Once Raiders’ offense gets rolling, stockpile of runs usually follows


Quincy Notre Dame freshman right-hander Jackson Connoyer delivers a pitch in the first inning Friday against Kirksville at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The way Herman Boone described his football team’s offense in “Remember the Titans” is an apt way to describe the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team’s offense.

“It’s like Novocaine,” Boone said. “Just give it time, it always works.”

In the case of the Raiders, just let them see enough pitches and they’ll always hit.

Friday was a perfect example. Facing Kirksville in the opening game of the QND/Palmyra Spring Slam at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield, the Raiders had one run and three hits the first time through the order. Four innings later, they walked off with a 12-2 victory in which they collected 13 hits, six doubles and a home run, and forced the Tigers to use five pitchers.

QND (25-1) has won 22 games in a row and has scored double-digit runs in 16 consecutive games. The Raiders are hitting .396 as a team with four players hitting .400 or better.

It started in the third inning with QND ahead 1-0. Dalton Miller led off with a single and scored on Brady Kindhart’s double. Jack Linenfelser followed with a double, and a one-out sacrifice fly by Nolan Robb made it a 3-0 advantage as Kindhart scored.

In the fourth, Miller hit a two-run home run to right field, Kindhart doubled and Robb drove him home with a two-out double. An error allowed another run to score. In the fifth, Miller scored on a balk and Robb drove in Linenfelser with a single.

A two-run single by Kindhart and a bases-loaded walk to Mason Winking finished it in the sixth.

Kindhart went 4 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs. Miller went 3 for 4 with four runs scored, a double, a home run and three RBIs. Linenfelser doubled twice.

It took the pressure off freshman right-hander Jackson Connoyer, who battled through rainy conditions to limit the Tigers to two runs and six hits over 5 ⅔ innings. He struck out five and walked two to improve to 4-0 this season.

The Raiders are scheduled to play twice Saturday — at 10 a.m. against Hannibal and at noon against Macon at The Ferd.

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