The Marionville Comet offense beat up on the Verona Wildcats last Wednesday, racking up 26 runs over four innings to win 26-0 in a run-rule shortened, non-conference game.
Marionville pitcher Earnie Larkin worked around a leadoff hit batsman to retire the next three Wildcats in the top of the first before a two-out rally got the Comets going in the bottom of the inning. Two straight two-out walks put runners on base for Michael Mays, who doubled to bring home the first two runs.
The Wildcats went down in order in the second on a strikeout and a pair of groundouts, and the Comets came to bat again for a big inning.
A leadoff single by Evan Dotson got things started, followed by a Verona error which put ninth-place hitter James Hammods on base and moved Dotson to third. An RBI groundout by leadoff man Cole Brown made it a 3-0 lead, then an infield single by Ryan Mayberry brought home another run.
With two outs, Mays connected on his second two-RBI double of the game to make it 6-0. Mays came around to score on the next play, where another Verona error in the outfield proved costly. An RBI single by Wesley Breedlove, a two-run double by Hammonds and an RBI triple from Brown later, the inning finally came to an end with Marionville leading 11-0.
The Wildcats picked up their first hit of the game in the top of the third, an infield single off the bat of Austin Valdez, but the Verona offense couldn't get a rally going.
Marionville put up five more runs in the bottom of the inning, which included Mays's third double of the game and RBI hits by Hammonds and Mayberry.
In the top of the fourth, the Wildcats put a pair of runners on with two outs via a hit batsman and a walk, but a strikeout ended their best chance at scoring in the offensive struggle.
The Comets, on the other hand, were far from struggling offensively, as they added a 10-run inning in the bottom of the fourth on four hits and five walks.
Trailing 26-0, the Wildcats had one more chance to put a dent in the lead in the top of the fifth, but Verona could only manage to put one runner on via a Marionville error before a pair of strikeouts ended the game.
Hammonds and Mays led the offense with five and four RBI, respectively. Each had three hits and scored four and two runs, respectively. Three Comets ended up with three RBI on the day -- Mayberry, Larkin and pinch-hitter Chris Mayberry. Brown and Wil Ghan each had two RBI, while Breedlove and Emmit Neely added one each.
Larkin, Breedlove, Hammonds and Brown combined for a one-hit shutout, each racking up at least two strikeouts as Larkin earned the win. For Verona, Tyler Johnson took the loss, giving up eight earned runs over two and two-thirds innings and striking out two.
Marionville followed up the big offensive game with an 8-2 win over Skyline before losing 2-0 to Springfield Catholic. They bounced back with a 4-3 win over Spokane, however.
Verona played a close game with College Heights Christian the following day, falling just short in a 2-1 game. The Wildcats will host Galena on Friday and Southwest on Monday.