Missed opportunities plagued Robinson High School's baseball team Monday, but the Maroons were still able to find a way to notch another one in the win column.
Robinson was able to scratch across a couple of runs to edge host Newton in a pitcher's duel, 2-1, in Little Illini Conference play.
Robinson's Landen Hoagland and Newton's Elijah Knepper limited the opposing offenses for much of the game, but the Maroons were able to do just enough damage at the plate to pull out the victory.
"You have to be happy with a win, but we had to many opportunities to score more," RHS head coach Scott Albright said. "We could not get a bunt down to move runners. When you get runners on first and second with no outs or one out you have to be able to move them. We had some bad base running also that took us out of innings. We stranded nine runners and four of them were on base with one out and we could not score them. We have to get better in that area."
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third, when Newton plated a run to take a 1-0 lead. Robinson answered with a run in the fourth to even the score, then pushed across the winning run in the fifth.
Hoagland took care of the rest, as he limited Newton to one run on one hit over seven innings. He also walked four and struck out six.
"Landen did a good job on the mound," Albright said.
Robinson was led at the plate by Blake Hale with two singles and a run scored, while Gunther VanWinkle posted a base hit and a run batted in. Hoagland and Michael Elliott added a base hit apiece, Brayden Scott had a run batted in and Cole Blankenbeker scored a run.