Redmen get past Pointers in 8-inning pitcher’s duel
PEDRO — It’s the little things that mean a lot.
The little things were the difference for the Rock Hill Redmen as they slipped past the South Point Pointers 2-1 Thursday in eight innings.
Rock Hill used two bunts to help score runs as they improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
“It was a pitcher’s duel. We faced a pretty good pitcher and we did the little things we had to do in order to pull out a win,” said Rock Hill coach Barry Litteral.
“(David) Turley has had two good outings. Josh (Malone) came in and did a good job.”
Turley went seven innings before Malone came on to work the eighth and get the win. Jacob Seagraves went the distance for the Pointers and took the loss despite striking out 12, walking just two and giving up six hits.
Rock Hill took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jeremy Blagg was safe on an error, Herbie Butterbaugh singled to put runners on the corners, and C.J. Justice dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt.
South Point tied the game in the third inning. Kyle Dickess doubled, moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Fletcher, and Josh Esque hit a sacrifice fly.
In the eighth, Malone opened the inning with a base hit, Shane Russell sacrificed the runner and Mitchell Davenport was intentionally walked.
Cody Massie then singled on the first pitch to centerfield to score Malone and end the game.
Butterbaugh was 2-3 for the Redmen. Dickess was 2-4 for the Pointers.
On Friday, Rock Hill visits Coal Grove and South Point hosts Chesapeake.
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Jacob Seagraves and Steven McClure. David Turley (4-K, 2-BB, 4-H, 1-ER), Josh Malone and Massie. W-Malone (1-BB). L-Seagraves (12-K, 2-BB). 2B-South Point: Kyle Dickess. Hitting-South Point: Kyle Dickess 2-4, Jake Adkins 1-4, Steven Adkins 1-4; Rock Hill: Josh Malone 1-3, Mitchell Davenport 1-3, Cody Massie 1-4, Herbie Butterbaugh 2-3, C.J. Justice 1-2.