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Morrow stays unbeaten in region

By Phil Albert

Special to The Daily

Jarius Whitworth scored three runs and pitcher Travis Ledbetter struck out 10 Mundy's Mill batters as Morrow stays unbeaten in Region 4-AAAAA baseball action with an 11-5 victory Thursday afternoon at Mundy's Mill.

Morrow (3-2, 2-0) won for the second straight day after posting a 12-2 win over Pebblebrook on Wednesday. The Mustangs are 2-0 in the region for the first time since 2006.

"We're getting better," coach Berreath Dukes said after the region win, "but we still have to be more consistent in throwing strikes and staying active on the bases. We have good on-field leadership. Our seniors have done an excellent job."

Ledbetter had some problems late in the game, but the hard-thrower exhibited good control for much of the game.

Offensively, Morrow had a strong start with four runs in the first inning. Whitworth, Michael Hutcherson, Taylor Smith and Dior Isom scored for the Mustangs in building a quick 4-0 lead.

Rashad Crawford, who scored three times for the Tigers in the defeat, and Marvin Taylor scored for the hosts in cutting the deficit to 4-2 after the first inning.

Whitworth and Curtis Fagin gave the Mustangs two more runs in the second for a 6-2 lead.

Taylor scored in the third on a single and a flyout by Pierre Bowles.

Morrow scored two runs in the fourth inning. Davion Williams walked and moved to third on a stolen base and a sacrifice. A throwing error by Mundy's Mill off the bat of Fagin scored Williams, with Fagin moving to third. He scored on a single by Smith.

Mundy's Mill cut the deficit in the fifth on an RBI single by Bowles, scoring Taylor.

Singles by Whitworth and Fagin opened Morrow's sixth inning. Whitworth would score by virtue of a failed attempted pick-off of Fagin. A ground out by Smith scored Fagin.

Mundy's Mill scored its final run in the sixth. An error off the bat of Crawford scored Jonathan Whitted.

Morrow capped the scoring in the seventh as a grounder from Alan Dunn plated Ledbetter.

It's been a good start for the Mustangs in Dukes' first year as head coach. He's in his third year overall with the Mustang program.

Mundy's Mill coach Patrick Smith is hoping for better leadership and hitting from his Tigers. The hosts had just three hits on the evening past the second inning.