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Highland Baseball Drops Three at Neosho County

Highland Baseball Drops Three at Neosho County

The Highland Community College baseball team took a step backwards over the week-end, losing the first three games against Neosho County before winning game four.

In game one, Highland jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Tyler Goldsberry (Omaha, NE) led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Lane (Papillion, NE).  The lead did not last long as Neosho County took advantage of a hit batter and a walk to score two runs in the bottom of the inning, taking a 2-1 lead.  The Panthers extended their lead to 4-1 in the second inning on a two run double.  The lead would hold up as the Scotties were unable to come up with big hits while hitting into two inning-ending double plays and falling to Neosho County by 6-2.  Andrew Standish (Millard, NE) and Alex Head (Topeka) had two hits each for Highland.  Justin Paul (Papillion, NE) plated the Scotties’ other run with an RBI double in the sixth inning.

In game two, Neosho County took advantage of walks and Highland errors to rally for a 9-5 win over the Scotties.  Highland scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit, as Goldsberry, Standish, and Paul each had run-scoring hits, giving the Scotties a 5-3 lead.  But, in the bottom of the inning, Neosho County used an error, a two-run home run,  two singles, and two walks to regain the lead 6-5, and then put the game away, scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, using a walk and two Scottie errors.  Highland had twelve hits in the game, but left ten runners stranded.  Goldsberry, Craig Hill (Morris, OK), Joe Mancuso ((Papillion, NE), and Jesse Richel (Morris, OK) each had two hits for the Scotties.  Standish hit his seventh home run of the season leading off the third inning.

In game three, Neosho County took advantage of two Scottie errors to score three two-out runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-0 lead, and then went on to defeat Highland 7-0, as the Scotties were limited to just three hits in the game.

In game four, Nick Sarmiento (Saginaw, MI) pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight Panther hitters in leading HCC to a 5-2 win in the final game of the series.  The Scotties held a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning where they got run scoring hits from Jordon Oddo (Grain Valley, MO), Brandyn Wahnee (Morris, OK), and Craig Hill, giving Highland a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.  Neosho County tried to rally, using a walk and a one-out double to make the score 5-2, then got two walks around a ground out to load the bases before reliever Tyler Goldsberry got a pop out to shortstop to end the game and pick-up a save.  Justin Paul, Alex Head, and Jesse Richel each had two hits to lead HCC hitters.

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