Nick Mattly slides safely into 3rd base against Murray. Photo by Jason Selby
With Trent Moore out temporarily, Chey Homann was forced into his first start of the season, and it was a memorable one. The junior lefty threw 5 shutout innings, striking out six for his first win, as the Falcons beat down Murray 10-0 to move to 8-1.
“Chey didn't disappoint,” Head Coach Denver Walker said. “I think he had a few nerves going in the first when he walked the lead-off batter and then balked him to second, but he got out of it and settled in after that, throwing 5 innings of two hit ball. Chey slotted into Trent Moore's spot in the rotation after he went down over the weekend with a sprained ankle, but we're hoping to have him back in the lineup by the end of the week.”
With Homann moving into the rotation, Nick Mattly also stepped up, taking a spot in the batting order and going 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI.
Chey Homann hurled a shutout in his first start of the season. Photo by Jason Selby
“We did a pretty good job with the bats, and I really liked our patience and two strike approaches,” Walker said. “Kenton [Lain] moved up into the fourth spot in the lineup and delivered with 2 doubles and 4 big RBI.”
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Dillon Lain stepped to the plate batting .600 and with a chance to put the game away. He was promptly plunked with the first pitch thrown at him. But down 2 strikes, Kenton Lain made the Mustangs pay, nearly knocking one over the fence and settling for a double that scored 2 runs.
Blayde Baker hit the other double for the Falcons. C.D. Kunzie had a hit and stole a base with 2 runs. Cade Christian notched 2 RBI with a hit, and Trevor Wilson scored 3 runs, walked twice, with a hit, a stolen base and an RBI.
Next up is tonight’s game at home with 15-4 Martensdale-St. Mary’s. Wayne is embracing the underdog role, with the winner emerging as the first place team in the Pride of Iowa conference.
“Tuesday will be a good challenge for us, as Martensdale-St. Mary's comes to town,” Walker said. “They are undefeated in the conference so far, but are coming off of back-to-back losses against non-conference opponents. I think the guys have finally convinced themselves that they can win all the games that we should win, but this will be a big test to see if we can get a really good win as an underdog. I have always liked being in that spot, because that means all the pressure is on the other team. Sometimes the underdog is overlooked, and that makes it all that much sweeter when you get that win.”