Marengo Academy routs Clarke Prep

Published 11:01 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Marengo Academy (4-0) remained perfect on the season Tuesday, picking up a 13-3 win over Clarke Prep in its home opener.

“Clarke Prep’s got a pretty good team,” MA head coach Jonathan Lindsey said, “but we put together a good game on the mound and we swung the sticks well.”

Dustin McIntyre started the game for the Longhorns, pitching three innings and striking out one. Wood Collins pitched the final two innings, striking out two.

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“It’s really going to play with their timing,” Lindsey said of his team’s ability to turn to the depth of its pitching staff to keep opposing lineups off balance. “When it comes down to it, they’ve got to make an adjustment with another pitcher.”

The Longhorn backed up their arms with strong offensive display. Kyle Schroeder went 1-for-2 with four runs scored. Wood Collins went 2-for-3 with a homerun and two RBIs. Beau Digmon went 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

The Longhorns also got strong contributions from Chris Whitaker, who went 2-for-3 with two homeruns and four RBIs.

“I’ve had a talk with him,” Lindsey said of Whitaker. “He’s not going to get many pitches to hit. He’s got to hit pitchers’ mistakes and he did that today.”

The win comes on the heels of a two-game stretch in which the Longhorns combined for 31 runs. Marengo rounded out the Gator Classic Saturday with a 17-0 win over Wilcox Academy. Trace Stenz pitched four innings and struck out six in that game. McIntyre closed the contest, pitching two innings and striking out four.

Schroeder put together a 2-for-4 day with a double and an RBI. Chris Sammons went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs. Whitaker went 1-for-2 with two RBIs in the game. Stenz helped his cause at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBIs.

The Longhorns also picked up a 14-1 win over Sumter Academy Monday. Matt Etheridge pitched three innings and struck out six hitters to anchor that effort. Jamie Clements finished the game, pitching one inning and striking out one.

Schroeder went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Jesse Morgan put together a 2-for-4 day.

“Right now we’re swinging the bats well, better than I thought we would,” Lindsey said, “but we’ve still got a lot of improving to do, both defensively and at the plate.”