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Rist hurls Flyers by Whiteoak

Jim Walker



CHILLICOTHE — Winning for the St. Joseph Flyers was as easy as flicking their “Rist.”

Brad Rist, that is.

Rist threw a four-hitter and the Flyers beat the Whiteoak Wildcats 5-2 on Monday at Veterans’ Stadium.

Rist struck out four and walked only three in going the distance.

“Brad pitched a heck of a ball game. He threw strikes and had good command of his pitches,” said Flyers’ coach Lou Mains.

“We got five hits in a row and that’s going to score some runs. We had trouble stringing hits together.”

St. Joseph scored all five of its runs in the second inning on a walk and five singles.

Zac McGraw opened the inning with a base hit with Rist and Clay Willis following with singles for a run. James Carter walked tol oad the bases and Austin Caskey hit into a fielder’s choice as a run scored.

Isaac Whaley and Gage Butler had RBI singles and Seth Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to cap the uprising.

Whiteoak got its two runs in the fourth on a single by Trevor Yeager, walks to Evan Brill and Austin Lewis, a single by Traeton Hamilton and then Jacob Burns reached on a two-out error.

Willis was 2-3 and Whaley 2-4 to lead the Flyers who had seven hits.

St. Joseph played Sciotoville East on Saturday and visits Rose Hill, Ky., on Monday.

St. Joseph 050 000 0 = 5 7 2

Whiteoak 000 200 0 = 2 4 2

Brad Rist and Zac McGraw. Austin Lewis, Joey Oliver (3) and Kyle Marler. W-Rist (K-4,BB-3, ER-1). L-Lewis. Hitting-St. Joseph: Isaac Whaley 2-4, Gage Butler 1-4, Zac McGraw 1-3, Brad Rist 1-3, Clay Willis 2-3; Whiteoak: Jacob Burns 1-4, Chase Carraher 1-4, Trevor Yeager 1-3, Traeton Hamilton 1-3.