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Focused Redmen rout Raiders

CHESHIRE — Rock Hill coach Barry Litteral doesn’t mind this kind of tunnel vision.

The Redmen hitters were focused on the River Valley pitching as Rock Hill pounded 14 hits and routed the Raiders 17-2 Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“That’s the most focused we’ve been for a whole game all season,” said Litteral. “We hit the ball hard all day.”

Nathan Davenport led the Rock Hill attack with a double and a grand slam home run. Josh Malone went 3-4, Josh Christian 2-3, and Zach Zornes and Davenport each went 2-4.

Seth Kuehne singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Zornes. After Zornes stole second, Mitchell Davenport doubled him home.

Mark DePriest had an RBI single, Josh Christian, Andy Smith, and Josh Malone all singled for two runs.

After two walked to load the bases, Nathan Davenport unloaded a grand slam home run.

River Valley got an unearned run in the first but Rock Hill got the run back in the second inning.

Christian reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and came home on a single by Malone.

The Redmen opened up a 16-1 lead with five runs in the third inning.

Seth Kuehne was hit by a pitch, Nathan Davenport doubled and Zornes had a two-run single. After two hit batsmen, Christian delivered a two-run single and Malone an RBI ground out.

The final Rock Hill run scored in the fifth when Nathan Davenport walked, Justice was hit by a pitch, and Malone singled.

Rock Hill is now tied with Fairland for first place in the OVC.

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River Valley10100=222

Josh Malone, Mitchell Davenport (1-K, 1-HBP) and Andy Smith. Matt Goodrich, Ryan Eggleton (3) and Austin Justice. W-Malone (2-R, 1-ER, 2-H, 2-K, 2-BB). 2B-RH: Nathan Davenport, Mitchell Davenport. HR-Rock Hill: Nathan Davenport. Hitting-Rock Hill: Seth Kuehne 1-1, Nate Davenport 2-4, Zach Zornes 2-4, Mitchell Davenport 1-2, Mark DePriest 1-1, Josh Christian 2-3, Andy Smith 1-3, Josh Malone 3-4; River Valley: Clayton Curnutte 1-3, Devin Gibbs 1-1.