The Mohawks (30-8) are hoping to have his bat in the lineup starting Monday in their regular-season finale at West Des Moines Dowling.■ Hi-Toms win 'strange game' (the-dispatch.com)
That’s when Rood is hoping to have Brandon Platts back in the mix as well.
The Missouri commit and Pittsburgh Pirates draftee hasn’t played since a June 27 win over Fort Dodge.
He’ll have an MRI on his elbow this week.
“We need Brandon back and we need Aaron in the lineup to do what we want to do,” Rood said.
As for Platts, Rood added, “I think he is making progress, there’s no question in my mind. I expect to have him in our lineup Monday.”
“It was a strange game tonight,” Thomasville coach Jeff Steele said. “We'll take the win.”
The game totaled eight runs but featured just four RBIs. Four balks were called, though one was overturned.
Martinsville (2-2) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off Kyle Barbeck, though neither run was earned. Leadoff hitter Anthony Nunziato walked, then took second on Barbeck's balk. John Faircloth's grounder then induced an error from shortstop Stephen Carmon, allowing Nunziato to score from second and Faircloth to reach second. Three batters later, Eli Hynes hit an RBI single.
Barbeck faced a bases-loaded jam in the third inning but escaped with a strikeout. He left after five innings having given up three hits and three walks with six strikeouts and no earned runs.
“I was extremely proud. He was a little shaky, but he came out in the second inning and kind of settled down,” Steele said. “We needed five or six innings out of him tonight and he was able to give it to us.