  Trickel proceeded to slam the door on the Hornets in the 7th retiring the opposition in order and securing the 5-4 non-conference victory.  Trickel had gone the distance of seven complete innings while allowing five hits, three base on balls, and two earned runs.  The win evened his record at 2 wins and 2 losses on the season. 

Hallsville's team record now stood at 7-6 while Fulton fell to 9-9.

The Hallsville JVs were blanked again, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Hornets, after being shutout by Blair Oaks on Monday.


Friday Hallsville welcomed Warsaw's Wildcats to town for their first ever visit to Indian country.  With a 15-5 record, Warsaw is the 7th ranked class 3 team in the state, and the Wildcats were tied atop the Tri-County Conference standings with Hallsville and Southern Boone, each with only one loss.

The pitching matchup was a classic pitting Hallsville's 5-game winner, CJ Ashburn, against the Wildcats' ace, Joey Cooner,  through eight, edge-of-your-seat-innings, each moundsman held the opposition to two earned runs.  Hallsville had scored in their first and third at-bats; each time Cole Burkett leading off with singles and later scoring after successful sac bunts by Collin Drummond.  In the first Burkett crossed the plate on Ashburn's single through the left side of the infield. In the 3rd, Burkett was driven home on a perfectly placed short fly that dropped into right center off Ryan Long's bat.

In the 4th, Warsaw scored one back on a well-executed squeeze play.  The Wildcats then knotted the board at 2-all when all-stater, Jeremy Eierman, unloaded on a hanging curve from Ashburn that flew down the left field line and well out of the park.  But Ashburn proceeded to retire 11 of the next 12 Wildcats he faced as the two teams went into extra innings.  Both hurlers pitched scoreless baseball in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings.  A slick double play was turned by the Indian defense in the 6th frame, but the double play to end the 9th was a possible game-saver.  After Ashburn fanned the lead off hitter in the inning, Burkett was summoned to the mound after Ashburn's 106th pitch.  But Burkett walked the first Wildcat he faced, and hit the next with a pitch.  With one out and runners on first and second, Wildcat pinch-hitter, Dalton Reiter, bunted to third baseman, Lucas Stewart who threw Reiter out at first for the successful sacrifice.  However, Warsaw coach, John Eierman, kept waving his runner, Cade Chiles, around third attempting to score the go-ahead run on the same play.  Hallsville's first baseman, Long, fired a perfect toss to catcher, Nathan Goett for the inning-ending 5-3-2 unusual double play.

After eight innings and 122 pitches, Wildcat pitcher, Cooner, was relieved by Jeremy Eierman, who had been catching all eight of the previous innings.  Eierman yielded a single through the right side by the Indians lead off hitter in the bottom of the 9th, Tracy Fulton.  Fulton advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then to third on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Sean Wooten.  But the Wildcat first baseman tried to throw out Fulton at third unsuccessfully and Wooten reached first safely.  Cole Burkett, entered the batter's box with a chance to add to his big night; three hits in four plate appearances and scoring the Indians only two runs.  But the Warsaw strategy was to not give Burkett a chance.  He was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out giving the game-winning RBI opportunity to sophomore, Drummond.  With the defense playing close in for the force at the plate, Drummond bounced Eierman's first pitch to the second baseman, but his throw to home was not in time and Fulton slid across the plate with the victory tally.

Ashburn pitched 8 and 1/3 innings but did not get the decision.  He allowed only five Wildcat hits and walked NONE while striking out nine.  Burkett picked up the mound win in a very atypical fashion with 2/3 of an inning pitched while the three batters he faced were a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and a sacrifice bunt.  That would be no official at-bats in three Wildcat plate appearances.

Eierman took the loss without recording an out for Warsaw.  The lefty, Cooner, worked eight full innings and struck out 16 hallsville batters but allowed 8I hits while walking three.

Warsaw falls to 15-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference.  Hallsville now faces the Southern Boone Eagles on Monday (TONIGHT) on the Hallsville field to determine the Tri-County Conference Championship.  Both teams will enter the contest with 5-1 league decisions.  Hallsville now has 8 wins and 6 losses overall. 


Oh, and the Hallsville JV team got off the schneid with 10-2 pounding of Warsaw Friday night.  Tom German earned the pitching victory in three innings of relief fanning eight of the 11 Wildcats' batters he faced.  Jabe McGee and Justin Hendren each had two hits for the Indians.


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