BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – The host Bay Rockets blasted free from a 3-3 midgame score, scoring 10 unanswered runs in defeating Rocky River, 13-3, on Tuesday.
The Rockets scored five in the bottom of the fourth and then five more in an endgame bottom-of-the-fifth in the run-rule victory in Great Lakes Conference play. For the game, Bay put 19 men aboard via 10 hits, six walks and three Rocky River errors.
“The way this one went is tough to handle,” said Head Coach Darryl Sanders, whose Pirates have now lost 3-of-their-last-4. “It’ll take a team collaboration to get some mistakes corrected, but we’ll get it done.”
On Tuesday, the mistakes occurred after River had battled back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game with a two-out, RBI single by Braedon Spies in the second. And then after the Pirates had tied the game a second time with RBI singles by Tommy Kelly and Ross Hartman in the fourth. Kelly, Hartman and Owen Jaite were all on base with one out in that fourth inning. But they were marooned buccaneers, stranded on their respective points of the diamond, two outs later. From that point forward, the 3-3 rivalry game between Rocky River and Bay melted into a steep decline for the Pirates.
Four hits, a walk and a River error led to the Rockets hanging five on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. The Pirate counter was a 1-2-3 top-of-the-fifth. The home nine then closed out the game by peppering in three singles to go with a few River miscues in a five-run bottom-of-the-fifth.
Bay finished the game 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
The Pirate offense was paced by the exploits of Tommy Kelly (3-for-3), Braedon Spies (2-for-2) and Ross Hartman (1-for-2, walk).
With his three-hit performance, Kelly upped his season batting average to .317 (13-of-51).
The Pirates (5-9, 3-4 GLC) and Rockets are slated to close out their league home-and-home on Thursday.
CANNON FIRE …
FLEET-FOOTED FROSH: Freshman Braedon Spies stole two bases Tuesday and now has a team-leading eight on the season. Spies has swiped eight bags in nine attempts. He owns a .552 on-base percentage in 29 plate appearances.
RBI GUY: With his RBI single on Tuesday, senior Ross Hartman has collected at least one RBI in 9-of-the-team’s-14 games this season. Hartman owns a slash line of .361/.455/.806 (batting/on-base/slugging) and has knocked in a total of 13 runs. He’s batting .412 with runners in scoring position.
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