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Eight-run third inning pushes Morton past Addison Trail

ADDISON – Morton hasn't always been a strong hitting team this season, but the Mustangs put on a good show Saturday at Addison Trail.

The Mustangs racked up 14 hits, half of which came in an eight-run third inning, to beat the host Blazers 11-8 in the second game of a West Suburban Gold series.

"We're starting to swing the bats better," Morton coach Mike Casey said. "Abdiel Armenta got a chance to come into the game today. He hasn't usually started and he was 3-for-4."

In addition to Armenta, Nicholas Campanile and Alex Paez had three hits each.

The Blazers (4-16, 3-11 WSG) took the lead with two runs in the top of the first on a two RBI double from Frank Amato, but the Mustangs (10-9, 7-3 WSG) sent 12 batters to the plate in the big third inning. Three more runs in the fourth made it 11-2.

AT tacked on a run in the sixth and took advantage of five walks in the seventh to get within 11-8, even getting the tying run to the plate with two outs before Morton shut the door.

"We took three innings off at the plate before we decided in the seventh inning we were going to start playing again to scramble to get us back in this ball game," AT coach Michael Kennedy said.

The Blazers won the series opener 5-4 Friday by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cancel out a Sergio Villalobos home run that came with two outs in the top of the seventh.

Villalobos was the winning pitcher Saturday, going six innings and allowing three runs.

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