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Valley’s hitting too much for Redmen

LUCASVILLE — Good pitching met good hitting.

The hitting won.

The Lucasville Valley Indians collected 12 hits as they beat the Rock Hill Redmen 11-2 Friday in the Division III sectional finals.

“(Ryan) Hackworth threw well. He picked off two runners. They just hit good pitches,” said Rock Hill coach Barry Litteral.

“The game was 3-2 at the end of four and 6-2 at the end of five and we’re still in the ball game but they just started hitting the ball.”

Rock Hill took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Drew Kidd, Devin Darby, Cody Massie and Jeremy Blagg drew four straight walks.

Blagg was 2-2 with a double.

Valley tied the game in the bottom of the first inning but the Redmen went ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning on a one-out solo home run by Matt Jenkins.

However, Valley took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning and added three more in the fifth to lead 6-3.

The Indians blew the game open with five runs in the sixth inning.

Rock Hill ends the season 14-9.

“I’m proud of my kids. They never quit. We just didn’t have enough hits or baserunners,” said Litteral. “We had a good year. We had a lot of support from the fans and we appreciate that.”

Valley is now 18-5.

Rock Hill 100 100 0 = 2 3 1

Lucasville 100 235 x = 11 12 0

Ryan Hackworth (5-IP, 8-H, 6-ER, 7-R, 2-BB, 3-K), Devin Darby (1-IP, 4-H, 4-R, 4-ER, 1-BB, 0-K) and Cody Massie. Evan Richard and Andrew Hartley. W-Richard (3-H, 2-R, 2-ER, 5-BB, 10-K). L-Hackworth. 2B-RH: Jeremy Blagg; LV: Andrew Hartley, Brice Crabtree, Ryan Wamsley. HR-RH: Matt Jenkins. Hitting-Rock Hill: Jeremy Blagg 2-2, Matt Jenkins 1-3; Lucasville Valley: Alex Holcomb 1-3, Tyler Rowe 1-4, Zach Buckiewicz 2-4, Andrew Hartley 3-4, Brice Crabtree 1-4, Ryan Wamsley 1-3, Luke Keller 3-3.