All of a sudden, the Hermann Bearcats look like a team that can do some damage before this season is finished. They certainly did some during this past weekend’s Linn Tournament.
In taking all three games they played, Head Coach Wayland McKague’s Bearcats took the top prize of the four-team, Round Robin tourney.
Collecting those three wins — over Laquey, Owensville and Linn — brought Hermann to within one win of the .500 mark. The ‘Cats entered Monday afternoon’s game at home against Owensville with a season mark of 7-8.
But before we relish in the three wins of the Linn Tournament, let’s look at what might be a more-significant contest that might prove to be the trigger for a renewed effort by the Bearcats.
Last Thursday, Hermann captured a 2-1 victory over the Sullivan Eagles — the Sullivan Eagles! — in a Four Rivers Conference contest. In recent years, no high school team has taken its baseball more seriously — and shown it on the field — than the Eagles.
Yet here was junior pitcher Chet Moeckli on the mound, crafting a complete-game, 4-hit victory.
The ‘Cats backed up Moeckli’s performance with 9 hits — 2 each from Chase McKague and Sam Holland — and — wait for it — committed only one error. Fielding miscues have been the big bugaboo for the Bearcats this season.
After defeating Laquey 8-2 in last Friday’s opening action, Hermann returned to Linn Saturday morning for the second day of games.
Trent Anderson took to the mound for Hermann in the matchup with Linn. Although his defense showed signs of past performances — committing 5 errors — still it was strong enough to hold up for the 3-1 victory. Anderson worked all 7 innings and gave up only 3 hits to the Wildcats while striking out 4.
Anderson, who was selected as the KLPW Athlete of the Week for last week, helped his own cause by collecting one of Hermann’s hits and driving in 2 of the team’s 3 runs.
In the Owensville game, Cameron Michel was handed the baseball and work a complete game for the 9-4 victory.
In this contest, Anderson went 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in 5 runs. Two of his three hits were doubles.
Michel had a good day offensively, as well as on the mound; he went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a triple.
Hermann had 9 hits against Owensville, which was held to 6 hits.
The ‘Cats posted 4 runs in the 2nd inning and added 2 in the 4th and 2 more in the 5th and put up a final tally in the 6th to solidify the win.