MORRIS — There were very few things for Morris baseball coach Todd Kein to find fault with Tuesday in the Redskins' 10-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 win over Sycamore. And that's fine with Kein.
"We played a good game today," he said. "Jacob Overbeck thew a very good game, we hit well up and down the lineup and our defense was solid."
The Redskins even had a bit of a good luck charm with them, as Lucas Munsell had won a Redskin Player of the Game pass in a drawing at the ICS October Fest. Munsell, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at ICS, threw out the first pitch and then served as the Morris batboy for the game.
After Morris collected 12 hits and 10 runs, Munsell just may find himself with a full-time gig.
"I asked him what time he can get to our bus so he can go with us to Sycamore on Thursday," Kein joked.
The Redskins (13-4, 4-1) wasted little time gaining the upper hand. After Overbeck needed just nine pitches to retire the side in the top of the first, the Redskins jumped on Sycamore starter Jacob Pottorff in the bottom half. Patrick McCabe and Overbeck each singled and, two outs later, Tyler Dunne singled to score courtesy runner Blake Breyman. Payton Voitik followed with a triple to center that brought home courtesy runner Chatten Dryfhout and Dunne for a 3-0 lead.
Sycamore cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third on an RBI single by Zach Carlsen, but Overbeck got out of a first and third, one-out situation by striking out the next two batters.
Morris answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Voitik reached on a throwing error to start the inning, and Alex Cameron bunted him to second. Logan Edwards then fouled off three straight pitches with a full count before lining a single to right that scored Voitik for a 4-1 lead.
The Redskins broke it open with four in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Cameron hit a grounder to short that was booted, sending two runs home. Edwards then hit a single to right that got lost in the sun, scoring two more. In the bottom of the sixth, Michael Metesh delivered an RBI single, and another run scored on an error on a ball hit by Voitik.
Overbeck continued to cruise on the mound, finishing with a complete game. He allowed six hits and struck out eight.
"Jake took the mound with a little bit of an attitude today," Kein said. "He knows what conference games are like. It was nice to give him some support, and some of that was his own. He has really matured as a hitter and it has been nice to see.
"We had good at-bats up and down the lineup. Logan Edwards had a couple that come to mind, fouling off pitches and getting one he could handle. We know it's not easy to beat a team three times, so we have to come ready to play at their place Thursday."