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Rock Hill outscores Hornets 13-10 in OVC

PEDRO - When things are normal between the Coal Grove Hornets and Rock Hill Redmen, they're not normal.

It was business as usual Monday as the Redmen held off the Hornets 13-10 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

"It was a crazy game. It seems like every time we play Coal Grove things get a little wild," Rock Hill coach Barry Litteral said.

The game went down to the final inning and even then things were not normal.

In the seventh inning with the Hornets trailing 13-9, Randy Wise led off with a walk. Bryan Bryant reached on an error and Patrick Roush walked to load the bases.

Tyler Branch hit a pop up down the first base line and Rock Hill catcher Nathan Wagner was able to make the catch. But no one covered home and the runner scored.

But when the runner at second attempted to go to third base, the Redmen threw him out to end the game.

The game started and finished wild.

In the first inning, Coal Grove scored twice when Nick Bazell was hit by a pitch and Roush homered.

Rock Hill went up 3-2 in the bottom of the inning.

T.J. Blagg singled, Justin Lavender walked and Matt Wilson tripled. Josh Moore singled home Wilson.

Coal Grove went up 4-3 in the top of the second inning.

Eric Davidson doubled and Andrew Christian singled. An error sent Christian to second base and Mason Schug had an RBI single.

The Redmen regained the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Nick Howard was safe on an error, Blagg walked, K.C. Christian had an RBI single and a passed ball scored Blagg.

Coal Grove tied the game in the fourth inning when Andrew Christian walked and Schug and Wise singled.

"Lavender struck out the side with the bases loaded and then we scored eight runs. That was a key inning," Litteral said.

Rock Hill erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the inning.

Nick Howard singled, Blagg was hit by

a pitch, K.C. Christian walked and Lavender had a two-run single. Wilson singled in a run and Moore doubled home a pair. Nathan Wagner walked, Mike Williams was hit by pitch and Mark Anderson had a two-run single. Howard hit a sacrifice fly to cap the uprising with a 13-5 lead.

Coal Grove got a run back in the fifth inning when Jake Allen walked and Andrew Christian and Schug singled.

The Hornets scored three runs in the sixth inning to close to within 13-9.

Bazell was safe on an error and Tyler Brand had an RBI single. Davidson singled and Allen had a two-run double.

Lavender got the win with Moore coming on in the sixth inning to get the save. Wise started and took the loss for the Hornets.

The Redmen had 11 hits with Wilson going 2-for-3 and Moore and Anderson 2-4.

Schug was 3-4 to lead the Hornets 13-hit attack. Andrew Christian and Davidson were 2-3 and Wise 2-4.

Rock Hill, 8-3 and 3-3 in the OVC, hosts South Point Wednesday.

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Randy Wise, Eric Davidson (4) and Mason Schug. Justin Lavender, Josh Moore (6) and Nathan Wagner. W-Lavender (9-K, 3-W). Save-Moore (2-K, 1-W). L-Wise (2-K, 5-W, 1-HBP). Davidson (2-K, 0-W, 1-HBP). 2B-Coal Grove: Eric Davidson, Jake Allen; Rock Hill: Josh Moore. 3B-Rock Hill: Matt Wilson. HR-Coal Grove: Patrick Roush. Hitting-Coal Grove: Randy Wise 2-4, Bryan Bryant 1-5, Patrick Roush 1-4, Tyler Branch 1-4, Eric Davidson 2-3, Jake Allen 1-3, Andrew Christian 2-3, Mason Schug 3-4; Rock Hill: T.J. Blagg 1-2, K.C. Christian 1-3, Justin Lavender 1-3, Matt Wilson 2-3, Josh Moore 2-4, Mark Anderson 2-4, Nick Howard 1-3.