By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON ? Shae Summerfield hit a walk-off single to lead the New London baseball team past West Burlington 6-5 on Thursday night, and the Tigers made it two in a row with a dominating 11-1 win over Iowa Mennonite on Friday.
Summerfield?s walk-off came after Darius Whaley got on base with a single and went first-to-third on a wild throw. Summerfield finished 1-4 with an RBI and Whaley went 0-3 with a run scored.
The Tigers were menaces on the base paths throughout the night. Isaac McSorley went 3-3 with six stolen bases, three runs scored and an RBI. Keontae Luckett was 1-2 with four stolen bases and a run scored. Britt Noel went 1-4 with two stolen bases and Sam Loyd went 1-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
?Fortunately, their best catcher was on the mound,? Head coach Brad Helmerson said about the slew of stolen bags. ?That gave us an opportunity to get on the bases and make some things happen.?
Loyd threw all eight innings in the win, giving up five runs (one earned) on eight hits and one walk, while striking out six batters.
The IMS game on Friday night was a pitcher?s dual until the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers went into the fourth inning tied 1-1 but scored eight runs on the frame to bust the game open. After a scoreless top of the fifth for IMS, New London added two more runs to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Noel had a great game, going 3-3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. He also scored the win on the mound, throwing all five inings and giving up just one unearned run on five hits and one walk, while striking out three batters.
Mason Porter went 3-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in the win. Jaxon Allen was 3-3 with three RBIs. Loyd went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Summerfield went 1-2 with an RBI and two runs scored and Luckett was 2-2 with a run scored.
After the game, Coach Helmerson explained the offensive explosion.
?It?s one of those deals where he was throwing a good curve ball and one of the things we needed to do was just hit the fastball,? Helmerson said. ?Once they settle in, our one-through-nine is pretty good at hitting the ball. They?ve just got to swing at good pitches.?
The Tigers will host Pekin tonight (Monday) in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference cross-over, starting at 7 p.m. The softball teams will also meet at that time.