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Rock Hill offense keys opening win

Rock Hill’s Jordan Hairston pitched a four-hitter and belted two home runs in a win over Ironton St. Joseph Wednesday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Rock Hill’s Jordan Hairston pitched a four-hitter and belted two home runs in a win over Ironton St. Joseph Wednesday. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

PEDRO — There was no shortage of offense for the Rock Hil Redmen

Rock Hill banged out 23 hits including four home runs as they beat the St. Joseph Flyers 24-1 Wednesday in their season opener.

Jack Goodwin was 3-for-3 with double and a home run while Aaron Dalton was 4-6 with a double to lead the offense. Jordan Hairston was 2-5 with a pair of home runs, Jonathan Joseph 2-5, Sean McFann, Austin Barcus and Brandon Schob were all 2-2, Levi Wilds 3-4 and Chance Blankenship also homered.

Hairston got the win as he pitched a four-hitter. He struck out five and walked only one.

“We hit the ball really well. We got off to a good start and kept it going,” said Rock Hill coach Barry Litteral.

“Jordan threw the ball really well and we played good defense behind him.

Joseph Payton, Brandon Adkins, Chris Lewis and Trey Neal all had hits for St. Joseph (1-2).

Goodwin two-run homer in the first inning and Hairston had a solo shot and it was 5-0.

Chance Blankenship had a three-run homer and Jonathan Joseph belted a two-run homer to highlight a six-run third and the lead was 13-0.

Hairston hit his second home run — a two-run shot — to key the 12-run fourth inning.

The Redmen host the Stefanie Spielman Wood Bat Tournament Thursday and Saturday.

Green plays River Valley at 5 p.m. and Rock Hill faces New Boston at 7 p.m. The consolation and championship games are set for noon and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Rock Hill 516 (12)0 = 24 23 1

St. Joseph 000 10 = 1 4 3

Jordan Hairston and Levi Wilds. Joseph Payton and Jacob Clark. W-Hairston (K-5, BB-1, ER-1). L-Payton. Hitting-RH: Aaron Dalton 4-6, Corey Noel 1-4, Jack Goodwin 3-3, Jonathan Joseph 2-5, Jordan Hairston 2-5, Sean McFann 2-2, Austin Barcus 2-2, Levi Wilds 3-4, Chance Blankenship 1-4, Drew McClaskey 1-2, Brandon Schob 2-2; SJ: Joseph Payton 1-2, Brandon Adkins 1-1, Chris Lewis 1-2, Trey Neal 1-1. 2B-RH: Aaron Dalton, Jack Goodwin, Sean McFann. HR-Rock Hill: Chance Blankenship, Jonathan Joseph, Jordan Hairston 2.