“He was consistent with his fastball on the outside corner, and his curve was working well today,” said Houzenga, Morrison’s catcher.
Helped by a pair of double-play grounders, Fischbach never faced more than four batters in an inning through the first four. Only a bout with wildness prevented him, and the Mustangs, from ending the game in five innings.
Dalton Peterson opened the bottom of the fifth with an infield single and advanced twice on wild pitches. A walk to Nolan Milroy put runners on the corners, then Fischbach threw a pitch that struck out Grady Todd but got far enough away from Houzenga to let Milroy take second. Another wild pitch allowed Peterson to score and Milroy to take third, then Milroy scored on Garza’s sacrifice fly.
“He said he was going to try submarining, and it didn’t work out,” Houzenga said.
Fischbach faced just seven more batters, striking out four of them and getting help from right fielder Mason Sitzmore and second baseman Volckmann as they threw out Ian Wirt trying to stretch a pinch-hit single into a double in the seventh.
The Mustangs play another game in the three-day event at the minor-league ballpark today. They take on Kewanee at 4 p.m.
“It’s a lot of fun playing here,” Houzenga said. “It feels good that they let us play here on a bigger field.”
MORRISON 12, RIVERDALE 3
Morrison 151 130 1 — 12 14 0
Riverdale 100 020 0 — 3 5 1
Alex Fischbach (7 ip, 5 h, 3 r, 3 er, 2 bb, 7 so) and Triston Houzenga; Jared Richmond (1 1/3 ip, 4 h, 6 r, 5 er, 2 bb, 1 so), Dalton Peterson (3 ip, 7 h, 5 r, 5 er, 6 bb, 3 so), Nathan Rocker (2 2/3 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 0 bb, 3 so) and Grady Todd. Multiple hits — Morrison (Alex Volckmann 3, Danny Willis 2, Connor Duncan 2, Bill Lee Greul 2). 2B — Morrison (Andrew Connelly, Duncan). 3B — Riverdale (Ruben Garza). RBIs — Morrison (Willis, Fischbach, Connelly 3, Duncan 2, Houzenga 2); Riverdale (Josh Lohman, Garza).