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GOSHEN – North Oldham broke a losing streak by pouring it on DuPont Manual Monday.
The Mustangs took a 6-0 lead, then scored nine runs in the fifth inning to beat the Crimsons 15-0 on North’s senior night.
North’s 15 runs marked its highest run output of the season. The double-digit explosion came on the heels of a four-game stretch in which the Mustangs had scored five runs total, losing all four games.
“It rained last week and we spent a lot of time indoors trying to work on our swings,” junior catcher Peter Sohn said. “It really showed this game.”
The Mustangs took control with a four-run first inning. Sohn was hit by a pitch with runners on first and second, loading the bases with one out.
Designated hitter Seth Hagan then sliced a double into right field, scoring Ethan Cleary and Cameron Masterman to give North a 2-0 lead.
“I had two strikes on me so I was looking for something maybe outside,” Hagan said. “It could’ve been a changeup or something like that, but I took it the other way and it dropped.”
Sohn scored on a wild pitch during Flynn Crawford’s at-bat to make the lead 3-0. Hagan scored the fourth run scored on a sacrifice fly from Tanner Risinger.
North added a run in the third on a Sohn two-out double and one in the third on an Evan Cripe two-out single, making the score 6-0.
“Today we had some two-out RBIs and kind of made our own breaks,” coach Erik Phelps said.
Sohn recorded two more RBIs with a double in the fourth, making the score 8-0. He finished 2-2 with two doubles and three RBIs.
The Mustangs scored seven more runs in the frame on four Manual wild pitches, a Cripe single, an Andrew Pennybaker sac fly and a Crimson error.
Manual had to use four different pitchers in an inning that saw 14 batters come to the plate.
“This is probably the best day we’ve swung the bat, offensively,” Phelps said. “They did a great job.”
Meanwhile Logan Morsman pitched a five-inning complete game for North, giving up just two hits along the way.
–North shortstop Roman Millem is out for the year with a herniated disc in his back, Phelps said.
Freshman Max Sander started at shortstop Monday against Manual, going 0-2 with a walk and advancing on an error.
“He just makes the routine play and he has fun out here,” Phelps said of Sander. “…We wanted to see how he’d do today and he handled it.”
DuPont Manual (14-12) – 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 2
North Oldham (12-11) — 4 1 1 9 x — 15 10 1