Macks Creek returned to the field for their second game of tournament pool play on Wednesday night. They left with a 10-7 win over the host Wheatland Mules.
Wheatland drew the first punch with a single run in the first, but Macks Creek answered back with three runs of its own in the second. The Mules tied it back up in the third, only to see the Pirates pur on four runs in the fourth.
After Wheatland brought in two more runs across the plate to cut the deficit down to 7-5, Macks Creek put up three runs in the seventh. Good thing, too, because the Mules did not go down quietly putting up two more runs before running out of outs.
Macks Creek senior Justin Register picked up the win in his first start of the spring. The righty worked the first six-and-one-third innings where he gave up seven runs, five earned, on five hits while striking out seven, walking two, and hitting three batters. Freshman Tanner Smith worked the last two-thirds of an inning and allowed one hit to go along with one walk and one strike out.
"Justin threw well for us tonight," Macks Creek head coach Jason Trusty said. "He kept the ball around the zone and our defense, for the most part, played well behind him."
Offensively for Macks Creek, Colton Walter and Oscar Cortez each went two-for-four at the plate. Walter reached base in all five of his trips to the plate. He singled twice, walked, reached on an error twice, scored two runs, and drove in two. Cortez singled twice, collected two RBIs, scored once, and walked once.
Justin Register reached twice on fielder's choices, singled once, and scored two runs. Gage Mashburn doubled in a run, was beaned twice and had a run scored. Trever Smith singled once in his three trips to the plate and walked once. Tanner Smith walked twice, was hit-by-a-pitch once, had an RBI and scored twice. Cole Register walked four times and scored a run, Carsen Strutz was hit-by-a-pitch twice, scored once and had an RBI. Last but not least, Grant English collected an RBI on a hit-by-pitch.
Macks Creek improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in pool play. The Pirates were scheduled to take on Fair Play on Thursday in the final pool play game. The next tournament game this weekend is yet to be determined, weather permitting.
Courtesy of Macks Creek School District