Redmen get past Hornets
PEDRO — It was a game that called for a little extra.
Rock Hill and Coal Grove combined for 12 extra base hits including four home runs by the Redmen as they outlasted the Hornets 13-9 Thursday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
“It was a ball game where both teams hit the ball hard,” said Redmen coach Barry Litteral. “Both teams battled and didn’t give up, we were just able to push across more runs.”
Coal Grove started the scoring with a run in the first inning on doubles by Wayne Sparks and Alex Johnson.
Rock Hill answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Drew Kuehne walked and Nathan Davenport homered. Two outs later, Mitchell Davenport singled and Mark DePriest unloaded a home run.
Josh Christian then walked, stole second and scored on a hit by C.J. Justice.
Each team scored two runs in the second inning.
Jake Murphy doubled, David Bridges singled, and Oakie Haynes hit into a fielder’s choice for a run. Bridges scored on a passed.
Rock Hill scored on a solo home run by Seth Kuehne and singles by Zach Zornes, Mitchell Davenport and DePriest.
Johnson walked and Taylor Dean drilled a two-run homer as Coal Grove scored twice in the third inning to make it 7-5.
The Hornets got a run in the fourth when Zack Murphy was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Sparks’ double.
Rock Hill answered as Seth Kuehne was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved up on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Zornes.
Coal Grove (4-4, 3-2) scored three in the fifth to lead 9-8.
Shannon Goodwin hit a solo home run to start the inning. Jake Murphy was safe on an error, Zack Murphy walked and Sparks doubled for a run. Zack Murphy scored on a passed ball.
But Rock Hill (3-1, 3-1) rallied with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
DePriest reached on an error but Josh Christian hit into a fielder’s choice. C.J. Justice put down a bunt and was safe on a throwing error. Christian scored with Justice going to third base.
Josh Malone was safe on an error as Justice scored. Seth Kuehne also reached on an error and Nathan Davenport slugged his second home run of the game.
Zack Murphy, Alex Johnson (5) and Taylor Dean. David Turley, Josh Malone (5) and C.J. Justice. W-Malone (2-H, 0-ER, 7-K, 1-BB) (Turley (1-K, 4-BB, 1-HBP). L-Murphy (13-R, 10-H, 4-K, 2-BB, 1-HBP). 2B-CG: Wayne Sparks 3, Alex Johnson, Jake Murphy; RH: Zach Zornes. HR-Coal Grove: Taylor Dean, Shannon Goodwin; Rock Hill: Seth Kuehne, Nate Davenport 2, Mark DePriest. Hitting-Coal Grove: Wayne Sparks 3-4, Alex Johnson 1-3, Taylor Dean 1-3, Shannon Goodwin 1-4, Jake Murphy 2-4, David Bridges 1-4, Oakie Haynes 1-4; Rock Hill: Seth Kuehne 1-3, Nathan Davenport 2-4, Zach Zornes 2-3, Mitchell Davenport 2-3, Mark DePriest 2-4, C.J. Justice 1-3, Josh Malone 1-4.