ROANOKE - Despite having the advantage of playing at home, Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn lost 6-5 to Peoria Heights in Thursday's regional at Bill Zeman Field.
Ultimately, the Rockets (13-16) were unable to climb out of a four-run hole, although they got to within one twice. They stranded the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“When you’re down 4-0, you cannot give away outs,” RBLW coach Wade Hunter said. “You have to be able to hit the ball. Zero, one, two (runs), most nights, you’re not going to win. We score three, four, five, you have a chance to win. The problem was we put guys on and then we made errors. We did not make the plays when we needed to.”
Jarrett Bline collected three of the Rockets' nine hits, including a two-run homer to get the hosts on the board in the third. Hunter McCaw led PH (6-16) with a pair of hits, as they finished with nine.
Delavan ousted the Patriots 10-0 in Saturday's championship contest. It was halted in the fifth by the 10-run rule.
Notes: Trevor Heath, who was the winning pitcher, is the lone holdover from the Patriots’ title squad of two seasons ago. As a sophomore, he started at third and also pitched. He drove in the go-ahead run in the 4-3 semifinal triumph over Goreville and recorded the final three outs on the mound in the 6-2 victory over Valmeyer. Heath posted a 5-1 record as a pitcher, as PH ended up 24-5.
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