By Lenny Sementi
Tuscola’s baseball team busted out the bats in a 12-2 midweek victory over Vermilion Valley Conference foe Oakwood this past Wednesday. The Warriors posted crooked numbers in four of the five frames in the run rule shortened five-inning contest leaning on big nights from juniors Colton Musgrave and Easton Cunningham.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one on a leadoff base knock by Payton Armstrong, a walk to Easton Cunningham, an RBI single by Colton Musgrave and a two-RBI line double off the fence by Chase Jones. Oakwood answered with one in the top of the second before the Warriors put another pair on the board when Musgrave doubled driving in Armstrong and Cunningham, who singled and walked respectively. They plated four more on six free passes in the bottom of the fourth and ended it the fifth with four more highlighted by a solo home run by Cunningham and a single by Musgrave.
Armstrong touched home three times in the game on a two for three night. Cunningham scored three times as well while Musgrave went three for three with two RBI’s. Caden Baer was strong as was Patrick Pierce combining for a pair of hits and three RBI’s.
Armstrong collected the win working two scattering one hit, two walks and a run over two innings of work. Dylan Shinn closed out the final three frames striking out a pair while giving one run on one hit.
The following night it was Warrensburg’s offense that proved to be the difference in a 17-4 Warrior loss. Tuscola went toe to toe with one of the best in the Central Illinois Conference thru three innings but that point forward the visitors took over. The Cardinals hit a solo shot to open the third ultimately pushing three across but the Warriors answered with a Musgrave dinger and three runs of their own knotting it a three. Then it went south with Warrensburg putting three more on the board in the fourth and fifth before closing the door with an eight spot in the sixth.
Pierce took the loss giving up six runs, four earned on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight. Jones, Isaac Halverson, Brady Cain and Doug Ruggle worked the final two frames. Armstrong went two for three in the evening with a double. Musgrave drove in all four runs and Pierce posted a single to his season stat sheet.