Morningside’s baseball team dropped its final two tune-ups before entering the GPAC portion of the schedule when it lost 11-7 and 8-0 against York in a Tuesday doubleheader in York, Neb.
The Mustangs, who will travel to Fremont, Neb., on Saturday to open their GPAC slate with a doubleheader against Midland, saw their record go to 6-11-1.
York scored in all but one inning of the opener. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Isaiah Bond was hit by a pitch and eventually scored when Dylan Roller walked with the bases loaded.
The Panthers made it 2-0 in the third inning when Casey Wagnon led off with a single and scored when Bond grounded into a double play.
The Panthers capitalized on a pair of Morningside errors when they plated three runs in the fourth to extend their lead to 5-0. The big hit was a two-run single by D.B. Vidal that came after the inning should have been over.
York scored three more runs in the fifth on a solo home run by Jake Sola and a two-run blast by Kevin Olmstead to go up 8-0.
York pitcher Matt Lindsley blanked the Mustangs on one hit over the first five innings, yielding only a one-out double by Sam Huska in the second inning.
Morningside foiled Lindsley’s shutout bid when it broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth. The Mustangs had two runners on base with one out after walks to Derek Clayton and Nathan DeChaine before a single by Joe Genoways loaded the bases. Clayton scored the Mustangs’ first run of the game when Jordan Pierce grounded out to the first baseman for the second out of the inning. Huska then delivered the big hit of the inning with a two-run single that brought home DeChaine and Genoways.
The Mustangs scored four more runs in the top of the seventh and had the bases loaded when the game ended. Morningside had four hits in the inning, including a RBI double by Genoways. The Mustangs scored runs on sacrifice flies by DeChaine and Huska and also scored a run when Matthew Sanchez walked with the bases loaded.
Huska went two-for-three with a double and three RBIs. Genoways also had a double and single and Andrew Kasperbauer had two hits with a pair of singles.
Panther pitcher Casey Wagnon twirled a three-hit shutout in the nightcap. Wagnon, who threw only 81 pitches while going the distance, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.
The Mustangs’ hits were a first inning single by DeChaine, a second inning single by Kasperbauer and a fourth inning single by Huska.
Sola hit a single in the first inning to drive in the first two runs of the game and slugged a two-run home run in a four-run fifth inning.