LONE GROVE — Singles ruled the day for Lone Grove against Tishomingo, and they were plenty enough to lift the Longhorns to 3-0.
Jacob Stewart drove in four runs and Grant Harmon picked up his first varsity win, tossing four shutout innings in a 12-2 win for Lone Grove on Tuesday. Stewart had two-run singles in both the first and second innings, which gave the Longhorns insurance on a day when Harmon was close to unhittable.
Lone Grove spotted the freshman seven runs in the first inning, and Harmon took care of the rest, striking out eight and giving up just two hits.
"He did a really good job for us today," Lone Grove coach Jake Melton said. "He threw a lot of strikes and worked out of a jam there a time or two.
"We're happy where he's at right now. He's doing real well."
Harmon struck out the side in both the third and fourth innings for Lone Grove. With Tish's Allan Plummer and Clayton Cramer drawing two-out walks in the third, Harmon recorded his fifth K to get out of the inning. Harmon then mowed down the Tish lineup 1-2-3 in the fourth.
The Lone Grove offense provided Harmon with room to maneuver. Dillon Atkinson started Lone Grove off with a two-run single in the first, and with the bases loaded, Justice Ruhnke drew a balk out of Tish starter Collin Sullivan for the 3-0 lead.
Stewart added his first 2-run single to put Lone Grove ahead 5-0, Tanner Vernon drew an RBI walk and Stewart scored on a passed ball to give the Longhorns a seven-run cushion.
Of Lone Grove's seven hits, four drove in multiple runs. After Jaz Long's RBI single in the fourth made the score 10-0, Bryce Newton added another two-run hit for the Longhorns.
Atkinson and Stewart each had two hits for Lone Grove.
"(They) got two big hits early in the ball game," Melton said of Stewart and Atkinson. "That was big for us. We put together some pretty big at-bats in a row.
"We gave some at-bats away at times, but Jacob and Dillan had some big hits and drove in some runs."
Plummer and Caleb Casteel each added a hit for Tishomingo. The Indians' lone runs came via Cramer's single in the fifth inning.
The first three batters of the fifth reached for the Indians, and Cramer delivered a two-run single.
"We've had some really good bright spots in innings, but we've got to keep getting better," Melton said. "We've got a lot of stuff to work on, especially this early."
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