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Rock Hill uses big 7th inning rally to beat Panthers

CHESAPEAKE — That’s why they play seven innings.

The Rock Hill Redmen scored six runs in the seventh inning to rally past the Chesapeake Panthers 7-4 Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“That was a big win for us. The kids battled back and we got the base hits when we needed them,” Redmen coach Barry Litteral said.

The comeback improved Rock Hill’s record to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Chesapeake took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Clinton Baise reached on an error, Bryon Huff walked, and Kyle Rase was safe on an error for a run. Kersten Harris followed with a sacrifice fly.

Rock Hill cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning.

Zach Zornes singled, Drew Kuehne walked, Mark DePriest moved Zornes to third on a fly out where he scored on a throwing error.

The Panthers answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 4-1.

With one out, Harris reached on an error, Jaron Bartoe walked, and Travis Zimmerman reached on a wild pitch third strike with Harris scoring.

Matt Angle was safe on an error to score Bartoe.

But then came the big seventh inning rally.

With one out, Seth Kuehne was hit by a pitch, J.C. Murnahan walked and Carl Blankenship got an RBI single.

Zornes’ base hit drove in a run and Drew Kuehne singled in two runs.

DePriest singled and Josh Guy walked to load the bases. Nathan Davenport hit into a force play but Corey Burke reached on an error as two runs scored.

Chesapeake loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but Kuehne struck out two and then got a pop out to end the game.

“Drew bowed his back in the seventh,” Litteral said.

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Drew Kuehne and J.C. Murnahan. Travis Zimmerman, Clinton Baise (7) and Bryon Huff. W-Kuehne (6-K, 4-BB, 0-ER). L-Zimmerman (7-K, 6-BB, 1-HBP). Hitting-Rock Hill: Corey Burke 2-5, Carl Blankenship 1-3, Zach Zornes 2-4, Drew Kuehne 2-2, Mark DePriest 1-3, Nathan Davenport 1-3; Chesapeake: Bryon Huff 2-3, Kyle Rase 1-4.