MORRIS — Ottawa's baseball team grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning Saturday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game against Morris.
It didn't take long for the Redskins to answer, and they kept on answering, to the tune of a 15-1, five-inning win.
Patrick McCabe sent Ottawa pitcher Tyler Carson's first pitch of the bottom of the first back through the middle for a single, and Morris (15-4) was on its way. Jacob Overbeck followed with a line single to right, sending courtesy runner Blake Breyman to second, and Danny Borgstrom smoked a line drive to right for a single that scored Breyman and sent Overbeck to third. Michael Metesh walked to load the bases, and Logan Edwards walked to force in Overbeck for a 2-1 lead. Payton Voitik grounded to short for a fielder's choice, scoring Borgstrom. After a walk to Alex Cameron loaded the bases again, Metesh scored on a fielder's choice by Tyler Dunne, and Voitik scored on a wild pitch to give the Redskins a 5-1 lead after one inning.
"Patrick McCabe really set the tone for us," Morris coach Todd Kein said. "He [Carson] is their No. 1 pitcher and Patrick hit the first pitch he saw hard. The rest of the guys took a spark from that and kept it going.
"We had really good approaches at the plate. Our guys were patient, but they attacked when they got the pitch they wanted. That's a sign of maturity at the plate, and it's nice to see."
Staked to a big lead, Morris' Dawson Moore cruised through four innings to improve his record to 7-0. Moore allowed three hits and struck out six. Tyler Dunne pitched the final inning, fanning two and allowing one hit.
"Dawson was capped at 90 pitches today," Kein said. "He threw well again and we were able to take him out after four innings, so we are in good shape for next week."
Kein was alluding to the upcoming NIB 12 East series against Yorkville, which was the favorite to win the conference heading into the season. Currently, Yorkville has two conference losses and Morris has one.
The Morris offense continued to roll, scoring four runs in the second inning and six in the fourth. Borgstrom finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Overbeck was 2 for 2 with an RBI. Both scored three times. McCabe had two hits and an RBI, while Logan Edwards had two hits and two RBIs and Voitik drove in three runs.
"Jacob Overbeck and Logan Edwards are really swinging the bat well," Kein said. "You add that to Danny Borgstrom, and teams have to make a choice of who to go after. We have been putting a lot of guys on base and putting the ball in play with runners on. Good things happen when you do that."