Mustangs use four run fifth to race past Rebels, 6-1

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Town Crier Sports Staff

Jordan Phillips' RBI single ignited a four run fifth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie to help propel Buffalo Island Central to a 6-1 victory over Riverside Tuesday afternoon at Lake City.

Brandon Atkeison got the winning rally underway when Riverside hurler Blake Hogan plucked the freshman to lead off the inning. Hogan struck out Cody Smith, but issued a walk to Trevor Matheny, putting runners on the corners and bringing Phillips to the plate. The senior catcher laced a clean single to left field to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead.

BIC pitcher Chad Williams helped his own cause with an RBI single to center, scoring Matheny, and advanced to second on the throw to the plate, leaving two runners in scoring position. Garrett Qualls hit a bloop single to left field, bringing home another run and pushing the BIC lead to 4-1. A wild pitch by Hogan brought home the fourth Mustang run of the inning and gave BIC a 5-1 lead.

Williams picked up the win, working six innings while allowing just three hits and striking out six. The junior righthander gave up just one run, a solo home run to Garrett Weaver in the first inning. Nick Bagley and Blake Hogan produced Riverside's other two hits. Phillips came on in the seventh inning and closed the door on the Rebels to pick up the save.

BIC got the scoring started in the top of the first when Williams drilled an RBI single to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead before Weaver's solo shot over the left field fence tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the first.

The Mustangs tacked on an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Phillips blasted a triple over center fielder Cody Richardson's head and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Williams.

Hogan went the distance for the Rebels and allowed six runs, five earned. The freshman righthander gave up seven hits while striking out four. Hogan struggled with his control, walking seven while hitting two batters and throwing a pair of wild pitches.

Phillips finished a perfect 3-3 from the plate while scoring three times. Williams tallied a pair of hits and scored a run. Josh Freeman also added a single for the Mustangs.

BIC began the week with a 9-2 victory at Rector as Garrett Qualls picked up the win, fanning eight Cougars while giving up just four hits.

The Mustangs picked up a pair of runs in the first and two more in the sixth before blowing the game open with a five run seventh inning. Rector got their only two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Trevor Matheny led the Mustangs offensively with three base hits and a pair of runs scored while swiping two bases. Jordan Phillips went 2-4, drove in a run, scored once and stole three bases. Freshman Heath Hawkins went 1-3 with a pair of RBI's, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Brandon Atkeison had a two run single and stole a base. Cody Smith had a single and a run scored while Josh Freeman drove in a run, scored once and stole a base.

The Mustangs closed out their regular season Thursday afternoon at Monette against Marked Tree. The Indians exploded for eight runs in the first inning en rout to a 14-1 win.

BIC managed just three hits, all singles by Trevor Matheny, Dalton Womack and Heath Hawkins. Jordan Phillips took the loss.

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