FREMONT, Neb. | The Morningside baseball team kept its GPAC tournament hopes alive.
Facing an elimination game against Dakota Wesleyan (18-31), the Mustangs found their offense in bunches to pull out a 17-11 slugfest here Friday to complete the day 1-1. Morningside faces Midland at noon Saturday in the title game of the Midland Bracket.
The Warriors beat the Mustangs in the first game of the day before Morningside rebounded. Against the Tigers, Morningside (35-21) found itself down 8-6 going to the top of the sixth when it put eight runs on the board.
Nate DeChaine had a two-run single, Blake Rodgers had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Blake Meacham had a two-run homer for the key hits in the frame.
Meacham went 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and four runs scored, Jacob Lamoreux had three hits and DeChaine and Rodgers both drove in three.
The Mustangs used six pitchers with J.L. Tourville, Cameron Wagner and Jordan Barr working the final 3.2 innings and allowing just one run on two hits while striking out nine.
Against Midland, Rodgers pulled the Mustangs within one run with one swing of his bat. Morningside trailed 5-0 going into the bottom of the eighth when Rodgers launched a grand slam off his bat to close the gap to 5-4.
The Mustangs were unable to get anything going in the ninth inning as they went down 1-2-3 to end the game.
Midland, the top seed in the bracket, had a 2-0 lead going to the sixth when it tacked on three more runs. Tanner Bos opened the sixth with a solo home run to left. Justin Trevino followed with a single and scored on Colby Taylor's double. Taylor would score the final run on a Bryan Smith hit.
Nate DeChaine and Blake Meacham both had two hits apiece for the Mustangs.
Midland pounded out 14 hits in the game with 11 coming off of starter Richard Mitchell.