Senior Night brought out the beast in third baseman Michael Ligon, who collected 7 RBI's on a three run homer and a grand slam in the first game of a conference double-header against Bowling Green on Wednesday, May 1. The Indians would fall 9-8 despite a late four run rally. Later that night they would come up short against Wright City 6-1 in their second game of the evening.
For an athlete playing a game on a milestone day can be very special. For the Elsberry Indians Seniors, that milestone day was May 1 at home against Bowling Green. It was Senior Night and despite a 9-8 loss, one senior went out with a bang.
Senior Third Baseman Michael Ligon showed why he has been in the clean-up spot for Head Coach Shannon Wells this year with a 4-4 night at the plate that included a three-run home run and a grand slam. The power surge collected 7 RBI’s for Ligon.
Jay Ogden and parents Curtis and Jeanne Ogden
“Michael had a great game at the plate against Bowling Green,” said Wells. “It was a good way for him to put a cap on Senior Night.”
While Ligon led the offense, the Indians defense became there Achilles Heal.
“Errors came back to haunt us in the first game. Had we not had a couple errors we would have ended up winning the game,” said Wells.
The Indians did however battle back as they went into the bottom of the seventh inning down by five. Elsberry put four on the board but still came up short 9-8.
Kyle Bange and parents John Bange and Heather Privett
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H
Bowling Green 3 0 1 2 1 2 0 9 13
Elsberry 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 8 8
Offense: Dylan Howard (1-3, 2R, 1RBI); Michael Ligon (4-4, 2HR, 7RBI); Alex Henke (1-2, 1R).
Missed opportunities was the way Coach Wells explained a 6-1 loss to Wright City in the night-cap on May 1.
“We did not do as well as we had hoped,” said Wells. “We let one get away by losing to Bowling Green. Wright City played well and had good pitching, but we missed opportunities in this game as well.”
Offensively the Indians picked up their only run in the seventh inning. They had two hits, one from Howard and the other
Kyle Eisenbath and parents Steve and Diane Eisenbath and not pictured Wendy Eisenbath.
from Matt Henry.
Lefty Josh Phillips took the mound for the Indians against Wright City. He allowed only five runs (two earned) on five hits. He had three strikeouts and three walks.
“I thought Josh Phillips did a great job pitching against a good Wright City team,” said Wells. “He really shut their bats down, we just didn’t have much run support during this game.”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H
Elsberry 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
WRIGHT CITY 0 0 1 0 2 4 x 6 6
LP: Josh Phillips (5 innings, 5 runs, 2 earned, 3SO, 3BB)
Chris Hency and parents Dave Hency and Rhonda Hubbard
Offense: Dylan Howard (1-3, 1R, 1SB); Matt Henry (1-2).
The Indians will head into District play the number two seeded team. They will get a first round bye and will play the winner of the Clopton/Van-Far game on Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at Clopton High School.
When asked about how he thought his team would do a Districts, Coach Wells said, “I think we have a good chance to do well at Districts, but we will have to have a better defensive performance to win.”