DIETERICH -- Altamont entered Friday's game at Dieterich riding a six-game winning streak, and the Indians showed no signs of slowing down against the Movin' Maroons.
Using innings of five and six runs, Altamont outpaced its opposition for an 11-1 win that was called after six innings for the run-rule."They're all feeding off each other," Indians coach Mike Dokey said. "The way we are hitting the ball, it's all coming together."After being held scoreless through the first two frames, Altamont scored a handful in the third to build a sizable lead. Klaiton Wolff reached first on a dropped strikeout, Garrett Ziegler was walked by Dieterich starter Brandon Westjohn and Aaron Goeckner laid a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.Westjohn walked Clayton Ruckman and hit Austin Finn in the next two Altamont at-bats, allowing two easy runners to score."We were fishing at the bottom of the barrel," Dieterich coach Jamie VanScyoc said. "We've played a lot of games this week. But that's no excuse."Goeckner was called out at home attempting to score on a wild pitch, but Jon Kuhns more than made up for the result two batters later.Having already tacked on two, Kuhns stepped into the batter's box following a pop fly from teammate Austin Scholes and hammered a shot deep over the left-field wall, scoring three to give the Indians a 5-0 lead."Jon's been hitting the ball," Dokey said. "He's hitting it well over .600. He's locked in, in the zone, and everyone feeds off that."Dieterich was held hitless by Altamont's Kaleb Hankins through the first four innings, but the Movin' Maroons finally broke through in the fifth. Trentoe Poe singled to center, and Alex Bohnhoff ripped an RBI single to center field three batters later to score Poe and get Dieterich on the board. But that was as close as the Maroons would come.Altamont broke the game wide open in the sixth, scoring six runs off six hits. Ziegler, Goeckner and Ruckman hit back-to-back-to-back doubles in the middle of the inning, and Kuhns added another to give the Indians four extra base hits in the frame. Kuhns' RBI double down the left field line scored Austin Finn, and Altamont led 11-1."I said, 'Go up there and swing, look for that first pitch fastball,'" Dokey said. "They were looking for pitches to hit, they're all pitching in and doing their job."None more so than Hankins, who notched a complete-game win with his ten strikeout performance. Hankins finished with seven walks on the afternoon, but he was particularly effective when it mattered most; keeping Dieterich off the scoreboard."He's throwing the ball real well," Dokey said. "He stabbed his hand and had stiches. This was his first game back after that."With their seventh consecutive win in hand, Altamont moved to 12-3 on the season.Brandon Westjohn picked up the loss for Dieterich, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing five earned runs. The Maroons fell to 5-8 following the loss.Braden Layer can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Altamont: Ziegler (2B, 2 RBI); Goeckner (1B, 2B, 2 RBI); Ruckman (2B, RBI); Finn (2 1B); Scholes (1B, RBI); Kuhns (1B, 2B, 3 R HR, 4 RBI); Borders (1B); Wolff (1B).Dieterich: A. Bohnhoff (1B, RBI); Poe (1B).