By Bob Simmons
Elsberry swept a doubleheader on April 11 with wins over Van-Far and Louisiana.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Tyler Turnbull got the win. Turnbull pitched five innings, allowed three runs (no earned), while striking out nine.
“Our pitch count got up a little high due to six walks but Tyler battled and put us in a great position to win,” said Elsberry Coach Dustin Robinson.
Jake Rimel and Stephen Boedekerboth had two hits each, one single and one double. Rimel also added two RBIs on his double. The final score was 6-5. This win moved Elsberry to 2-0 in the Eastern Missouri Conference.
In the second game of the night, Elsberry had their bats going in an 12-1 win. Nick Stone took the mound and was very effective. Stone pitched three innings with Michael Kelly and Lance Reed throwing one inning each. Combined, the three only allowed one hit.
Layton Bartlett and Turnbull both hit doubles. Turnbull added two RBIs as well.
“We didn’t hit real well but we did draw 13 walks which allowed us to be aggressive on the bases,” said Robinson. “We did a great job of picking up the extra base and productive outs pushed runs across. These two wins got us back to .500 (3-3).”
On April 7, Elsberry defeated Bowling Green. The score was 2-0. Jon Almus pitched six innings, while striking out nine.
“We grabbed the momentum early when Jon pitched out of a bases loaded jam and only one out in the first,” said Robinson. “We would then go on to score in the bottom of the first. Neither team swung the bats very well but we had a couple clutch hits to scratch out two runs. One thing I was happy with at the plate was the amount of pitches we made their starter throw. Tyler Turnbull came in to get the save.”