By JEFF BENSON | Cherokee News Patriot Sports
AKRON, Iowa - With excitement in the air for the 2020 baseball season to get underway, MMCRU Royals met up against a buzz-saw in Akron-Westfield senior pitcher Jack Anderson.
The Westerners' hurler one hit the Royals in a game-shortened five inning matchup due to the run-rule, 11-1. The MMCRU loss is the tenth in last 11 meetings between the two teams, including a nine-game winning win by Akron-Westfield snapped a year ago on July 10, as the Royals came up with a 7-0 shutout victory.
The lone Royals hit belonged to Carson Pick, who picked up an RBI scoring Gunnar Johnson for MMCRU's lone run in the top half of the third inning.
Johnson also stole a base and was hit-by-a-pitch.
Akron-Westfield's offense jumped on MMCRU right away scoring five times in the first innings. They added two runs in each of the second and fourth innings and single runs in the third and fifth to finish things off.
Anderson earning the mound win fanned six MMCRU batters.
Taking the loss for MMCRU was Cade Pepper, who started and went just one-third, throwing 33 pitches and being touched up for all five runs, one earned. Derrick Goth and eightgrader Jonah Petersen all saw time on the mound for the Royals. Goth worked 2-2/3 innings and Petersen went two innings.
The duo of Tyson Fairbanks and Sam Mullenix accounted for seven of the 10 Westerner hits off MMCRU pitching. Fairbanks was 4-of-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Mullenix was 2-of-3 with a home run and five RBIs. Layton Koch also picked up two RBIs for Akron-Westfield.
MMCRU (0-1) looks to secure their first win Tuesday hosting George-Little Rock in Remsen.
|Gunnar Johnson, cf||1||0||1||0|
|Colin Pick, 2b||2||0||0||0|
|Cade Pepper, p||20||0||0||0|
|Carson Pick, c||2||1||0||1|
|KC Nick, ss||2||0||0||0|
|Derrick Goth, lf||2||0||0||0|
|Brett Staab, 1b||2||0||0||0|
|Preston Astidias, rf||2||0||0||0|
|Jonah Petersen, p||0||0||0||0|
|Cade Pepper (Loss)||0.1||2||5||1||1||1||33|