MORRIS — Through most of the regular season, the Morris baeball team has been able to manufacture runs by utilizing their team speed and solid situational hitting.
Tuesday, the Redskins added the home run to the offensive playbook and upended Plainfield Central, 10-7, in non-conference play.
"I had a pretty good feeling that we would come through with a big hit today," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "It was a good day to hit with the wind blowing out, and we were able to get a couple of them."
None was bigger than the one Alex Cameron hit in the bottom of the fifth.
After Morris rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, Plainfield Central answered with three runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 5-2 lead. With one out in the bottom half, Patrick McCabe walked, and Jacob Overbeck followed suit, chasing Plainfield Central starter Alex Schoenly. Reliever Bobby Bokeloo then walked winning pitcher Luke Olbrot to load the bases and went 2-0 on Cameron.
The Morris senior got a strike that he liked, and proceeded to deposit it over the left-field fence for a grand slam and a 6-5 Morris lead.
"I just stayed patient, got into a good count and got a pitch I liked," Cameron said. "I put a good swing on it and it went out. It was a great feeling."
The good vibes continued for Morris (7-1) in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, a Plainfield Central throwing error allowed McCabe to score on a ball hit by Jacob Overbeck, and Overbeck scored when a throw to third on a comebacker hit by Olbrot went into left field. With Olbrot at second, Logan Edwards slugged a two-run homer to left-center for a 10-5 Morris lead.
"Both Logan and Alex hit their balls well," Kein said. "Both of them would have been out even without the wind.
"But today started for us with Luke Olbrot. Luke really battled out there today. It was a tight strike zone and he was behind more hitters than he usually is. He kept battling and got out of some jams, and his teammates picked him up late."
Things got interesting in the top of the seventh. Plainfield Central touched Morris reliever Cody Bledsoe for a pair of runs and had the tying run at the plate before Kein summoned senior Overbeck to the mound with runners on first and second. On the first pitch, Overbeck induced a 6-4-3 double play, with Olbrot making the turn at seccond. Overbeck fanned the final hitter to preserve the win.
"It was fitting that Luke was right there in the middle of the double play," Kein said. "He's the kind of kid we can put anywhere and he will get the job done. He's just a ballplayer.
"This was a good win for us against a quality team. Plainfield Central is well-coached and they are always tough to beat,"
Olbrot went six innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, three of which were earned, and struck out four. Cameron had two hits and four RBIs, Zach Reddinger had a hit, two stolen bases and scored twice, while Bledsoe added an RBI double.