GROVE — Breaking out to a 10-0 lead in the first inning, Miami rolled to a 14-1 victory over Collinsville Friday in their second game of the Grove Festival.
The Wardogs sent 15 batters to the plate during the marathon inning, which saw them collect seven of their 10 hits in the game.
“They (the Cardinals) have a good program, so we knew going in we would have to be on top of our game,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “We put some pressure on them and they made some errors early that opened things up for us.”
Michael Anderson, Grant Longcrier and Brett Abell reached on consecutive errors, then Nick Henson and Jordan Simons singled, opening the floodgates for the Wardogs.
Nick Jones and Keaton Blevins were retired, then Josh White tripled. James Pickens and Anderson were hit by a pitch. Longcrier singled then Abell delivered the backbreaker, a three-run triple.
Henson got another single and Jordan Simons walked before Jones struck out to end the inning.
“We hit all through the lineup,” Mercer said. “I was happy with that. In the past, we’ve had had two or three guys who have kinda struggled. Right now, we are hitting 1 through 9 pretty good.”
Another two errors helped the Wardogs pushed across another four runs in the second inning.
Anderson, Abell and Henson all had singles while Pickens walked.
The Dogs stranded two runners in the bottom of the fourth.
Andrew Allen struck out two and walked four while limiting Collinsville to three hits.
“Andrew gave us five really good innings,” Mercer said.
The Cardinals’ lone run came in the second on an error, walk and fielder’s choice.
Collinsville had only four runners the rest of the way, getting a runner to second base just once.
Miami, working on a five-game winning streak, entertains Vinita Monday in a Verdigris Valley Conference varsity-JV twinbill.
Games against Fairland Saturday were wiped out by a wet field.
“I don’t think we’re going to get any sun and there wasn’t any wind to dry it out,” Mercer said Saturday morning.