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Highlanders sweep Hill

The McLennan Highlanders swept the Hill Rebels today at Bosque River Ballpark.

McLennan defeated Hill 10-4 in game one with Reece Calvert pitching the complete game on the mound.

Hill scored one run in the top of the first as Caleb Dean doubled, moved to this on an Omar Salinas single and scored on ground out by Saul Guardado.

McLennan got on the board with one run in the bottom of the second as Brendan Venter doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fly out by Brock Morrison.

The Highlanders added four runs in the third. Joe Breaux singled and moved to second on a ground out by Tucker Johnson. Dimas Ojeda followed with a double, scoring Breaux. Ojeda came in to score on a pair of wild pitches. Cory Voss drew a walk and scored on a double by Venter. Venter advanced to third on an overthrow and scored on a double by Morrison.

Two more Highlander runs scored in the bottom of the fifth. Voss walked and scored on another double by Morrison. James Rudkin then doubled to score Morrison.

The Rebels scored two runs in the sixth. Philip Ingram and Salinas both singled. Ingram advanced to third on a fly out by Guardado. D.J. Petrinsky singled to score Ingram. Salinas then scored on a single by Dylan Lemons.

McLennan's final three runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson led off with a solo home run. Ojeda doubled and scored on a double by Voss. Morrison then singled to score Voss.

Hill rounded out the scoring with a run in the top of the seventh as Ingram singled, advanced around to third on a Highlander error and scored on a passed ball.

The Highlanders defeated the Rebels 11-5 in the nightcap with Chris Glover getting the win and Paul Kirkpatrick getting the save. 

Hill began the scoring with one run in the top of the first as Dean walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a ground out by Ingram and scored on a ground out by Salinas.

McLennan exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the first. Johnson and Ojeda both singled. Voss followed with a sacrifice fly to score Johnson. Venter drew a walk but was out at second on a fielder's choice by Noah McGowan. Morrison followed with a single to score Ojeda. Rudkin singled, bringing McGowan in to score. Chris Roller singled to score Morrison. Mario Vela then singled to score Rudkin. Johnson's double scored Roller and Vela. Ojeda followed with the two-run homer. Voss then doubled and scored on a single by Venter. 

The Rebels added two runs in the sixth as Ingram singled and came around to score on a Petrinsky home run.

Another Hill run scored in the seventh as Lemons singled, moved to second on a single by Tommy Nawa, advanced to third on a Dean walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ingram.

The Higlanders' final run came in the bottom of the eighth as Johnson singled, moved around to third on a single by Voss and scored on a passed ball.

The Rebels rounded out the scoring with Lemons' home run in the top of the ninth.  

"These are two really big wins today. I'm really proud of how we came out, not only how we pitched but how we played the game and swung the bats," head coach Mitch Thompson said. "We had 10 extra base hits in the first game, that's really a big day."

"Calvert and Glover both threw the ball well starting the games for us and Kirkpatrick finished the second game for us and was outstanding."

"This is a good team win against a good club that can put up runs against you and really hurt you if you don't play well. This was a really good bounce back to win the last three games of the series to win the series."

McLennan 10, Hill 4
Hill 100 002 1 – 4 11 0
McLennan 014 023 x – 10 13 1
Lachlan McDonald, Karson Houston (4) and D.J. Petrinsky. Reece Calvert and Cory Voss. WP: Calvert; LP: McDonald. Leading hitters – Hill: Caleb Dean (2-4, 2B), Philip Ingram (2-3), Omar Salinas (3-4), D.J. Petrinsky (2-3, RBI) and Dylan Lemons (1-3, RBI); McLennan: Tucker Johnson (1-3, HR, RBI), Dimas Ojeda (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), Cory Voss (1-2, 2B, RBI), Brendan Venter (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), Brock Morrison (3-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI), James Rudkin (2-3, 2B, RBI) and Mario Vela (1-3, 2B). Record: McLennan 31-9 (13-6)

McLennan 11, Hill 5
Hill 100 002 101 – 5 6 1
McLennan 10 00 000 01x – 11 13 2
Pedro Mercado, Jon Mahanay (1), Ryan Hogan (6), Patrick Morrow (9) and D.J. Petrinsky. Chris Glover, Paul Kirkpatrick (7) and Nic Motley. WP: Glover; LP: Mercado; SV: Kirkpatrick. Leading hitters – Hill: Philip Ingram (1-3, RBI), Omar Salinas (0-4, RBI), D.J. Petrinsky (2-4, HR, 2 RBI) and Dylan Lemons (2-4, HR, RBI); McLennan: Tucker Johnson (3-5, 2B, 2 RBI), Dimas Ojeda (2-5, HR, 2 RBI), Cory Voss (2-3, 2B, RBI), Brendan Venter (1-3, RBI), Brock Morrison (1-3, RBI), James Rudkin (1-5, RBI), Chris Roller (1-2, RBI) and Mario Vela (2-4, RBI). Record: McLennan 32-9 (14-6).

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