Mount Airy pounded Bishop McGuinness at the plate and starter Jon Cagle was sharp on the hill in a 10-0, five-inning victory over the Villains in baseball on Tuesday.
With the win, the Bears improved to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the Northwest 1A Conference.
After three straight one-run losses, Mount Airy’s bats have come alive. The Bears finished with 11 hits for this game after whipping Atkins 12-2.
“Our offense is getting better,” coach Jon Cawley of Mount Airy said. “We squared off on some baseballs tonight. They are learning proper approaches at the plate.”
Mount Airy got things started with a three-run first inning.
Kenny Overfelt was hit by a pitch, and Cagle hit a one-out single. Logan Holder had a bunt single and Overfelt would put the Bears on the board when he scored on an error. Wes Bumgardner smashed a two-RBI single to make it 3-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Mitchell Brown reached on a catcher interference call and then Corbin Welch reached on an error. Overfelt singled and then Cagle smashed a two-RBI single up the middle. Mount Airy pushed another run across on a Villains’ error to put the home team up 7-0.
Meanwhile, Cagle kept the Villains off balance. In five innings, the senior hurler allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight for the shutout win.
Bishop, who beat Walkertown 3-1 last week, fell to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
“(Jon) is the best I’ve gotten to coach,” Cawley said. “He’s a very cerebral player. He knows what he wants to do. A lot of times the biggest thing for me is trying to get on the same page with him. When he’s on and he’s in a rhythm, he’s dominant.”
After Bishop’s pitcher gave up a leadoff single to Bumgardner in the third, he hit two straight batters (David Sparger and Clay Welch). The Villains switched pitchers but fared little better. Andrew Moore was hit by a pitch and Brown came up with an RBI sac fly. Corbin Welch drove in two more runs for Mount Airy to put the Bears up 9-0.
Corbin Welch drove in Brown in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.