As the Muenster Hornets embark on another playoff run, they had to weed through some of the lesser teams before matching up with a stiff opponent in the area round.
Muenster destroyed Moody 14-0 and 14-1 to advance and earn a date with Valley View, which dispatched Sam Rayburn 6-3 in the opening round.
Danny Luttmer led the charge for the Hornets in more than one way in Game 1. Luttmer pitched six innings and yielded just one hit and no earned runs with 12 strikeouts. He also led the team in RBIs with three along with two hits and a run scored.
“Moody just had weird deliveries that you don’t see a lot of times and I thought I thought they were kind of difficult to hit just in that aspect,” Muenster head coach Josh Wheeler said. “But we gave up one hit in the series. We gave up a run because we allowed a stolen base and an error. Luttmer has been really good. I mean I think he’s walked six people all year.”
Lane Trubenbach also had two RBIs with a double, walk and three runs scored. Garrett Bindel had two RBIs with two hits, two runs scored and a walk.
Jonathan Wheeler and Parker McGrew each had an RBI, two walks and a single apiece. Wheeler also had a team-high three runs scored.
Reagan Johnson, Bryson Culwell, Trey McTaggart and Trent Anderle all added an RBI and a run scored apiece.
Much like Luttmer did in Game 1, McGrew did so in game 2 on the mound and from behind the plate.
McGrew threw a no-hitter and allowed just one earned run with seven strikeouts. McGrew also had two RBIs with a walk, single and run scored.
McTaggart led the team with three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.
Culwell also had two RBIs, two hits and two runs scored while Bindel and Johnson each scored three runs apiece.
Muenster will face Valley View at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Bowie. Game 2 will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in Bowie and if necessary, Game 3 will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
“Valley View is solid,” Wheeler said. “I think we hit it better than they do. I think they’re fast and they’re athletic and they get back on track a lot. They’re definitely better than they were last year, no doubt about it. If you look at it, I think we’re better but I’ve seen us walk 12 and have five errors.”
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