Morgan County’s offense was like a vintage Oprah Winfrey Show versus the Academy of Richmond County on March 23.
Brendan Conway gets on base. Jack Harper gets on base. Everyone gets on base.
During the Bulldogs’ 16-1 region win, it seemed like every player on the roster reached base in some way. In fact, all but three players were baserunners.
All the offensive fireworks started in Morgan County’s half of the first inning. And the Bulldogs played small ball to score runs, too.
Conway started the show with a one-out double and proceeded to steal third base. After Sam Schofield walked and stole second, Will Harper came up to bat. Harper hit an RBI single, followed by an RBI double from Ben Coody.
Morgan County picked up two more runs in that inning on an RBI double from Harper and Coody reaching home off an error by ARC.
Coody and Harper were the leaders on offense with an identical stat line. They each had two RBIs, two hits and a stolen base.
And just like they scored in the first inning, they followed up with more runs scored in the second.
With Morgan County now leading 5-0, Harper walked up to the plate with two outs and Luke Knight on first.
On the third pitch of the at-bat, Harper nailed the ball to right field and for what was nearly a home run. Instead, it hit the top of the fence and bounced back in play for a double. Knight scored all the way from first base to extend the lead to 6-0.
The seventh run was scored when Coody scooted the ball down the middle of the field for a single, scoring Harper.
It was more of the same from then on.
The Bulldogs ended up scoring four more runs to close the bottom of the second with an 11-0 lead. After the third inning concluded, Morgan County held a 13-1 lead. Then, in the fourth inning, the Bulldogs obtained the decisive 15-run lead needed to end the game when Noah Young hit an RBI double. Contributions were made by various players, too.
For instance, Zach Moore led the team with three stolen bases. Harper had an RBI double, single, walked and stole a base.
Though the offense was the main focal point of this victory, the stellar pitching job by Maddox Smith could not be overlooked.
Smith finished the game with five strikeouts while only surrendering one run, two hits and a walk.
The entire ARC batting lineup was on lock and couldn’t get any offensive momentum because of Smith’s performance on the mound.
On Saturday, Morgan County faced off in a doubleheader against ARC in Augusta. Morgan County won 16-0 in game one and 13-12 in game two.
Those three wins improve the Bulldogs to 14-3 overall and they maintained their undefeated region record at 9-0.