WILMINGTON — After four games this season, the Morris baseball team's pitching staff had yet to allow an earned run and the offense had outscored opponents 36-4.
The Redskins put their streaks to the test Tuesday afternoon at Wilmington and came away with a 7-2 win, improving to 5-0 on the year.
Morris was consistent throughout, scoring a run in five of the seven innings and senior Luke Olbrot needed just 88 pitches to go the distance in the win.
"I told the team after the game that the theme of this game was efficiency," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "That all starts with Luke on the mound. He is very good at keeping his pitch count low and get deep into the game. We don't expect a complete game every time out from our pitchers, but I trust them to tell me when they can keep going or if they have had enough. Luke said he was good to keep going, and he did a great job."
The Redskins gave Olbrot a 2-0 lead before he took the mound, as Cole Laurie led off with a single. An out later, Jacob Overbeck grounded to short, but an errant throw moved Laurie to second and allowed Overbeck to reach second. With Alex Cameron at the plate, Laurie scored on a passed ball, and Cameron grounded to short to plate Overbeck.
Wilmington countered with two runs in the bottom of the first, getting an RBI single from Keaton Hopwood and an RBI grounder by A.J. Meyer. Olbrot did not allow a run the rest of the way, backed by the solid Morris defense. He finished with four strikeouts and allowed four hits while walking no one.
Meanwhile, the Redskin offense continued to produce. In the second inning, Zach Reddinger reached on a fielder's choice, then stole second. He scored on an errant throw on a ball hit to short by Chatten Dryfhout, who reached second on the play. Laurie, who had three hits, followed with an infield single to second, and Dryfhout motored all the way around from second to score and give Morris a 4-2 lead.
The lead advanced to 5-2 in the third as Edwards slugged an RBI single up th emiddle, scoring Cameron, who had reached on a dripped third strike. Morris tacked on a run in the fourth on an error on a ball hit by Overbeck, scoring Laurie, who had walked. Laurie scored again in the sixth on an RBI single by Cameron.
"We did a lot of things right tonight," Kein said. "We were able to put certain guys in motion on the bases and a lot of guys got great reads on the bases and were able to move up. With the team speed we have this year, we hope to see a lot of that. We hit well over the weekend in Jacksonville and scored a lot of runs that way, but that isn't always going to happen. It was nice to see us be able to move runners along and score runs when we weren't hitting as well.
"If you can put up at least a run in almost every inning, you like your chances. We know we aren't going to score 13-14 runs a game, but if you can get six or seven, you still had a productive day. We had a lot of guys have good approaches with two strikes and put the ball in play hard and force the defense to make a play. We took advantage when they made mistakes and got a nice win."