The teams traded scoreless fourth innings, and Walk continued pitching well, shutting down Altamont in the fifth.
“Riley had another solid game,” Kerner said. “We kind of jumbled our rotation a bit before this game to get Riley to pitch against these guys, because Altamont’s a solid team.”
Kenton Albin led off the fifth with a single, and Tim Yurs and Monroe followed that with singles of their own. Moore grabbed another RBI with a single to right, before Kaleb Hankins got the next two batters out.
But Romack ended the game via the mercy rule with his grand slam, shutting the door on an 11-1 win.
Walk struck out four batters, walked two and allowed two hits in five innings. Dokey said his team was not aggressive enough against the righty.
“We took too many pitches,” he said. “I’m a firm believer, first pitch, if you can hit it, hit it. (If) you like it, you’ve got to be hacking at it.”
Borders took the loss, pitching three innings and allowing six runs. He yielded five hits, struck out eight and walked one.
Walk went 1-for-4 at the plate with the homer and three RBI. Romack was 1-for-2 with the grand slam and a walk. But Kerner thought the key was Moore, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs and two big RBI.
“Trevor Moore had two huge hits for us,” he said. “They scored, and he came up with a big hit. We were able to get it right back.”
Austin Scholes and Garrett Zielger had the lone Altamont hits.
Altamont (3-2) heads to Vandalia at 4:15 p.m. today, while Neoga (8-2) travels to Okaw Valley at 4 p.m.
Neoga 11, Altamont 1 (F/5)
Altamont 001 00 1 2 1
Neoga 231 05 11 9 0
WP - R. Walk LP - Borders
Altamont: Ziegler (1B), Scholes (1B)
Neoga: Monroe (1-1, 3 R, 2 BB), Moore (2-3, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB), Walk (1-4, HR, 3 RBI), M. Baker (2-4, RBI), Romack (1-2, HR, 4 RBI, BB), Albin (2-2, 2 R), Yurs (1-3, R)