Fresh off Ryne Roper’s weekend no-hitter over Urbana, Harrisburg senior Justin Younger kept West Frankfort’s hitters off balance in an 8-1 Harrisburg win Monday afternoon.
The SIC signee allowed just one hit, earning the first road win on the year for the baseball Bulldogs.
The victory pushed the HHS winning streak to four games and kept the team tied atop the SIRR Ohio Division standings.
“With the exception of about a two minute blowup, Justin (Younger) was awesome,” said Harrisburg head coach Jay Thompson. “We’ve given up one hit the last 14 innings and he was pretty brilliant.”
Younger’s only blemish was a two-out single to West Frankfort’s Chase McLaren in the bottom of the fifth. By that time, Harrisburg had built a 5-0 cushion.
Harrisburg and the Redbirds (1-6-1, 0-4) traded scoreless innings over the first three frames before the Bulldogs plated three runs, all with two outs, in the top of the fourth.
“We just kept battling and kept banging, and we’re usually pretty good the second or third time through the order,” said Thompson. “Our kids have shown some discipline and patience at the plate.”
The Bulldogs (12-2, 3-1) chased West Frankfort starter Ethan Sisk with two outs in the fourth inning and had their way with sophomore reliever Jacob Bartoni.
Cooper Thompson finished with three hits for Harrisburg. His single in the fifth inning and a run-scoring groundout from Matthew Phipps gave the Bulldogs two more runs.
Phipps drove in three runs, including one in the top of the sixth when HHS scored three more times after batting around.
Younger did walk five and struck out a batter but picked up his second win on the mound.
Roper finished with two hits for Harrisburg. Ryan Luce, Cody Hall, Younger and Chris Willsey also had base knocks for the Bulldogs.
Weather permitting, Harrisburg travels to Benton Tuesday afternoon. Both the Rangers and Bulldogs, along with Herrin, have one conference loss.
Eldorado 10, Hardin County 8
ELIZABETHTOWN - Adam Collier finished 4-for-5, driving in three runs as Eldorado knocked off Hardin County 10-8 in non-conference action Monday.
Tyler Deaton continued to shine in the leadoff spot as he went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Devin Aldridge and Jordan Pilkington both went 2-for-5. Aldridge drove in two and scored and Pilkington scored two.
Brennan Unthank, Dakota Prather, Stanton Hathaway and Chance Gilbert all had a hit for the Eagles.
Stanton Hathaway, Drew Woolcott and Pilkington all pitched for Eldorado.
Eldorado is scheduled to play host to Vienna today, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the EHS Sports Complex.
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