URBANA - Macks Creek and Skyline got together on Monday night for an impromptu game. When the dust had settled, the Pirates avenged had an earlier season loss, winning by the score of 8-6.
In the top of the first, Brian Devivo hit the third pitch he saw over the all in left-centerfield, his first career home run, and gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Tommie Willis then followed with a double to left center. Following a fly out to center, Bricker Berry pulled a ball just inside the bag at third, which rolled into the corner and scored Willis from second and allowed him to go to second. Another out was recorded before Eric Waters doubled to right-center and brought Berry around for a 3-0 advantage after half an inning of play.
The Tigers responded with two of their own in the bottom half. Wyatt Dampier singled and moved to third on a Ryan Melton ball to center that was dropped. Both runners would score on consecutive ground outs to the short stop.
Macks Creek responded in the second. Jacob Devivo walked and moved to third on back-to-back wild pitches. Matt Hicks followed with a walk and stole second. After a pop up to the second baseman Willis collected a sacrifice fly to left to push the score to 4-2.
The Pirates would plate two more runs in the fourth. Brian Devivo walked with one out and stole second base. Following a wild pitch, Willis banged an RBI-single. After moving to second on a wild pitch, he would steal third and come around to score when the pick off attempt rolled into left field.
Two more runs would score for Macks Creek in the fifth. Waters would strikeout but reach base on a wild pitch. He would then steal second, where the throw sailed into center allowing him to move to third. He would continue to the plate when the ball skipped by the center fielder. Lane Parrack singled, was sacrificed over to third by Jacob Devivo, and came around to score on Hicks' RBI-double to right-center for an 8-2 lead.
Skyline would plate four runs in the sixth. Chipper Berry walked and moved to third on wild pitches. Berry would score on a failed pickoff attempt at third. Following two strikeouts, Corbin Cole would be hit-by-a-pitch by Pirates' starter Matt Hicks. After a pitching change, Lane Wisdom walked ahead of a Dampier two RBI-double to cut the lead to 8-5. Ryan Melton would then bloop a ball into right, where the right fielder overthrew the cutoff, allowing Dampier to score and cut the deficit to 8-6. Another pitching change by Macks Creek saw a ground ball back to the pitcher to end the inning.
The Pirates loaded the bases in the top of the seventh but not score. In the bottom half, the Tigers loaded the bases using a single and two walks with two outs before a fly out to right ended the game.
Page 2 of 2 - "Great game from our whole team tonight," commented Coach Trusty, "we took what we gained from Friday and applied it here."
Matt Hicks improved to 2-0 with five-and-two-thirds of an inning of work. He struck out six, walked two, hit one batter and allowed four unearned runs on four hits. Cody Eidson faced four batters, allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. Brian Devivo picked up his first save of the season in working the final one-and-one-third of an inning. He surrendered one hit, walked two and struck out one.
"Matt was phenomenal on the mound for us tonight," added Coach Trusty.
Dalyn Trippe took the loss for Skyline. He worked the first inning, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out two hitters. Corbin Cole faced two batters in the second and allowed one run before giving way to Lane Wisdom. Wisdom worked the next five innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits. He also struck out four and walked five. Wyatt Dampier worked the seventh and allowed one hit while walking two and striking out two.
Tommie Willis paced the Pirates' offense with a two-for-three night. He scored two runs and had an RBI. Lane Parrack also collected two hits on the night and scored a run. Austin Hufferd banged out two singles in the contest. Brian Devivo homered, scored twice and had an RBI. Brick Berry had an RBI-double, Cody Eidson singled, Eric Waters had an RBI-double, as did Matt Hicks. Jacob Devivo walked and scored as well. Berry and Waters crossed the plate for the Pirates.
Wyatt Dampier collected two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Tigers. Daylyn Trippe and Zac Vader each had an RBI. Ryan Melton, Johnathan Davis, Chipper Berry, and Brandon Keller each had a hit as well. Melton, Berry, Corbin Cole, and Lane Wisdom scored one run each.
Macks Creek moves to 7-4 with the win. They play host to Richland tomorrow, travel to Crocker on Thursday and host Halfway on Friday.