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Karns City bats hot in 13-7 baseball win over Moniteau

Karns City’s Koen Williams, left,tags on Moniteau’s Landon Kelly out as Kelly tries to stretch a double into a triple during the top of the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s baseball game at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park. The Gremlins won, 13-7. Jared Todhunter/Special to the Eagle

Against an adept pitcher in Moniteau senior Dawson Wallace, Karns City fell into a first inning pit on Wednesday evening.

Building a figurative ladder with their bats, the Gremlins banged out half of their 14 total hits in a six-run second frame and wound up with a 13-7 baseball conference win at Michelle Krill Field at Historic Pullman Park.

“We had production from all ends of the lineup,” Gremlins coach Josh Smith said. “Wallace is one of the best in this league and we were able to string some runs together, hits together. In baseball, momentum is huge. We knew they weren’t going away, but we just kept on it.”

The Warriors’ Keagan Book’s infield single preceded Dawson Cook’s RBI base knock with two gone in the initial half-inning. Jacob Jones fanned Landon Kelly with the bases full to get out of that jam.

Karns City’s Troy Nagel began the bottom second by slapping a single down the first base line. Adam Manuel followed with a right field blooper before Koen Williams’ one-out RBI single brought in Nagel’s courtesy runner, Colton Christie.

Tyler Kelly had a run-scoring double after that, then Joey O’Donnell plated a score with a single. A throwing error on a fielder’s choice attempt cost Moniteau (0-2) another run. Jacob Callihan singled to load the bases and a fielder’s choice allowed O’Donnell around.

“We were attacking early most of the time,” Callihan said. “We got into some bad counts, but we were squaring balls up. Especially with two outs, we were getting some clutch hits.”

Karns City (3-0) scored five two-out runs in the contest, including when Nagel’s second hit of that inning scored Hobie Bartoe. Manuel struck out looking to end the frame.

“I don’t think, defensively, anything went wrong,” the Warriors’ Kelly said. “They just kept putting the ball where we weren’t. A lot of bloopers. Not much we can do about that.”

The Gremlins forced Wallace to throw 37 pitches in the second. He was pulled after the fourth, having fired 91 offerings.

“When you’ve got a guy like that, with his caliber of stuff, going to Slippery Rock (University) — not everybody gets the opportunity to do that,” Smith said of Wallace. “That comes with me maybe knowing a little bit how you need to attack that guy. He’s going to try to get ahead of you early. We made him work. We grinded out at-bats.”

Moniteau shortened the gap some in the top of the fourth with three consecutive hits. Cook singled and reached third on Ian Ross’ single, which Ross unsuccessfully tried to stretch to a double. Two pitches later, Landon Kelly hit a gap double — driving in Cook — but was thrown out on Mason Sherwin’s relay throw to third.

Callihan led off the bottom half of that inning with a single, Nagel drew a one-out walk, and Callihan and Christie capitalized on a throwing error two batters latter.

Connor Ealy received a one-out free pass in the top of the fifth and scored on Book’s ensuing double. Sherwin replaced the lifted Jones after that, benefiting from O’Donnell’s diving stop on a Wallace infield single to short. That effort didn’t let Book past third before Sherwin got out of the inning by striking out James Gillen and prompting Cook to fly out.

Callihan and O’Donnell both had extra-base RBI hits in the bottom fifth before Landon Kelly, Derrik Moyer, Chason Rugg, and Ealy all had one-out singles and scored in the top sixth. Karns City replied with RBI knocks by Tyler Kelly and Bartoe.

A fundraiser was held during the game to benefit the family of Karns City’s Mason Martin, who is still recovering from an injury suffered during the football season.

Moniteau 100 114 0 — 7 11 3

Karns City 060 223 x — 13 14 1

W: Jacob Jones 4.1IP (4K, 3BB). L: Dawson Wallace 4IP (6K, 1BB).

Moniteau (0-2): Connor Ealy 1B 2RBI 2R, Keagan Book 2B 1B 2RBI R, Dawson Wallace 1B RBI, Dawson Cook 3-1B RBI R, Ian Ross 1B, Landon Kelly 2B 1B RBI R, Derrik Moyer R, Rugg 1B R

Karns City (3-0): Hobie Bartoe 2B 3RBI R, Jacob Callihan 3B 2-1B RBI R, Jacob Jones RBI, Troy Nagel 2-1B RBI, Colton Christie 2R, Adam Manuel 1B 2R, Mason Sherwin 1B 2RBI R, Koen Williams 1B RBI R, Tyler Kelly 2B 2-1B 2RBI 3R, Joey O’Donnell 2B 1B 2RBI 2R

Karns City’s Mason Sherwin (13) pitches against Moniteau Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Moniteau’s Dawson Wallace (3) pitches against Karns City in a section game Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Karns City and Moniteau baseball stand with members of the Martin family in support of Mason Martins recovery before their section matchup Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Moniteau and Karns City line up for the national anthem while wearing No. 2 on their shirts in support of Mason Martin before their section matchup Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Karns City’s Colton Christie (10) crosses home plate in a section game against Moniteau on Wednesday evening, April 10, 2024, at Michelle Krill Memorial Field at Pullman Park. Karns City beat Moniteau with a final score of 13-7. Jared Todhunter/Special to the Eagle
Moniteau’s Dawson Cook (4) hits the ball during the Warriors section game against Karns City Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Karns City Head Coach Josh Smith talks to his dugout in between innings during a section game against Moniteau Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Karns City’s Troy Nagel (8) looks at a runner on base during a section game against Moniteau Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Moniteau’s Ian Ross (12) catches a ball for an out during the Warriors section game against Karns City Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024
Grandfathers of Mason Martin, Bob King (left) and Denny Martin Sr. (right), throw out the opening pitch before the section matchup between Karns City and Moniteau Wednesday evening at Pullman Park in Butler, Pa. Special to the Butler Eagle / Jared Todhunter. 04/10/2024

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