EUREKA – It was not a good idea for Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn to fall behind Eureka, particularly in the hosts’ first at-bat.
The Hornets scored all of their runs in the first and second innings March 28 in a 10-0 victory at the middle school. The 10-run rule went into the effect after completion of the top of the fifth.
A total of 10 Eureka (12-2) hitters batted in the bottom half of the first. Six of the 10 crossed home plate. The hosts had three hits and also were the beneficiary of three RBLW (3-6) errors, a hit batter and a base on balls.
“That’s something we said going into the season…we can take advantage of the mistakes and the way our offense can hit,” Hornets’ coach Dane Wear said. “They showed up today.”
In the inning, Adam Anderson had a run-scoring double, while number nine batter Colby Blunier drove in a pair with a two-out, two-bagger to center field. Five of the six runs scored with two outs.
“Extremely,” pointed out Rockets’ assistant coach Trent Monge when asked the importance of not getting into an early hole. “We cannot do anything we can do down five or six or seven runs early.”
Eureka pushed across four more in the second.
From there, it was left to Brady Krile. The right-hander allowed just three baserunners (two hits, one walk) over five. He struck out eight, including six in a row. Krile (4-0) threw only 65 pitches, 47 of which were for strikes.
“He’s been really good,” said Wear of his senior ace. “He knows he has to work on a few things. He knows he has to pitch to contact. When he does, he’s going to be really good because we have a really good defense behind him.”
With the bat, Krile contributed two of the six hits.
The Rockets’ hits came by way of singles from Jarrett Bline and Logan Nix. Bline had to leave the game in the bottom of the first after taking a backswing to his catcher’s helmet. He was taken out as a precautionary measure.
L. Nix (0-2) started for the guests and did not make it out of the first.
“It’s a long season and we’ll get it figured out,” Monge offered. “We’re not aggressive at the plate. We still have to figure out where the pieces go. We’ll be fine.”
From the Eureka dugout, almost everything is smooth sailing…almost.
“I do not think our baserunning is where we want it to be,” admitted Wear. “I expect us to be more aggressive on the bases. We’re doing a lot of things well. There’s always room for improvement.”