Senior Ryne Roper struck out nine and didn’t allow a Murphysboro runner to reach second base in Harrisburg’s 5-0 conference opening win over the Red Devils Monday afternoon.
It was the second complete game of the season for the Bulldog right hander. His fourth win on the mound got Harrisburg back in the win column after suffering its first loss of the year last Saturday against Pleasant Plains.
Roper led off the bottom of the first with a triple and then scored three batters later on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs (8-1, 1-0 SIRR Ohio) then tacked on an unearned run off Murphysboro starter Cody Wills in the home half of the fourth.
Following a bloop hit from sophomore third baseman Matthew Phipps, Sykes Thompson reached on an error that allowed pinch runner Braxton Keasler to score.
Phipps got his first start in the Harrisburg order while freshman Noah Vallette got the nod in right field.
“There are some guys that I want to see,” Harrisburg coach Jay Thompson said. “We’re still not settled in as to who is going to play where, and I thought (Matthew) Phipps played really well today.”
The Bulldogs added another run in the fifth when senior Cody Hall scored on a wild pitch. Hall and Roper each finished with two hits for HHS.
Harrisburg then got a couple of more insurance runs in the sixth thanks to a pair of Murphysboro (5-7, 0-1) errors.
Harrisburg designated hitter Brennan Street reached base three times, as did center fielder Justin Younger.
The Bulldogs travel to Massac County for another conference test on Tuesday before returning home to meet Herrin Thursday.
HHS is set to play one game Friday and another Saturday at Pleasant Plains. The team will play Urbana and Chillicothe IVC in the Springfield area this weekend.
Eldorado 4, Carrier Mills 0
Devin Aldridge helped out his own cause on the mound Monday as he came through with a two-run single in the fifth inning as Eldorado shut out Carrier Mills-Stonefort 4-0.
Aldridge picked up the win on the mound, going four innings and allowing just two hits, while striking out two and walking three.
Brennan Unthank replaced Aldridge and went two innings, striking out two and allowing just a hit.
Jordan Pilkington finished off the seventh, striking out two and walking one.
Josh Bailey took the tough luck loss for the Wildcats, as he picked up his first loss of the season. Bailey went the distance and allowed four runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking three.
Eldorado's rally started when Pilkington drew a walk and was followed by Unthank reaching base via error. Aldridge then came through with his two-run single and it followed an RBI single by Dakota Prather. Adam Collier tacked on the fourth run when he scored off an error.
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