By Jeffery Armstrong
The Morrow Mustangs baseball team couldn't capitalize on early mistakes by the Luella Lions and fell to the visitors from Henry County 14-4 Tuesday evening at Morrow High in a game that was called after six innings.
Morrow (0-4) only managed one hit in the game but thanks to five Luella errors, the Mustangs were able to plate three of their four runs. The game wasn't the most brilliant defensive contest, as both teams committed six errors apiece.
Morrow starting pitcher Bryan Petree got the Mustangs' only hit, a first-inning single that scored starting catcher Ken McCain, who coincidentally reached base on a throwing error by Lions starting pitcher Corey Wallace. Petree's hit tied the score at two after one inning.
Petree, a freshman, didn't fare too well on the mound Tuesday. He had problems with control, walking eight batters and three of those Lions who walked eventually scored.
Petree lasted three innings, striking out two with those eight walks and he only gave up two hits before he stepped in to play at the catcher position.
When Petree was replaced on the mound at the top of the fourth inning, Luella led 5-3. Eleven batters later, the rout was on and Morrow found itself down 13-3.
Devin Scott, who started the game as the designated hitter, was the first to replace Petree and he didn't fare well, either.
Scott hit two batters, gave up two hits and his defense failed him as well, as the Mustangs committed three errors while Scott was on the mound. Josh Duke came in and gave up an RBI single and then Terrel Baker came in and gave up a two-run single before getting the last out when Luella catcher Matt Kralic was caught trying to score from third on a passed ball.
Morrow scored its last run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when T.J. Griggs hit a grounder to third and Luella first baseman Wade Lane came off the bag early, allowing Morrow center fielder Marlon Riddick to score from third and make the score 13-4. Griggs made the last out of the inning on the play, however, as he strayed off first and Lane tagged him out.
Luella scored the game-winning run when right-fielder Josh Heath doubled home Kralic to push the score to 14-4. Lions reliever Ted Hudges allowed to Mustang runners on base before striking out the final two batters for the victory. Luella starts its season at 4-0.