Emporia State takes final Turnpike Tussle for the season


April 25, 2018- (Courtesy: ESU Athletics) Emporia State Baseball takes the final Turnpike Tussle meeting of the 2018 season 8-3 over Washburn. The Hornets used ten hits and five Ichabod errors to take the win.
Teams exchanged outs in the three opening frames before the Hornets took the lead with one run in the bottom of the fourth. Bryce Fischer doubled to right center field and scored when Mason Brown reached on a fielding error by the third baseman to put the Hornets up 1-0 after four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth the Hornets extended their lead with four runs on three hits and one error. Taylor Sanagorski lead off the inning for the Hornets and was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a ground out from Brandon Bachar. Brian Grove doubled to left center to drive Sanagorski in to score. Grove scored on a double from Mack Gowing to right field. Gowing advanced to third on a balk and Fischer was hit by a pitch. Gowing scored as Brown reached on an error by the third baseman. Fischer scored on a single to left field from Kaden Shaffer to put the Hornets up 5-0.
After exchanging outs in the sixth and seventh innings, the Ichabods got on the board with three runs in the top of the eighth on two hits and one error. The Hornets answered quickly to close out scoring with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Trevor Turner reached base and advanced to second on an error by the short stop. Tanner Arst pinch hit for Sanagorski with a single through the right side to advance Turner to third. Tyler Harris came in to pinch run for Arst and stole second. Tate Kastens doubled to right field to drive in the runners. Kastens advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to end scoring at 8-3.
The Hornets had ten hits in the game led by Mack Gowing and Bryce Fischer each with two hits. Brian Grove, Mason Brown, Kaden Shaffer, Taylor Sanagorski, Tanner Arst and Tate Kastens each had one hit for the Hornets. Tyler Harris scored his first run for the Hornets after joining the baseball team as his second sport.
Max Simpson started on the mound for the Hornets and pitched 8.0 innings allowing three runs on six hits with seven K’s. Nathan Gieber came in to pitch the final inning for the Hornets allowing just one hit and throwing 11 pitches.
The Hornets will be back in action on Friday as they host Northeastern State in a three-game series.

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