Goblins win defensive battle in Missouri


HDT | 4/6/2021

OZARK, Mo. — Harrison baseball keeps finding ways to win.
On Friday, the Diamond Goblins traveled north across the state line for a non-conference game at Ozark, Mo. against the Staley Falcons of Kansas City, Mo.
Stingy defense on the part of both teams resulted in runs coming in small amounts. After seven innings, Harrison was able to break a tie in the sixth inning to take the lead and hold on to post a 4-3 victory.
Friday’s contest began with Harrison attacking the scoreboard first when leadoff hitter Beck Jones opened the game with a triple to center field and was later sent home on a RBI by teammate Cole Keylon.
The Falcons responded with two runs in the bottom of the first to take their first and only lead of the game.
In the second inning, the Goblins started slow. However, with two outs, they found an offensive push when Sloan Barrett hit a single to right field followed by Noah Moix sending a drive past the third baseman for a base hit. Jones then recorded his second hit of the game with a RBI single to left field that scored Barrett and tied the game at two apiece.
Harrison added another run in the top of the third when Keylon scored off a Breckin Duck RBI.
Neither team was able to round the bases until Staley was able to score on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three each.
Harrison found the run they needed when Barrett was hit by a pitch followed by Moix getting walked. Jones found another hit as Barrett worked his way to home plate for the go-ahead run.
Barrett’s two runs led the team while Jones and Keylon each rounded the bases once.
Cylan Madden began the game on the bump pitching five innings. Duck recorded the win while throwing the final two innings.
The win marks the ninth-straight for the Goblins. Harrison returned to the field on Monday when they visited Pea Ridge in conference play. The Blackhawks were 4-9 on the season and had lost eight of their last nine games.