Mark Twain attacks Van-Far bullpen to sway game in its favor

Preston Eckler throws to first base during warmups between innings on Tuesday. Eckler scored two runs for Mark Twain during a win Thursday night.
Posted: Apr. 14, 2017 12:01 am

The Mark Twain baseball team trailed Van-Far 4-1 entering the sixth inning Thursday night before its bats decided to come to life. 

Mark Twain rallied for five runs in the sixth and seven more in the seventh to turn the tables and come away with a 13-4 Eastern Missouri Conference road victory.

The Tigers (3-4, 2-1 EMO) gained little traction against Van-Far starting pitcher Josh Hodde, who struck out 11 and held the visitors hitless while allowing one run over five innings.

But Mark Twain did a number to the Van-Far bullpen, exploiting three Indian relievers for a total of eight hits and seven walks during the final two frames. 

Parker Eddington finished 2-for-3 with three runs for Mark Twain, while Conner Grossmann went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Loren Carlisle went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Bailey McMillen, the Tigers No. 3 hitter, drew three walks. Brady Hooley earned the win for Mark Twain, tossing 4 2/3 innings while striking out six and allowing four runs. 

Carlisle closed out the contest with 2 1/3 scoreless innings to give the Tigers their second conference victory.

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