LEBANON, Tenn. – Peyton Wheatley posted four hits with two doubles, LaDarius Williams added three hits with a homer and James Hatcher tossed six shutout innings in his first appearance in a month in Cumberland’s 10-2 victory over Martin Methodist in baseball action Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Phoenix (27-20) conclude the home schedule Wednesday with a 3 p.m. contest versus Reinhardt University.
Hatcher missed exactly a month with an injury but returned in form, giving up three hits with one walk and four strikeouts over six innings. The lefthander tossed just 73 pitches and allowed only one of four baserunners to reach second base, retiring the side in order in the second and sixth innings.
Wheatley doubled in the second and fourth innings and bunted his way on to leadoff the fourth-run sixth inning that broke open a 2-0 contest. He also singled and stole a base in the seventh.
Williams singled and scored the game’s first run in the second inning and his solo homer in the fifth put the Phoenix in front, 2-0. He added a two-run double to cap the four-run sixth inning.
Martin Methodist starter Tristen Carson (2-2) worked in-and-out of trouble in his six innings on the mound, stranding nine runners through five innings, five of those in scoring position. He was undone by a misplayed bunt by Wheatley and an error on MCC first baseman Rob McMasters, who dropped a throw on a sacrifice bunt by Eddie McDaniels that opened the door for the big inning.
The lefthander walked six, struck out seven and allowed six runs, two earned, on eight hits. Brendan Granger and Drew Nipper collected two hits apiece and Trevor McKinley accounted for both RedHawks (27-21) runs with a two-run blast to right in the eighth.
Williams singled to deep right to start the CU second inning and Wheatley doubled into the rightfield corner with two outs. McDaniels walked and a wild pitch allowed Williams to score the game’s first run.
Williams’ line drive solo homer to right with two outs in the fifth made it 2-0 Phoenix, but Cumberland left two runners on base in the first, second, third and fourth innings, missing chances to break the game open early.
Wheatley’s bunt in front of the plate was misplayed between Carson and MMC catcher Jake Johnson to start the sixth and McDaniels reached on a sac bunt when the throw from third baseman Tyler Robb was dropped and got away from McMasters.
Bentley Jones singled through the left side, plating a run, and McDaniels and Jones executed the double steal, with the throw from Johnson sailing into leftfield, allowing McDaniels to come across. Jared Schmidt walked but Carson induced a pair of groundouts and looked to get out of the inning without further damage.
Williams ended that thought with a two-run double to right, extending the CU advantage to 6-0.
Granger singled with one out in the eighth for the RedHawks and McKinley followed with a two-run homer onto Spring Street, his fifth of the year.
Cumberland answered with four more runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with three straight singles by Schmidt, Jose Vera and Pablo Custodio, loading the bases. Kyle Blackwell bounced into a fielder’s choice after Williams struck out, but pinch-hitter Jacob Herrera delivered a bases-clearing double to rightcenter and Daulton Smith followed with an RBI single to center for the final runs of the game for CU.