Haustyn Forney put together a three-hit night and the Strategic Legacy Advisors Junior Reds jumped all over Pierce early and won a mercy rule-shortened five-inning contest on the road Wednesday night in a 13-1 final.
The Reds plated 10 runs in the first three innings, needed just eight hits for the game and walked eight times while winning their second straight and improving to 8-2 on the season.
Forney reached base three times, starting with a walk in the first and three straight singles in the second, third and fourth. He, Adam Van Cleave and Sam Kwapnioski each scored three runs apiece.
"We hit the ball real well. Otherwise, they'd walk us and we'd steal second, steal third, and that's our game," coach Travis Tessendorf said. "We get Brody Mickey on or Adam Van Cleave on or Cooper Tessendorf on and let them run. That's pretty much what happened."
SLA stole a total of 14 bases in the game.
The Seniors sent seven to the plate in the first and scored three times without needing a hit. Three straight one-out walks followed by a sacrifice fly, error at third, error by the catcher and another walk plated the three first-inning runs.
Lakeview stole five bases in just the first inning alone.
It was 12 hitters and seven runs that put it away in the second. It took six hitters before Pierce recorded an out.
Logan Jaixen started it with a leadoff single, stole second then came home on an error by the pitcher. Lundstrom walked, also stole second then scored on a double by Brody Mickey.
Van Cleave reached on an error at second, Mickey was awarded home on a balk, Forney drove in Van Cleave with a single to left then Sam Kwapnioski walked, loading the bases.
Cooper Tessendorf's one-out fielder's choice scored Forney followed by a run on an error at short scoring Kwapnioski and an error by the pitcher scoring Tessendorf.
The leadoff single then three straight walks gave the hosts their only run in the bottom half. Pierce threatened again in the fourth and had the bases loaded with one down before Lundstrom struck out a hitter and induced a ground ball.
Lakeview completed the scoring with runs by Van Cleave, Forney and Kwapnioski in the third. Van Cleave led off with a walk followed by Forney's single and a walk to Kwapnioski.
Oakley's single scored one followed by RBIs from Eli Osten and Jacob Wagoner.
"We try and get the pitch count up. Our guys at the top of the order walk a lot, foul a lot of pitches off and try to get deep in the count. That gives our bigger hitters the chance to drive the ball," Travis Tessendorf said.
"Their pitcher was at 88 pitches in the second inning. We foul a lot of balls of, we steal, we fake steal and we bunt because we have to. We don't have a lot of guys that are going to blast home runs."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.