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Mohawks fall to Coal City in title game of Pleasant Plains tournament

SPRINGFIELD After defeating Pleasant Plains 3-2 in the morning, Morrisonville found themselves up against Coal City in the title game of the Pleasant Plains Tournament Saturday at Lincolnland College.

The Mohawks didn't fare as well against the Coalers.

Coal City scored 14 runs over two innings as they defeated Morrisonville 15-3 winning the championship.

The Mohawks scored three runs in the last of the first against Pleasant Plains taking a 3-1 edge.

In the top of the inning, Dusty Bensko singled and stole second. He scored on Jordan Roth's RBI single.

MHS answered with three. Travis Christian reached second on an error. Brett Fleigle beat out a bunt single. He stole second. Gary King walked loading the bases. Tyler Kastner uncorked a wild pitch as Christian scampered home. Shawn Christian bounced out scoring Fleigle. King eventually stole home.

The Cardinals pulled two within a run in the seventh. Ryan Sunley doubled home Gibbs Glisson, who had reached on a fielders choice.

in his first varsity pitching stint, Shawn Christian (1-0) spun a 4-hitter over six innings allowing a run while striking out one and walking three.

"Shawn did a nice job of throwing," Morrisonville coach Bob Montgomery said. "Our defense didn't make an error behind him. That's only the second time all season we've done that. Playing error free ball was one key. The other was that we didn't strike out at all. I can't remember a game where we didn't have a strike out. We put the ball into play. We didn't get many hits against good pitching, but we made the most of our opportunities when we did get somebody on base."

Jarrod Millburg picked up the save. He surrendered a run on a hit in one inning of work. Christian pitched to just one hitter in the seventh.

Fleigle and Clark each had hits for the Mohawks (12-16).

Roth had two hits for Pleasant Plains, who dropped to 18-4. Kastner surrendered two his and three walks over five innings.

The victory however put the Mohawks in a predicament. They would face Coal City without several of their key players due to prom.

Montgomery summoned a number of Mohawk jayvee players to fill in for the championship tilt with the Coalers.

Ben Wills (7-0) entered the contest with a 32 inning scoreless streak.

The Mohawks posted a quick run in the top of the first ending the string. Jeremy Peat walked and went to second on Ryan King's sacrifice. Peat stole third and waltzed home as the catcher's throw sailed into left field.

The Coalers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. The Mohawks broke the tie with a pair of third inning tallies. William McWard reached on an error. Peat singled. The pair pulled off a double steal.

Ryan King grounded out scoring McWard. Chris Boston followed with an RBI double and 3-1 edge.

Coal City scored three in the third taking a 4-3 edge. They added 11 runs in the fourth on six hits and two Mohawk errors to break the game open.

Ryan King (2-1) suffered the loss.

"We were in a tough situation," Montgomery said. "Our frosh-soph kids had played a game early in the morning at the Edinburg Tournament. Some of them then came an played in the championship game, which began at 9 p.m. I was excited about the response from our kids. It made the evening a lot more fun."

Coal City improved to 24-1 on the campaign.

The Mohawks will be in action this afternoon entertaining Buffalo Tri-City. Tuesday, Morrisonville hosts Auburn.

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