Being able to take advantage of their opponent's mistakes and not letting their own miscues hurt them helped Oblong High School's baseball team pick up their second straight victory Monday.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 6-1 win over Red Hill in Little Illini Conference play.
Oblong opened the scoring with a run in the first, as Tyler Woods walked and later scored when James Rogers reached on an error to give OHS a 1-0 lead.
The Panthers capitalized on more Red Hill miscues in a three-run third, as four walks plated the first run, then after Ryan Gill delivered a RBI single to score the second run, Woods scored the final run of the inning on a balk to make the score 4-0.
Oblong added two runs in the fourth when Zander Laino and Michael Brown led off with consecutive singles, then both scored when Dawson Maus reached on an error following a sacrifice bunt attempt, giving the Panthers a 6-0 advantage.
Red Hill scored their lone run in the sixth to avoid the shutout, but they would not get any closer.
Koert Mehler led OHS at the plate with a double, a single and a run batted in, while Brown singled and scored twice. Gill posted a base hit and a run batted in, Laino singled and scored a run, Maus added a base hit, Woods scored two runs and Kyler Fear scored a run.
Woods went the distance on the mound to earn the win, allowing an unearned run on three hits, while walking one and striking out five in seven innings.
"Woody put together a nice game on the mound," OHS head coach Dave Hasty said. "Our defense was feast or famine tonight. Our outfielders made some really great plays, but we had five errors too, so we are fortunate that those did not come back to haunt us."
Oblong (5-11, 4-6 LIC) will play at Robinson for a non-conference contest Friday at 7 p.m.