Everyone in the Duke starting lineup had at least one hit and one RBI as the Duke offense erupted for 23 hits and scored 20 runs Monday afternoon versus the inexperienced and winless Oberlin Phoenix. The game was shortened to five innings.
Tyler Moore and Drew Unangst led the way offensively, going four for four at the plate and each driving in 4 RBI. Unangst extended his consecutive game hitting streak to eight and Moore reached base for the seventh straight game. Cam Brinker, Jacob Evans, and Josh Higgins each had three hits.
The Dukes put the game away early, scoring seven times in the first inning and adding 11 in the second. Wellington sent 11 batters to the plate in the first and banged out seven hits with the big blow being a two-run double from Evans.
In the second inning, the Dukes batted around twice with 23 going to the plate. Three batters went to the plate three times. Amazingly, all 11 runs were scored after Oberlin retired the first two batters. The next 12 Dukes had hits with triples from Brinker and Sasack and a double from Evans.
Senior Brayden Cole picked up his first win of the season, throwing a shutout. He fanned eight, gave up just two hits and did not walk anyone. More importantly, Cole’s strong outing allowed Coach Dan Davison to save his more experienced pitchers for big league games at second place Columbia Tuesday afternoon and at home to league-leading Firelands on Thursday.
The Dukes are now 12-5 on the season and 6-4 in Lorain County League play. Columbia fell to Black River Monday, 8-0, and are 6-3 in the LC8, 9-5 overall. The Dukes fell to Columbia earlier this month 10-3.