SISTERS — Last season, Sisters put together a school-record 21-game winning streak en route to a second straight Class 4A Sky-Em League baseball title and a state quarterfinal appearance.
In 2013, the Outlaws are on pace to challenge not only the streak but their program-record 24 wins from a season ago.
On Monday, Sisters put up five runs in the bottom of the third inning and five more in the fourth before scoring one run in the fifth to take its Sky-Em matchup against Elmira 11-1 in five innings, running the Outlaws winning streak to 16 with six games left in the regular season.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect we’d have this record right now (after) losing our No. 1 pitcher,” Sisters coach Steve Hodges said, referencing his first-team all-state hurler Shane Groth, who graduated last spring. “It’s a surprise to me. We always talk about getting better and improving all facets of the game, and our record reflects our hard work and improvement.”
That record improved to 18-2 overall and a perfect 11-0 in Sky-Em play after the Outlaws’ win against Elmira, during which Justin Harrer threw four innings of one-hit ball while holding the Falcons (10-9 overall, 7-4 Sky-Em) to just one hit.
Joey Morgan led the way offensively for Sisters, going 3-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in. Jardon Weems went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Ryan Pollard, seeing his first at-bats of the season after coming back from a wrist injury, was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
“I think we’re playing better defensive baseball in the latter half of the season,” Hodges said. “That’s what’s noticeable. We’ve had a number of games with 10-plus hits. Those two areas, and I have to say our pitchers don’t walk many people. That’s what we did last year, too.”