Hilltoppers hammer Rock Creek
Monday, April 08, 2013 11:00 AM
Shawe Hilltoppers swept a pair of 10-run rule games at home on Saturday, defeating Rock Creek 22-0 and 22-1 in baseball action.
LEAPING LION: Rock Creek second baseman Jake Cundiff jumps over a sliding Shawe baserunner Aczael Rios during Saturday’s game. The Hilltoppers had their way with Rock Creek, which is in its third season of varsity play. Shawe won the doubleheader 22-0 and 22-1. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
In game one, the Hilltoppers scored in each of their four at bats including three in the first, two in the second, three in third, and a 14-run explosion in the bottom of the fourth.
Shawe scored its 22 runs off 13 hits as Jordan Chandler led the attack by going 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored, five RBIs, and two stolen bases.
Kyle Daugherty was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs, Whit Grote went 2-for-3 from the number nine spot, adding two runs and two RBIs and David Grote added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs and two RBIs.
On the mound, Grayson Rhoten picked up the win by working three innings, giving up only one hit while walking one and striking out three. Kaelan Jines saw two innings of relief, striking out three while giving up no hits or walks.
"I was really happy to see our younger guys come in and play well," Shawe coach Matt Forner said. "Grayson Rhoten and Kaelin Jones both threw the ball well in that first game and it was good to see."
In game two, the Hilltoppers again scored in each of their four at bats tallying 22 runs off 14 hits. After Rock Creek opened the game with a run, Shawe scored six runs in the bottom of the first and added 12 more in the bottom of the second to go up 18-1.
Shawe then scored two more in the third and four in the fourth for the decisive 22-1 margin in five innings.
Chandler had another great game at the plate. The senior was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and home run and was only a single short of the cycle. Chandler also had four runs scored and drove in six runs.
Other leaders for the Hilltoppers at the plate were David Grote, 3-for-4 with a run scored and 2 RBIs; Jesse Ball, 2-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs; and Daugherty, 2-for-3 with four runs and an RBI.
Luke Higgins and Whit Grote also had solid games as both were 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
"We really hit the ball well. Kyle Daugherty and Jordan Chandler are just killing the ball right now," Forner said. "We've got a lot of guys that are swinging the bat well."
Chandler picked up the win on the mound. He worked four innings, giving up one hit and one run, while walking five and striking out five. Daugherty pitched an inning of relief. allowing no runs and no hits while walking one and striking out three.
For the second game in a row, the Hilltoppers did not commit an error.
"It was great to get the two wins but I wish we could have had a little better games," Forner said. "But it was nice to give our freshmen a chance to play."
Shawe (4-1) visits Jac-Cen-Del tonight for an Ohio River Valley Conference clash. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Raiders rout Demons 14-5
Trimble County baseball kicked the ball around for a couple of innings and then took care of business the rest of the way in a 14-5 win at Williamstown on Saturday.
The Raiders made three errors in the contest - all three in the first two innings when starting pitcher Zak Beard was tagged for five runs - only one earned. Still, at the end of two frames the Raiders and Demons were all knotted up 5-5.
From that point on the game was all Trimble County as the visitors rapped out 15 total hits while Beard, a junior right-hander, twirled a two-hitter to win the game going away and improve to 1-1 on the season.
"We got off to a bad start. We made some errors and didn't back Zak up very well, but after that Zak and the team settled down and shut Williamstown down the rest of the way," Trimble coach Frank Ragland said. "The key to the game was the way Zak Beard settled down after the second inning. He threw 58 pitches just to get out of the first two innings and threw 55 over the last five innings. He did a nice job of keeping himself composed."
It didn't hurt that the Raiders (2-3) hit the Demons (1-7) throughout their lineup. Everybody in the Trimble batting order contributed to the 15 hit attack and leadoff hitter Jordan Tingle was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Andrew Young was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Robbie Brooks was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Brooks and Conner Beard smashed doubles for the only extra-base hits of the game.
Tingle and Brooks' combined for what proved to be the game-winning rally in the third inning when Tingle singled and came home on Brooks' double.
The run put Trimble on top 6-5 and the Raiders then slammed the door with a six-run fifth that was fueled by singles and walks with all six runs coming with two outs.
Trimble will now visits Oldham County today.