Morton slugs way to baseball victories

Bryan Veginski
Morton senior Jared Liddle, pictured April 13, was 3-for-5 with five RBIs on Friday as the baseball team won the second game of a twin bill at Chatham Glenwood 15-4. The Potters began the week with a 19-3 record.

The Morton baseball team fired its second combined shutout of the Mid-Illini Conference season on April 20.

With the same trio as the previous week at Limestone, the Potters blanked Dunlap 3-0 at Morton Community Baseball Stadium.

Collin Mormann was 2-for-3, and Dan Bolt and Noah Peterson drove in first-inning runs for Morton on a triple and single, respectively.

Ryan Altenberger gave the Potters a 3-0 lead with an RBI in the fourth inning.

Starter Mitchell Smith fanned five and walked one, while allowing five hits in four innings for the victory.

Braden Rassi struck out three in two spotless innings before Jake Starkey earned the save in the seventh.

MHS 3, Galesburg 1

The Potters inserted two different pitchers into their trio and threw another pitching gem on April 21.

Trace King, Altenberger and Starkey combined to no-hit the visiting Silver Streaks.

King tossed the first three innings, Altenberger the next three to gain the win and Starkey finished off the feat in the seventh. Altenberger had five of the 10 combined strikeouts.

Bolt was 2-for-2 with a double. Peterson broke a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring two-base hit in the fifth inning.

Jared Liddle provided Morton an insurance run in the sixth with a two-out single.

MHS 13, Dunlap 1 (5)

The Potters blistered the Eagles pitching to complete a M-I sweep on April 22.

Morton moved to 4-2 in the conference and stayed tied for third place in the standings with Washington.

The game in Peoria County was over quickly as the Potters scored six times in the top of the first inning.

Adam Christianson threw a five-inning complete game. He struck out five and walked just one in a three-hit effort.

Liddle was 3-for-4 with a triple and the batter in front of him, Ben Main, was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Peterson, Kevin Smith, Christianson and Altenberger all had two hits among the Potters’ 15.

Christianson and Altenberger, who chipped in a double and triple, respectively, drove in three runs apiece and Peterson and Smith one each.

Mormann also generated an RBI for Morton, which was ahead 11-1 after three innings.

MHS 12, Peoria Heights 1

The Potters ended up with the expected resulted on Thursday.

In a non-conference mismatch, Morton overpowered the guest Patriots.

Kevin Smith doubled twice and knocked in three runs in a 3-for-3 game.

Altenberger had one of the six Potters extra-base hits and had two RBIs while going 2-for-2.

Main, who tripled, Noah Peterson and Tucker Anderson also supplied two hits each and drove in a run.

Bolt and Daniel Stuckey had RBIs as well. The former doubled, along with Mormann.

Kyle Cashdollar tossed three shutout innings with three strikeouts and two hits.

Bradyn Thompson worked the last two innings. He whiffed two and walked one.

Highlighting the Morton offensive performance were four-run outbursts in the second and fourth innings.

MHS 2-15, Chatham Glenwood 6-4

The Potters earned a split in Chatham on Friday.

Morton (19-3) continued its banner season with a solid showing against one of the premier downstate baseball programs.

In the opener, Bolt and Peterson hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth to account for the only Potters runs and give the visitors the lead.

The Titans countered with five runs in the home half of the fifth inning to secure the victory.

Starkey took the loss. Mitchell Smith, Rassi and Altenberger all pitched for Morton as well.

The second game went only six innings as the Potters had 18 hits and scored the final 10 runs, including seven in its last at-bat.

The Nos. 5 and 6 hitters in a reconstructed line-up, Liddle and Christianson, combined for nine RBIs. Liddle had three hits and Christianson added two, including a three-run homer.

Altenberger was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Kevin Smith also doubled twice among three hits.

Bolt supplied two hits and Mormann knocked in two runs in the nightcap.

With six strikeouts and one hit allowed in 3 2/3 shutout innings, Altenberger won the decision.  

Altenberger followed King to the hill in a game that was 5-4 at the time of his insertion.