By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
KOSSUTH – Can there be a high school baseball team under the radar at this point on the calendar?
After losing seven starters to graduation from last year’s squad that made the Class 3A championship series, the Kossuth Aggies might have upgraded to a steady blip.
Putting together an all-around effort Saturday night, the Aggies won Game 2 of their 3A quarterfinal series with the Mooreville Troopers 7-3 to advance to the next round.
“This team is relentless,” Kossuth head coach Daniel Threadgill said. “Their backs have been against the wall all season, and we’ve used that.”
Among other things the Aggies used to sweep the Troopers 2-0 and advance to the 3A semifinals next week, was very solid pitching performance in Game 2 by Tyler Mercer. The Kossuth right-hander went the distance, scattering seven hits.
“I thought our pitcher did an exceptional job locating throughout the game,” Threadgill said. “We did put up seven runs, but I thought we left too many on base.”
Both teams pushed across a pair of runs in the first inning, with Kossuth getting RBI hits from Mercer and Connar Boyer. The Aggies added a solo run the second on a wild pitch.
Kossuth gave itself breathing room in the fourth on the strength of a Josh Whitaker two-run home run, and a Boyer sacrifice fly.
Moorevillle tried to respond in the fifth on a Cody Cryder RBI hit. But the Aggies again pushed the margin to four runs in the bottom of the frame on a Matthew Woodruff sac fly.
“Kossuth did a good job with their 1-9 hitters putting the ball in play,” Mooreville head coach Derek Thompson said. “They had two pretty good pitchers on the mound this series.”