Goblin baseball sweeps Ozarks Classic


HDT | 3/24/2021

It was a good weekend on the diamond for the Goblins of Harrison High School.
The Harrison squad hosted the annual Ozarks Classic and finished the bracket with three-straight wins on its home field.
Tournament action ended with a 10-6 Goblin win in the championship against West Plains, Mo. Harrison reached the final game after a 12-3 win over Tuckerman and began the bracket with a 11-3 win against McDonald County, Mo.

Harrison 10, West Plains, Mo. 6
The Goblins were the aggressor early and held off a late push by the Zizzers to claim the final victory by a 10-6 margin.
After leaving West Plains with two batters stranded and zero runs in the top of the first, Harrison faced two outs in the bottom of the inning. The Goblins then put two runs on the board. Cole Keylon reached on a single and was batted in when teammate Dylan Block hit a RBI single to center field. Block added the second run when Cylan Madden drove a shot to left field for a double.
Neither team rounded the bases in the second frame and after shutting out the Zizzers for the third-straight inning, Harrison’s bats warmed up again.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Harrison scored four-straight runs. Tyler Hutcheson reached on a single before stealing second. Keylon was then walked to put two runners on the bases. Block earned his second RBI of the game with a single that scored Hutcheson and moved Keylon farther down the base path. Madden was then walked to load the bases followed by Breckin Duck’s second at-bat resulting in a sacrifice fly that scored Keylon. Logan Plumlee continued the offense with a RBI single that put Block across homeplate. Madden added the fourth run of the inning when Plumlee hit a single past the shortstop.
With two outs and a runner on second after a stolen base from Plumlee, Sloan Barrett was walked. Noah Moix then connected for a double that gave the Goblins a 7-0 lead before the end of the third.
West Plains managed a run in the fourth period after taking advantage of a walk and a set of wild pitches, Keylon and Block were both left stranded in the fourth.
The fifth inning was short lived as West Plains was only able to send three hitters to the batters box and Harrison was retired after four batters.
The Zizzers scored their second run in the top of the sixth and Harrison took the bats in the bottom of the inning with a 7-2 lead.
Beck Jones scored the first run for Harrison in the sixth with a double to left field and later scored on a Hutcheson RBI. Hutcheson later scored after Kaden Quandt lined a shot to right field. The final Goblin run came when Timber Crenwelge hit into a six-three play that sent Quandt in for the tenth Harrison run of the game.
The Zizzers made a late effort with four runs in the top of seventh, but Harrison claimed the win.
Hutcheson, Keylon, Block and Madden each scored two runs in the finals win. Plumlee and Quandt each scored one run.
Jones earned the win on the mound pitching four innings with six strikeouts, three hits and one walk. Duck threw two innings with two strikeouts. Thompson pitched .2 innings and Keylon finished the game with .1 innings.

Harrison 12, Tuckerman 3
The Goblin bats were hot early as they defeated Tuckerman in the semifinals, 12-3.
Harrison scored two runs in the first inning before exploding in the second frame for another six runs.
The Bulldogs faced a 8-0 deficit to start the third frame and put three runs across the plate.
The Goblins responded with four runs during the third frame which set the final score as both teams went scoreless the rest of the way.
Plumlee led the offense with three runs while Hutcheson and Block scored twice. Madden and Barrett were each able to score during the game.
Plumlee pitched a complete game with four strikeouts, four hits and two walks.

Opening Round
Harrison 11, McDonald County 3
The first game of the Ozarks Classic was a convincing 11-3 win for the Goblins.
After shutting out the Mustangs in the top of the first, Harrison put four early runs on the board. Jones scored the first run after begin walked and then crossing home plate after a wild pitch. Keylon scored after reaching on a single. Block and Madden added the next two runs after each batter was walked to get on base.
Jones, Keylon and Block each scored in the second inning. Jones reached on an error while Keylon was walked. Block hit in two of those runs with a triple before scoring himself.
Harrison held the 7-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when they added a run with Barrett rounding the bases after being walked.
The Mustangs scored their only runs with three batters rounding the bases in the top of the sixth.
Harrison matched that with three runs in the bottom of the same inning to end the scoring for the day. Keylon hit a triple in the sixth and then came home when Block blasted a two-run homer. Madden scored the final run when Moix was walked with the bases loaded.
Block’s three runs and four RBI led the offense for Harrison. Keylon also scored three runs while Jones and Madden had two apiece. Barrett scored once.
Harrison returns to action on Friday when they visit Mountain Home with the first pitch set for 4:30 p.m.