Keith MacPherson, Sports Editor
MUENSTER — Muenster senior Andy Flusche unloaded on an opposite field three-run home run to break up a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning against Ector on Tuesday.
What a relief that was for Hornet coach Donny Knightstep and all the Hornet faithful.
“It was a lot of relief,” Knightstep said. “It was a nice job by Andy. Ector’s kid on the mound did a heck of a job. Andy was able to make an adjustment at the plate and squared one up.”
Flusche’s bomb, which traveled 30 feet past the right-center field fence, proved to be the difference in what otherwise was a pitching duel in a 4-1 District 15-1A win for the Hornets.
Trevor Hess pitched a complete game while striking out nine batters for Muenster (7-4, 2-0 in district play). The senior was stingy, allowing only one earned run and no walks - though one hit batsman.
“Staying in the strike zone was key,” Knightstep said. “If we had put them on, we would have had a lot of trouble and he didn’t. He didn’t walk anybody - that was the key right there. He made them earn everything they got.”
Hess helped his own cause in the first inning with an RBI triple that drove in Mason Binder, who reached on an error, to put the Hornets up 1-0 early.
Ector pitcher Bradlee Coldiron was stingy on the mound himself. The lefty pitched six innings while striking out 11 batters while not allowing an earned run.
“Lefties give us some trouble - they give everyone problems,” Knightstep said. “He did a great job. He kept the ball down. Finally we kind of went with it and everything was fine.”
Coldiron also provided offense for the Eagles (0-2 in district play). With a runner on second base in the top of the third inning, Coldiron delivered with the second part of back-to-back two-out doubles to tie the game at 1-1.
While Flusche’s blast was the difference, the at bat was set up by a bit of small ball by the Hornets. Austin Hennigan began the inning with a bunt single before Steven Flusche reached on a fielder’s choice on a bunt of his own. Two batters later Hess would reach on a walk to set up the late-game heroics for Andy Flusche.
Hess would finish 1 for 2 with a triple, an RBI and a walk for the Hornets. Trevor Cheaney went 1 for 2 with a stolen base, Andy Flusche was 1 for 3 and Steven Flusche was 1 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base.
Muenster will travel to square off with rival Lindsay at 4:30 p.m. Friday.