JEFFERSON CITY – Friday was a different story at Legion Field for the Hickman baseball team.
On Wednesday, the Kewpies lost to Helias on the final play of the game.
But on Friday in the Capital City Invitational at Legion Field, Hickman (5-6) took down both Fatima and Eureka.
In the first game of the invitational, Kewpie sophomore Cody Polton pitched a complete-game shutout. He struck out four batters on the way to a 2-0 victory over Fatima.
Polton said he was proud with how he hit his spots and credited catcher Colby Fitch with helping him pitch well.
The Hickman bats got going in the second game for a 9-3 win over Eureka. Every starter reached base at least once. Fitch reached base all four of his at-bats.
After getting down 3-1, Hickman hammered Eureka for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Every Kewpie batted that inning, and six batters in a row scored runs.
The Kewpies added insurance runs in the following innings to stretch their lead to six while keeping Eureka in check.
Hickman freshman pitcher Anthony Hansen had a tough start to Game 2, walking the first batter of the game on the way to giving up two runs in the first inning. But he settled down to pitch well and only gave up one run the rest of the game.
Junior Sami Baugher relieved Hansen and didn't allow a run.
In addition to his solid outing on the mound, Baugher drove in two runs and scored a run during the fourth-inning rally.
Hickman will try to continue its Capital City Invitational success against Rockhurst at 9 a.m. Saturday at Legion Field.
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