MURPHYSBORO — Nashville scored all eight of its runs in the fourth inning to hand Murphysboro an 8-2 defeat Wednesday in a prep baseball game.
“Murphy is a good team and to get a win at their place is a nice win for the Hornets,” said Nashville coach Chad Malawy. “We had a meeting before the fourth inning and I said, ‘Gosh, you are this close to breaking this open, so this is our inning to break out.’ We finally got the big hit and hit a few where they weren’t.”
John Goodrich (7-2) held the Red Devils scoreless over the first four innings and had three hits, including two during the fourth inning when he scored the second run and drove in the eighth.
“My arm wasn’t feeling so fresh today, so I was just trying to keep the ball down to keep them from hitting it,” Goodrich said. “At the plate, I saw the ball really well today and they threw some pitches right down the middle and I connected.”
Nashville (24-6) banged out 17 hits against two Murphysboro pitchers, with every batter having at least one hit. Hunter Beetley and Brock Wuebbles also had three hits, while Brett Warchol and Daniel Thorson finished with two apiece.
“This a pretty good hitting ballclub,” said Murphysboro coach Butch Brasel. “Kyle Miller got out of trouble the first time through the lineup, but when they came up the second time, they had a different approach. They really didn’t crush the ball, but placed it in front of our outfielders and over our infielders.”
The Hornets failed to take advantage of loading the bases in the second and third innings against Miller, but when the right-hander loaded the bases for the third time, Warchol made him pay with single to score the first two runs.
“I was waiting for a good pitch to hit hard somewhere,” Warchol said. “It usually takes just one big hit to get our bats going.”
Kyle Mueller followed with a double to score two more and when the dust settled, Nashville batted around, sending 13 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on six hits and two wild pitches.