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Baseball defeats Simpson 9-5, 14-6

March 23, 2018

For Coach Alan Betourne’s birthday, the baseball team got him a whole lot of hits, plenty of runs, and two wins in their home opener at Glasgow Field against Simpson College. The 9-5 and 14-6 wins were spearheaded by sophomore Campbell Quirk’s grand slam and a cycle from junior Harry Sanchez.

Junior Tyler McDonald got his first win of the season in the first game of the day, with a seven-inning, five-strikeout performance. After falling behind 2-0, the Scots scored three unearned in the fourth, capped by junior Jake Starkey’s two-run one-bagger up the middle.

The Strom tagged on two more, but the Scots had another three-run inning in the bottom half of the sixth. Sophomore Christian Lett got things going with a one-out single and Starkey followed with his second hit of the game. Lett scored on a passed ball, and senior Bryson Sheppard and sophomore Mike Dato both had RBI hits. The Scot’s scored another three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth inning and senior Ridge Greenman closed out the game in relief.

Sanchez had a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, but by the fifth, the Scots found themselves down 4-3. However, in their half inning at the dish, they sent 13 batters to the plate, including Quirk who went Yabo with the grand slam.

Sophomore Connor Sharp earned the win, which is his second one of the season with a seven-inning and seven-strikeout start. Sanchez’s cycle is the first since Hall of Famer Casey Boydstun in 1999 and Quirk’s grand slam is the first since March 2015, when Ryan Sparks brought them all home with one swing of the bat.

Monmouth returns to Glasgow Field Saturday for a 1 P.M. doubleheader with MacMurray College before opening Midwest Conference play next Thursday at Knox College.

Lucas Sondgeroth
Contributing Writer

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