ELDON — A six-run second inning is all it took for the Russellville Indians, who defeated the Eldon Mustangs 12-2 in a nine-inning game Tuesday.
The first nine batters reached base in the second inning for Russellville, and 11 batters went to the plate in that half-inning. Landen Waggoner started the scoring with an RBI single, while Landon Plochberger drew a bases-loaded walk to extend the Indians' lead to 2-0.
The third run scored on a fielder's choice, then Chandler Miller followed with an RBI single. Jake Schulte added a two-run single to give Russellville a 6-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the top of the sixth inning, when Russellville's Nolan Schroer hit an RBI single to score Schulte. The Indians added two runs in the seventh with an error and a fielder's choice to increase their lead to 9-0.
Russellville plated three more runs in the eighth. Two runs scored on two errors, then Jesse Daniel's groundout scored Isaiah Kauffman to put the Indians in front 12-0.
Russellville had five pitchers combine for eight shutout innings to start the game. Eldon scored both its runs in the bottom of the ninth with a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Plochberger started on the mound for the Indians, striking out seven batters in three innings. Logan Cinotto, Trenton Morrow and Brennen Stinson followed with shutout innings, as Cinotto and Stinson each struck out two batters.
Schroer struck out four batters while pitching the seventh and eighth innings. Waggoner threw the ninth, recording all three outs via strikeout.
Russellville (3-0) finished with 16 hits, all singles. Kauffman, Schulte and Waggoner each tallied three hits, while Schulte also had a team-high three RBI. Schroer also had two hits.