Runners flood bases as Musselman wins

INWOOD — Just about everybody that played in Musselman’s 10-6 win over Washington got a chance to run the bases.

The Applemen had 24 baserunners, leaving 11 of them stranded but still scoring 10 times and coaxing 15 hits from the three Washington pitchers. Washington’s errors were two in number and its pitchers issued a combined seven walks or hit batsmen.

Washington had 19 baserunners — some of its own creation and plenty from the six errors the Applemen committed and the seven batters that were either walked or hit by pitches. The Patriots had seven hits and they stranded nine runners.

Dorian Hetzel takes a healthy cut at a fastball down the middle in Washington’s loss on Thursday to Musselman..

Dorian Hetzel takes a healthy cut at a fastball down the middle in Washington’s loss on Thursday to Musselman..

When Musselman had a 5-0 lead, there was nothing safe about it. When Washington closed to within 6-5 in the fifth, there was nothing to keep it in that threatening position because Musselman continued to feast on the Patriot pitching and suspect defense. The Applemen added two insurance runs in both the sixth and seventh.

The offensive leader from Musselman was the one getting on base five times — Darrin Zombro — and those reaching safely four times — Denver Luttrell and Maverick Keller. The list of Applemen players getting aboard three times had Jacob Whitmore and freshman Nick Haman.

Haman and Keller each drove in three runs.

For Washington, Ryan Mumaw went 3-for-4, Drew Hetzel reached base three times and Seth Campbell had two hits and two RBIs.

Musselman was 19-9 overall and the Patriots were 8-12 in their 20 games.

The game had been long and it had been messy. The numerous errors, walks, baserunning mistakes and hit batsmen had seen to that.

 

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