UNION CITY — The Ansonia and Mississinawa Valley baseball team matched up for the fourth time this season on Monday, this time a Cross County Conference game that the Blackhawks won 7-0.
Mississinawa swept Ansonia 9-5 and 14-7 in a doubleheader on April 5. Then on Saturday at a wood bat tournament in Union City, Indiana, the Tigers won 19-16 in nine innings.
Monday’s match up had less offense with MV pitcher Carson Stump and the Blackhawk defense shutting down the Tigers for the 7-0 victory.
“We played good,” Mississinawa Valley coach Max Guillozet said. “We hit the ball well. We just hit it right at people. Carson did a great job on the mound. Defensively we were solid. Had an error or two in the field but recovered from that.”
Mississinawa Valley out-hit Ansonia seven to two in Monday’s game. Both teams made a couple errors.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Mississinawa Valley broke the tie in the bottom of the third inning with a run. Tyler Jenkinson led off the inning reaching on an error, and Tyler Connor walked. Stump then hit a double to drive in Jenkinson for a 1-0 Mississinawa Valley lead.
Even with a run in, two runners on base and no outs, Ansonia limited the damage by throwing out a runner at home and turning a double play to limit MV to one run in the inning.
“Defensively we keep getting better every week,” Ansonia coach Zack Evers said. “Are we where we need to be for tournament time Monday? Not quite yet but I think we’re going in the right direction, at least defensively.”
Mississinawa Valley then added to its lead in the fourth inning. After Zach Armstrong led off with a walk and Trent Gilbert singled, Andrew Johns laid down a bunt, and Armstrong beat the throw to third to load the bases.
A walk to Colyn Nelson drove in a run for a 2-0 Blackhawk lead, and Jenkinson hit a sacrifice to bring in another run for a 3-0 lead.
Mississinawa Valley’s biggest scoring charge came in the sixth inning when it scored four runs. The inning began with Gilbert popping up in the infield and Ansonia failing to catch it. Johns then singled and Nelson walked to load the bases.
Jenkinson drove in two runs with a single to make it 5-0, prompting Ansonia to replace Cody Burnfield with Alex Hughes on the mound.
“I thought Cody did a great job on the mound. He threw strikes, and he made them put it in play,” Evers said. “Alex comes in and he does a really nice job to pick him up, trying to kind of cut off the four runs. He’s been a real asset to this team that senior.”
Connor drew a walk then Stump and Dalton Rinderle got back-to-back sac flies to bring in two more runs for a 7-0 Mississinawa Valley win.
“We gave up those four extra runs, and that just killed us,” Evers said. “Gave up a couple extra outs. Leadoff guy pop us up in the infield, and we don’t make a play there, and that led to bases loaded, and they got some runs out of that.”
Stump was the winning pitcher for MV as he pitched the complete game, allowing no runs on two hits, three walks and 11 strikeouts.
“Carson, man,” Evers said. “He’s an all-conference pitcher; that’s for sure. And he’s probably one of the best players in the conference by far hitting, defense, pitching. Hats off to him. I’m not going to be sad to see him leave.”
Burnfield was the losing pitcher as he went five-plus innings, allowing five earned runs and two unearned runs on seven hits, six walks and four strikeouts.
“Their pitcher, Burnfield, he did a nice job tonight, too,” Guillozet said.
Hughes pitched an inning in relief, walking one and striking out one.
For MV Johns went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Jenkinson was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Stump went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Gilbert had a hit and scored a run while Nelson and Rinderle also drove in a run.
Hughes and Trent Rader both had hits for Ansonia.
“Offensively we were very spotty today,” Evers said. “We got production out of a couple guys, and then we’re not stringing them together like we did the other day against Mississinawa when we scored 19 runs. Makes a difference when you hit when the opportunities are there.”
In their four match ups this season, Guillozet said he’s seen a lot of improvement in Ansonia.
“They’re definitely a better team now,” he said. “They’ve gotten better as the year’s gone on. So their coach, Evers, he has to be happy about that.”
The Mississinawa Valley coach thinks his team still has some room for improvement and is hoping this week creates some momentum for the start of next week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament.
“We haven’t played our best baseball yet this year,” Guillozet said. “Hopefully we can get some momentum going into that first tournament game. Hopefully we can get it all together.”