Special to the Journal
MOOREVILLE – Division 1-3A promised to be very competitive in baseball going into the 2014 season.
With just over two weeks left in the regular season, it might be nastier than that.
Both the Mooreville Troopers and Kossuth Aggies were trying to climb into a playoff spot, and on Thursday, the Troopers got a leg up on their situation, edging the Aggies 7-5.
“This was a must win for us just trying to keep our playoff shot alive,” Mooreville head coach Derek Thompson said. “We put the ball in a senior’s hands on the mound, and in only his second start of the season, he came through.”
That senior for the Troopers (12-8, 2-4) was John Peugh, who pitched into the seventh inning while scattering three hits.
The Mooreville offense did its part with a patient approach at the plate. The Troopers got on the board in the second inning with three hits and three walks, including an RBI single by Peyton Boren.
Mooreville added a run in the fourth on and RBI ground out by Ben Seay. Then in the fifth, Mooreville padded its margin with three runs, aided by an RBI hit by Boren and a sacrifice fly by Jacob Benefield.
Kossuth hurlers helped Mooreville by walking eight and hitting five batters.
“This division is s tough, especially with the three of four teams in the middle,” Kossuth first-year head coach Trave Hopkins said.
“It’s nasty in this division.”
The Aggies (9-9, 2-4)entered the top of the seventh trailing 7-2, but Wilcher gave the final inning a bit more drama with a three-run home run, but it was not enough.