COLUMBIA — From his performance Wednesday, it was hard to tell Hickman pitcher Drew Mitrisin’s arm felt tired.
On only three days rest, Mitrisin led the Kewpies to a 6-4 defeat of rival host Rock Bridge.
“He is really starting to emerge as being a really tough pitcher,” Hickman coach Dave Wilson said. Mitrisin, who gave up six hits and just two walks in five innings, improved to 3-0.
Wilson told his team before the game it would be important to get a couple runs across the plate early.
“What happens, is you have a lot of nerves early on in a ball game,” Wilson said. “I thought that if we could get off to a good start and put them in a hole that they would tighten up and our guys would relax.”
The Kewpies (6-2) scored six runs in the first three innings. Wilson said that getting timely hitting was the biggest problem for last year’s team and if this year’s Kewpies want to win a district championship, they will have to string runs together.
Although the Bruins gave up six runs early, they were in the game until the final inning.
Rock Bridge (4-5) got the tying run on second base in the top of the sixth, but with two out, Hickman reliver James Hudelson got Rock Bridge senior Darren Lasley to ground out to second baseman Brandt Frye. Hudelson earned the save, striking out three batters in two innings pitched.
Senior first baseman Austin Bussell led the Bruins with two hits and an RBI. Frye, a senior, and catcher Thad McVeigh led the Kewpies’ offensive attack with two hits apiece.
The Kewpies’ next game will be at 5 p.m. on April 15th at Hickman High School against Jefferson City. The Bruins play next at 6:45 Friday night at the Springfield Invitational against Springfield Kickapoo.