The North Central Missouri College baseball team captured back-to-back victories over the Hannibal-LaGrange JV on Thursday afternoon.
A nine-run explosion in the fifth inning carried the Pirates to a 17-6 win in five innings in the opener. Cezan Refaela racked up seven RBI's on four hits for North Central. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the third and fourth innings, and homered in the fifth.
Ethan Pogue worked out of jams throughout 1 2/3 innings for NCMC, allowing no earned runs and no hits. Cody Wade got the win for the Pirates, allowing five runs in three innings of work. The Pirates blew open the game in the fourth inning, scoring six runs on a three-run double by Rafaela and two singles.
In game two, the Pirates jumped out to an early lead, scoring nine runs in the first three innings of a 19-3 victory. Derek Taylor had an RBI single and Alex Ludwick a two-run single in the second inning for NCMC. Michael Babbitt cracked a home run in the top of the fifth inning.
On the pitching bump, Temesh Lourens had an impressive outing, holding Hannibal-LaGrange hitless over three innings, allowing no earned runs, walking three, and striking out one. For the Pirates offense, six hitters combined for nine hits, 14 RBI's, and 13 runs scored. NCMC had a nine-run burst in the top of the fourth innings. The inning was ignited by a two-run single off the bat of A.J. Salinas.
On Saturday, North Central is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. Saturday's starting pitchers will be Caleb Bounds (1-1) and Trenton Troyer (0-1). Jefferson College will visit Trenton on Sunday as Pirates host their first HOME games of the season at Burleigh Grimes Field. The Region 16 doubleheader will start at 1 o'clock. The Pirates, through 17 games, all on the road, have a season record of 8-9. Sunday's starting pitchers for the Pirates will be 2-1 Anthony Caenepeel and 0-3 Jason Luster. Caenepeel, in his last start on Tuesday afternoon at Highland (Kansas) Community College, shutout the Scotties and allowed only two hits.