Brooks Asher hit a go-ahead, two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and Zach Merrill was solid on the mound for Hastings Five Points Bank in its 6-2 win over Millard South on Friday in the opener of the Johnny Hopp tournament.
Millard South pitcher Calvin Randolph was mowing through Five Points' hitters through the first five innings. Randolph threw just 53 pitches in the first five innings, allowing one run and four hits. All that came to an end in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hastings did its damage.
Jamison Cockrell battled back from an 0-2 count to draw Hastings' first, and only, walk of the game. Alex Panganiban hit a single to left field, bringing Asher to the plate with the tying and go-ahead runs on the base paths.
Asher connected on a single to right field, giving Hastings a 3-2 lead. Merrill singled next, and then Ryan Kern had a two-RBI double giving Hastings a couple more insurance runs. In the sixth inning, Randolph threw 44 pitches, nearly totaling what he had in the first five innings combined.
"We talked about our approach at the plate and how we were settling," Hastings Five Points Coach Russ Kindig said. "He wasn't throwing real hard, but he was throwing strikes, and we settled a little bit. We talked about changing our approach and to wait for the right pitch to hit."