Exploding for 11 runs in three innings, the Hillsboro junior varsity baseball team had an easy time of it against the Festus Tigers on Friday. Playing at Windsor High School because of wet field conditions, the Hawks responded with 11 unanswered runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take down the Tigers 11-1 and improve to 9-6 on the season.
According to JV coach Chris Grewe, the team’s success started with pitching. “Kyle Cozort was on the mound and, once again, he took care of business.” Cozort pitched all five innings giving up three hits while striking out seven and walking just one. He gave up his only run in the top of the third inning as Festus drew first blood and took a 1-0 lead. But then the Hawks went into attack mode and the floodgates opened. “Eli Epleyled the way with two hits and two RBI,” Grewe pointed out. The other hits came from Connor Jenkins, Jase Stewart, Noah Shuman, Zach Schneider, Max Hildebrand, and Junior Arnold. Stewart and Arnold had doubles. The team drew six walks.
Grewe pointed out that the team made Festus pay for their miscues. “On the bases, these boys took advantage of every little mistake Festus made, moving up on throws and bobbled balls.” The Tigers made seven errors compared to just one for the Hawks.
“This week we finished 2-1,” Grewe concluded. “They came to play tonight, even after varsity’s 10 inning game, and when the rain started falling, they kept pushing. We will wrap up the season with Perryville on Monday, and Jefferson R-7 on Wednesday.”