CJH and MJH split games

Justin Miller
Magical Meyers: Mossville pitcher Mitch Meyers fires a pitch in the first inning.

The Chillicothe-Mossville crosstown rivalry game was a thrilling battle, as Chillicothe Junior High’s offense exploded and pitching dominated.

On Saturday, the CJH Mustangs defeated their rivals, the Mossville Warriors, 11-3, in Mossville.

The high scoring game of two junior high rivals started out with the Mustangs doing all the scoring.               

In the top of the first inning, CEC second baseman Austin Johnson reached on a single, moved to second on a single by first baseman Konnor Smithson, then advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around to score on another wild pitch by Mossville pitcher Mitch Meyers. Smithson would also come around to score in the inning on another wild pitch.

Mossville would get a single in the bottom of the first by pitcher Meyers, who would go on to be picked off at first. Left fielder Alec Janes would then single and steal a base, to be followed by two strikeouts to end the inning.

In the top of the second, CJH pitcher Caleb Magee hit a double and scored on a wild pitch. Later

in the inning, CJH catcher Kyle Baker would reach on a walk and later score on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the second, Magee worked a one, two, three inning against the Warriors.

In the top of the third, CJH shortstop Spencer Youngman reached on a walk and was then bunted over by Magee.  Youngman would come around to score on an RBI single by centerfielder John O’Bryant.

The Warriors came up with another scoreless inning in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, Meyers was taken out for Mossville’s relief pitcher Sam Reuter, but CJH’s offensive day would continue nonetheless.

Johnson reached on a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single from Smithson.  Smithson then stole second and third and scored on a double by Magee.

Mossville would not score in the bottom of the fourth, and CJH came up empty for the first time in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Mossville would load the bases with a single from shortstop Alan Parr, a walk by Derek Meeks and a walk by Meyers. Janes then grounded out, and on the same play, Meeks was called out on runner interference for the third out.

In the top of the sixth, Johnson reached on a walk, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch and then advanced to third on a groundout by Smithson.  Johnson then scored on an RBI single by designated hitter Mitch McIntyre.

McIntyre then scored on a double by Magee, who scored on an RBI double by Zac Kluge.

In the bottom of the sixth, Mossville would finally put some runs on the board.

First baseman Isaac McCorkle, who reached on a single, scored on a single by right fielder John Matthews. Designated hitter Jake Dismang then scored on a fielder’s choice by Parr and

Matthews scored on an error by CJH third baseman Wade Pollack.

In the top of the seventh, Johnson added another RBI to his stats for the day on a double that scored Baker.

Mossville did not score in the bottom of the seventh, as Magee finished his complete game, giving up only one earned run.

When asked about the game, in which his team outhit Mossville, 10-6, CJH coach Marty Ogburn said, “We played very well. Our execution at the plate was good, with two good bunts to move runners over. We ran the bases well also.  Good things happen when you put the bat on the ball and the ball in play. We also had good fielding and pitching out there. We played good, and I’m proud of our boys.”

The second game of the double header was played with the players who did not get into the first game. Mossville jumped out to a big lead by scoring one in the first and seven in the second to beat CJH, 8-2.

Mossville was led by the strong performance of starting pitcher Janes and relief pitchers Luke Schaub and Jake Thulean.