Not many are managing to get hits off of Seneca pitcher Colt Webber, and even fewer are finding ways to get Indians slugger Payton Rawlins out at the plate. That combination led to the Indians’ fourth win of the season on Thursday as they downed Monett 5-2 at the Monett Tournament.
Webber was a force on the mound as he worked his mid-80’s fastball and offspeed stuff to strike out 14 Cubs while pitching a two-hitter with three walks and two runs allowed. Webber breezed through the first six innings without allowing a run on just 70 pitches, before emptying the tank in the seventh. Regardless of his wobble in the seventh, it still made for a fantastic night on the bump.
And Rawlins? He went 2 for 2 at the dish with three RBIs, including an RBI triple in the first inning, to raise his batting average to a convincing .857 through the first five games of the season.
No wonder the Indians are now 4-1 overall.
“The kids did a great job tonight,” Indians coach Chris Yust said. “Especially Colton on the mound, and at the plate we really had some good at-bats and did a good job.”
Cade Cornett also had two hits at the dish for the Indians, while Dalan Merriman and Kyler Ng rounded out Seneca’s six-hit attack with one apiece.
The Indians plated single runs in the first and third innings, before breaking loose with three in the fifth.
On Wednesday, three big innings propelled the Indians to their third victory of the season after some last minute shuffling saw them playing at home for the first time this season.
Due to poor field conditions in Monett, Seneca hosted the tournament on Wednesday, and the Indians benefited from the home field advantage as they downed East Newton, 13-1, in five innings.
The Indians plated three runs in each of the first and second innings, before tacking on seven in the fourth. Webber clubbed a two-run homer for the Indians in the second to lead their 13-hit attack, while Cornett had three hits and two RBIs, Marty Mailes added two hits and three RBIs, Rawlins and Merriman each had two hits, including a double apiece, and Cole Lankford, Ng and Brayden Larson each had a hit.
Rawlins, meanwhile, was dominant on the hill for the Indians as he went the distance and allowed two hits, one run and seven strikeouts.
“It’s always nice t get out there and be able to play,” Yust said. “We had a lot of quality at-bats up and down the lineup, and got out there and did what we needed to do. It was a good overall win.”
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The Indians host Wyandotte at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.