Chipping away has been a common theme for the Hoots this season at the plate. That trend continued on Wednesday evening as O’Fallon (13-8) scored at least one run in each inning after the first. Despite falling down 3-0 and 4-1 early on in the game against the Cape Catfish (7-13), the Hoots battled back to win their eighth straight ball game after 13 unanswered runs.
The Hoots received a big boost from third baseman Alex Adams (Missouri Baptist). Adams slugged his second and third home runs of the season in the contest, both to the opposite field.
On the mound, Collin Baumgartner (SIU-Edwardsville) started the game for O’Fallon. He pitched into the third inning before Logan Mantz (Missouri-St. Louis) entered. Mantz was incredible in relief, striking out six Catfish hitters in his outing. Anthony Klein was able to escape a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth frame, and also pitched a scoreless seventh.
In the seventh inning, the Hoots really turned it on. Starting with a Patrick Clohisy (Saint Louis University) double, and ending with a Patrick Clohisy two-run home run. The Hoots batted around in the frame, completing the mercy rule finish, leading by 10 runs in the seventh. Ole Arntson (SIU-Edwardsville) and Kaden Byrne (Drury University) each recorded RBI doubles and Noah Fisher (Northern Kentucky) hit an RBI triple in the inning.
Every Hoot who had a plate appearance in the contest recorded at least one hit. It was a full team effort for the O’Fallon Hoots to win over their division foe Cape, complete the mercy rule requirements, and come away victorious for the eighth game in a row.