PLANO – On Monday afternoon, the Plano baseball team scored 19 runs against Ottawa, beating the Pirates by 14 runs. Seeing that Morris had both of those teams scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, the Redskins were on hand to scout.
Wasting little time to put the scouting report into place, the Redskins jumped all over Plano on Tuesday, in the process securing a 10-4 nonconference victory.
“We were certainly not taking them lightly,” Morris coach Todd Kein said of the Reapers. “We personally witnessed that game so we were ready for them.”
Indeed they were.
Morris got one run in the top of the first, when Thomas Cheshareck hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to score Trevor Lines who was hit by a pitch.
The Redskins then scored three times against Plano junior pitcher Shawn Cochran and added five more in the third to lead, 9-0.
In the second, Morris got three runs with the benefit of just one hit by Trevor Lines, but the team did get down a bunt and stole three bases in manufacturing the runs. In the third, Morris had four hits while taking advantage of three walks by Cochran in building the 9-0 lead.
“This is one of those games, where we were just about over the hump, and obviously we’d like to get that 10th run,” Kein said. “But we’re out here to play baseball, and anytime we can get some other guys some innings and experience we’re going to. [Tuesday] was one of those experiences.”
Cheshareck had thrown three scoreless innings for Morris, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out three, before being relieved by Ricky Pelnarsh. Pelnarsh went 2 2⁄3 innings allowing two hits, seven walks, including four in the sixth before being lifted.
“It’s probably been a while since Ricky has thrown that much,” Kein said. “But we want our pitchers to work through adversity out there. I was still happy with some of the things I saw from him out there.”
Brock Kukman came in and retired all four batters he faced in finishing the Reapers off.
“Especially with the amount of runs we saw them put up yesterday, you never know what could happen,” Kein said. “But Brock is experienced and he came in and got the job done for us.”
Morris added its final run in the sixth inning against pitcher Eloy Carrera and finished the afternoon with nine hits.
“I saw some good things out there today,” Kein said, “Offensively, we put together some innings nontraditionally. We’re not spraying the ball around too much, but we are producing some runs. That’s good to see. We’re going to try and build on that.”
Morris hosts Ottawa on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.