Ryne Roper homered for the third time in the last four games and tossed five scoreless innings, helping Harrisburg cruise to an 11-0 win in six innings at Murphysboro Friday afternoon.
Roper struck out six and didn’t allow a walk as he picked up his sixth win on the hill and the second against Murphysboro.
Harrisburg led 3-0 against Murphysboro starter Blake Bachmann thanks to three unearned runs over the first three innings.
But the Bulldogs really blew it wide open in the top of the fifth. Twelve hitters came to the plate and half of those scored.
In the inning, Harrisburg got a two-run homer from Roper, a RBI from Matthew Phipps, as well as a two-run double from freshman Noah Vallette. Roper picked up another RBI in the inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Catcher Brady Mayer reached base four times for HHS, and the Bulldogs also got hits from Cody Hall, Cooper Thompson, Justin Younger, Nick Davis and Sykes Thompson.
The Friday victory also capped off an impressive week away from home for Jay Thompson’s team. Harrisburg (14-2, 5-1 SIRR Ohio) had road conference wins at West Frankfort and Benton earlier in the week.
Next up for Harrisburg is a busy week starting at Dorris Heights on Monday when it hosts Massac County. The Patriots upset Harrisburg in baseball for the first time since 2000 back on April 2 on a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh for Harrisburg’s lone conference loss.
On Tuesday, Harrisburg will head to Herrin. The Bulldogs and Tigers are both 5-1 in conference action. HHS travels to Carmi on Wednesday before hosting Frankfort Friday afternoon and playing a home doubleheader with Du Quoin on Saturday.
Vienna 8, Eldorado 6
VIENNA - Jordan Pilkington, who recently signed with Shawnee College on a baseball scholarship, pitched Eldorado to a two-run loss on the road at Vienna.
Pilkington went the distance, giving up six earned runs on six hits, while striking out nine and walking just two.
Adam Collier paced the Eagles' offense at the plate going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, while Devin Aldridge went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and RBIs.
Garriston Hathaway, Dakota Prather and Braydon VanZant all had two hits. Hathaway and VanZant each had an RBI, while Tyler Deaton, who went 1-for-5 in the lead off spot, scored two runs.
Vienna 12, Carrier Mills 2
The Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School baseball team took a hit, losing to Vienna late last week as the Wildcats had to start three freshmen and five sophomores due to a senior trip.
The result were six errors committed in the field and Carrier Mills-Stonefort falling 12-2.
Page 2 of 2 - Loren Whiting took the loss, giving up nine runs on seven hits and walking four.
Dalton Summers came in for relief and allowed three runs on two hits, while striking out three and walking one.
The Wildcats picked up a run in the fifth inning when Batson singled and later scored on a ground out by Crowder.
In the sixth inning, Cantrell walked, followed by a Trent Collins single and Anthony Kalodner came through with an RBI single.
Carrier Mills is scheduled to host Cobden on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Goreville 4, Gallatin County 3
Gallatin County traveled to Goreville (last) Monday and fell short to a Goreville rally in the bottom of the seventh, losing 4-3.
Wes McGuire pitched well for the Hawks (9-3) but ended up taking the loss.
At the plate, McGuire and Tyler Crayne paced the Hawk attack with three hits a piece.
"Wes pitched really well today, and in no way did he deserve to lose that game, the breaks just didn't go our way, maybe the next time they will," head coach Dave Cruson said. "We played well as a team too, just seemed like everything was out of our control there for a little bit."